Cricut Grid Education
As part of our membership, we offer some grids and we’ve heard that some members are confused about how to use them. So, we put together this adorable garden flag tutorial to show you how to make use of the grids. With grids, it’s like having half the work of designing your project already done for you!
Cricut Grid Education
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Cut Files/Fonts Used:
- Printable Vinyl
- Rotary Blade
- StandardGrip Mat
- EasyPress Mat
- Teflon Sheet
- Download the fonts and cut files from Makers Gonna Learn. You need to unzip the files and install the fonts on your computer. Upload the cut files into Design Space.
- Grab a square and size it to 11.5″x17″ or whatever size you want. This should be sized to the space you have available for your design on the canvas flag. Get another square and size it to 11.5″x3″ or whatever size you want to symbolize the rod pocket. Place that at the top of your background rectangle.
- Move Grid 4 to the canvas and size it to arrange however you want.
- Open a text box. Choose the font you want and then type in the text you want. Bring it up to the grid where you want to put it and size it to arrange it however you want. You can decrease the spacing between the letters through the letter-spacing button or manually adjust it by pressing ungroup. Make sure to group the text again after ungrouping and moving. Repeat the same process for all the text in the grid. If you need to curve the text, you can select your text and go up to the top and use the curving tool.
- Once all the text is placed and arranged in the grip, you can add the accents. Ungroup the accents and hide the layers you don’t need, Then, move the ones you need over to the grid. You can size and arrange the embellishments however you wish.
- Once you are satisfied with your design, you can delete the grid. Be sure to weld your text.
- For Grid 18, in order to arrange and fit the text into it, you need to ungroup the text and move the letters individually. After all, the texts are arranged in the grid and you are satisfied, you can delete the grid and weld all the text together.
- For the hot air balloons, these will be a Print then Cut. So, click Make It and connect to your printer to print them. Then, put the printed printable vinyl onto your cutting mat and load it into your Cricut to cut out. Once done cutting, you can weed it.
- Place the canvas on your 12 x 24 mat. Load it into the machine. You will need to put your rotary blade into your Maker and select Canvas for your material.
- Load the mat into the machine with the canvas to cut. After that, load the mat with the vinyl and let it cut out the text. Make sure to mirror your text since we are using heat transfer vinyl.
- Serge the edges of the flag all the way around with the serger machine. If no serger machine is available, you can roll the edges of the flag and sew it with your sewing machine. Or if you prefer a no-sew approach, you can use hot glue. After serging, fold the edges over a little bit and sew them.
- Next, make the rod pocket. Fold the edge where you put the rod then sew it.
- Place the HTV onto the flag, Use your EasyPress to heat it. We used a heat setting of 340 degrees for 40 seconds.
- Next, you need to heat the printed images of the hot air balloons. Be sure to put a Teflon sheet over the printable vinyl before heating with your EasyPress.
- Drill holes on either end of the dowel (not directly into the round ends but near the ends up on the dowel itself). The holes are where you will insert the rope and tie it off.
Tanner, Courtney, and the rest of the Makers Gonna Learn Team are all here because we love die-cutting and especially love sharing fun projects and tutorials with fellow makers. We are all great friends and are always having a blast when we are together- you will see this on camera, especially during live streams! We are here to inspire and support you in your crafting journey!