Cricut Word Collage Vinyl Sewing Quilting Canvas Bag

First, I hope my Mother in Law is not reading this.  This is a gift for her birthday on Saturday…so SHHHH!  I think we can just keep it between us right? 😉  We’ll put the finished project at the bottom just in case.  She’ll never find it there!  😀

CE2 + Gypsy+Word Collage+Vinyl = Crafty Sewing Bag Goodness

Ok, now that I’m sure we’re alone and my MIL isn’t listening to my crafting surprise I can tell you that I’m taking a boring creme colored canvas bag that I bought at Hobby Lobby and turning it into a fun vinyl decorated bag for her sewing needs!  She’s a very talented quilter and terrific at sewing.  Sometimes she goes to sewing circles (like our crops) or sewing shows and I KNOW she needs another bag to tote around her sewing things.  (Especially shopping at a sewing show.  Am I right?  Totally.) 😉

Need vinyl?  I like to buy mine from Expressions Vinyl.

I used the Cricut Expression 2 along with my Gypsy, the Cricut Word Collage Cartridge AND vinyl to make the bag.  1st I flipped the image so I could cut on the reverse side of the vinyl, that way it will be facing the right way when I’m ready to iron it on.  I also used the Gypsy to help me resize the image to fit the bag.

Here you can see the Gypsy & CE2 working together.  The Gypsy runs the CE2 when it’s plugged into it AND the CE2 also displays that “Connected” sign on its screen.  I’m cutting t-shirt vinyl which I bought at Expressions Vinyl.com.

Yep.  I have a daybed in my craft room.  That’s a quilt my Dad had made for a wedding gift for me & DH.

I bought a tiny ironing board AND a craft room dedicated $6 iron just for working with vinyl.  This way I could stop stealing the iron from our laundry room (which I almost never remembered to return).  In this photo I’m about to iron the vinyl down.  Then I’ll tear away the clear backing from the top of the vinyl.  Can you see it?  It’s there.  It’s just transparent.

The bag is a little wrinkled, but the vinyl is perfectly flat! 😉

I think she’ll really enjoy this bag.  I do think it’s cuter in person than in the above photo.  LOL!

If you have questions about using vinyl with your Cricut, I have the answers!!  Actually, I’ve put them all in my Cricut Vinylology DVD.  You can check it out on my Products page.  If you go to the bottom of that page you can even see a short commercial. 😀

Happy Crafting!


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  1. Hi Joy, This is my first time at leaving a message and joining your blog. I love all your ideas. You have done a brilliant job with the vinyl bag.. Your mother-in-law will love it!! Hugs Julie UK xx

    1. Hi Julie!
      Thank you so much! 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to visit and to leave a message. 🙂
      Have a craft filled awesome day!

  2. that is clever!! ordering some of that vinyl to do something clever with myself! TFS Joy! You are an inspiration to me!

  3. Joy, Love your bag,great gift.I need to make me a scrapbooking one,I will have to check out that website for the vinyl.I have a daybed in my craftroom,Too,Joy

  4. Great project! I think your mother in law will love it; I know I would.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

  5. This is SEW super cute Joy, You MIL is gonna LOVE it!!!!
    thank you so much for sharing this project, I was working on making T-shirts for our trip to Disney this fall, I just used the iron on transfers, but they turned out great, I would love to try this Iron on Vinyl….oh if they would only mail to Canada……maybe some day they will…

  6. What a cute bag! I’m sure she’ll love taking it shopping and to her quilting events. TFS!

  7. OMGOODNESS! What a great bag! I haven’t tried the iron on vinyl yet! I think I’m chicken! I do own your DVD so you’d think that would make me less scared! I think I’ll go watch it again and try some out! 🙂

  8. I am really loving all of your blog post and projects. I am new and trying to catch up. I love the vinyl. Just fab. Thank you.

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