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I know not everyone keeps upcycle fabric scraps, but I try to use up every last bit of a garment. With a little help from Cricut, I’m sharing how to make a fabric scrap matching game from upcycled jeans (also check out 45+ ways to use up old jeans)! My kids are currently crazy about dinosaurs, but it would be simple to tailor this to any other animal, cartoon character, or even basic shapes. This is an easy handmade game tutorial that you can tuck in in your suitcase for a summer vacation or save it for when winter has you snowed in. Right now we have 100+ temperatures, so this game was a welcome distraction to stay inside and play!
When Cricut invited me to join in this blog tour, I had reservations. 5 years ago, my husband gifted me a (different brand) digital cutting machine and I was so excited… until I tried it. I consider myself relatively tech-savvy but I could not get that darn thing to do what I wanted. It has long-since been a sore spot that I hated, and eventually sold, his gift but I decided to risk it. My experience with the Cricut Explore Air 2 couldn’t be any different! Set-up time until I was actually making this project was maybe 30 minutes tops, no video tutorials or Googling required. It all looks super professional, and there is no way I could’ve done this level of detail with my usual freezer paper trick. Update: I now own a Cricut machine that could cut the square, too, see my honest review of the Cricut Maker here!
How to make a fabric scrap memory game
- Glitter Cherry* and Metallic Blush* Iron-On
- Cricut Accessory Set*
- “Dinosaur Foot Print #MD667C6 Prehistoric Party”* and “A Frightful Affair – Crack” (see my project on Design Space here — consider a Cricut Access subscription* for unlimited downloads!)
- Dinosaur Bundle SVG file*
- Jeans for upcycling
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Ruler or cutting board with measuring marks
- Pinking shears*
- Press cloth (I just use a random piece of white cotton)
- Coordinating thread
- Fusible interfacing (optional)
- Fabric drawstring bag
1- Set up your designs in Design Space! I cut my jean squares to 3.5″ and it shows you the measurement of each design if you click on them, so I adjusted accordingly depending on the dinosaur, so they would fit. Once you have things the size you want, click the green ‘make it’ button. This Cricut model has bluetooth, so I set that up and skipped the cords. One of my favorite features was that it lets you switch what size iron-on you’re cutting out of, reconfiguring the designs so they all fit, automatically (as seen above).
2-Load your iron-on, shiny liner down, and follow the on-screen instructions to cut. I REALLY love that it has a warning about “mirroring” text so it applies correctly, with an easy toggle switch before you cut. There is a simple dial to select what material you are using, no special blades to switch out or measurements to remember. Super easy.
3- Unload the design and “weed” the vinyl from around the design you cut. I used the special tools they sent to pick out the smallest bit, or I heard you can use washi/packing tape to get the tiny bits easily.
4- Place the iron-on face down on the drawstring bag, put a pressing cloth (white cotton fabric will work just fine) down, and hold according to the directions. Let it cool off, peel, put other layers on top. Repeat for your other designs, making the bag (my project on Design Space here)
5-Cut 3.5″ squares (32 of them, for my version) out of the jeans, apply your dinosaur silhouettes as in step 4, and then sew with a blank square wrong sides together, with 1/4″ seam allowance. If you want stiffer “pieces”, you could insert fusible interfacing in between the layers but I liked them floppier for packing purposes. Trim the edges with pinking shears and you’re done! The pinking shears creates tiny little on-the-bias angles so the edges don’t fray and ruin all your hard work. I prefer this method for denim because it keeps the seams from getting really thick!
You’re done! I can’t stop thinking about all the sewing projects I could make with my new Cricut.
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