I’m excited to be a part of the Cricut Design Space Star™ Challenge! In case you haven’t heard, Cricut is looking for their next designer for their awesome library of projects for the Cricut Explore. I received a Cricut Explore a few months ago after I attended a dinner sponsored by Cricut during Alt Summit Winter. I’ve made a couple of paper projects with it so far, including finger puppet business cards and the swinging pinata birthday party invitations, but I know I have barely scratched the surface of this amazing tool. So, the way the challenge works is this: the bloggers are broken up into teams of 10 and each team decides on a theme that fits within a greater theme decided on by the folks at Cricut. For August, Cricut’s theme is “Fashion/Gear” and my team chose the theme “Lace.”
My first project for the challenge is this Leather and Lace Slouchy Tote. ( Top Secret Note: Between you and me, it’s not actual leather, it’s vinyl. But Vinyl and Lace sounded kind of lame. ) First of all, I am proud to say that this is a fabric destash project! The only fabric I bought for this was the lining, and I found that at 50% off in the JoAnn remnant bin. Everything else was excavated from the deep dark corners…err…neatly folded rows of fabric in my stash.
The top fabric is a roughly textured silk. It didn’t start out that way, but I washed it and dried it in my regular washing machine and the resulting nubby soft texture was a happy accident. The raw, frayed edge also happened in the laundry, and I went with it! But I added a zigzag stitch just below the fray to keep it from unraveling any more. I stitched that to the leather-look vinyl on the base of the tote, which I designed in Illustrator and used my Cricut Explore to cut.
Behind the oval cut-outs, I placed a rich metallic copper vinyl. This is the same material I used for the handles. I thought about somehow sticking or ironing on the copper fabric behind the oval cutouts, but I think it gives the whole bag more dimension and overall texture to have the metallic fabric sit loosely behind the tan vinyl. I then added a strip of lace with a raw top edge across the center of the bag. Finally, I added a lining (and I included a cell phone pocket in there) and the handles.
And that’s it! If you want to try your hand at the Cricut Explore, be sure to read the details below for a chance to win one!
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FULL DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post. I am part of the Cricut affiliate network and received compensation to post about the Cricut Explore™ Giveaway. I did not receive compensation for the Design Space Star™ Challenge, however I may receive some fabulous prize money if I win!