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{BLOG TOUR} EEK. BOO. SHRIEK. by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics

Exactly 3 months away.

Eek!! The countdown is ON for Halloween -- can you believe it's just around the corner?!  I am so excited to share my wicked little witch and her sidekick for the EEK. BOO. SHRIEK. {Blog Tour}.

Eek.Boo.Shriek. by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics is such a fun collection for Halloween.  It's a mixture of skeletons, skulls, and all things Halloween.  It has purple, orange, and black colorways and also includes 3 doll witch panels (each colorway) that have the pattern pieces pre-printed on the fabric, along with the pattern directions.  

Isn't this the cutest little witch?! The pattern even includes a little witch hat.  As soon as I saw this as one of the fabric selections, I was sold.  Of course, my daughter would want a matching dress, right?

Easy peasy!! I simply grabbed the individual prints and turned to the Janie Lou Pattern by Little Lizard King.  With a little sleeve modification, a bit of hand-applique and a smidgen of ribbon, I recreated the 18" Doll panel in big girl size 😊

The front bodice of Janie Lou has an inset which made embellishing the Shriek Dot Orange with ribbon extremely easy.  In lieu of the buckle, I added just a straight piece of ribbon.  (And because I forgot about the sash and buckle... LOL)

I also switched out the button loops on the back bodice for actual button holes, mainly due to preference... and because my machine is a wizard at buttonholes so they aren't scary at all.

To add the Shriek Dot Black to the bottom of the skirt, I simply folded the width of the fabric until it was about a quarter of the original width.  Then I freehand cut jagged edges into it.  I used my first cut as a template for the back skirt. Then I pinned in place on the Shriek Damask Orange and stitched close to the edge to secure.  I opted to not use any Heat N' Bond to affix it because I think a little bit of frayed edges after washing will add a little dimension to the costume.

My daughter cannot wait to go trick-or-treating with her best girl, Grace.  She has even requested I sew Grace a Halloween bag to collect candy. HA!

Have you started sewing for Halloween yet?!  
I'm now one down, one to go 💀

Check out the rest of the Eek.Boo.Shriek Blog Tour!

July 31 That'-Sew-Kari
August 4 She Quilts A Lot

Happy {Early} Halloween!!

{Blog Tour} DIY "Day of the Week Underwear" with Cricut Explore Air 2

This post was created in partnership with Cricut.  All opinions are my own.  This post also contains affiliate links. Buy purchasing through my link, I am compensated.

Eeek!!! I am SO excited to be able to finally share this project with you.  Some of my fellow blogger friends and I have been working behind the scenes with Cricut to get your creative juices flowing for embellishing your sewing projects!   If you aren't familiar, Cricut is a series of cutting machines that can cut over 100 different materials -- you can virtually make whatever you dream!  Browse from over 60,000 images in their virtual library -- you may even come up with a completely new idea!  Plus, you can see what others have created and grab some inspiration from them!

Link to buy Cricut Explore Air 2 -- CLICK HERE  -- Click SHOP and don't forget to use coupon code ChristmasinJuly for free shipping (US only).

(Psst... you can also try designing your items before you even purchase the machine!! How cool is that?!!)

I had so many ideas running through my head, it was hard to narrow it down to a single project.  In the spirit of my kiddos heading back to school next month, I decided to start there.  I thought my 6 year old would get a kick out of some fun {cheeky} unmentionables.... that she likes to mention all of the time. HA!  I grabbed my underwear pattern of choice: Mo's Comfy Fit Unders {and Trainers} by Mo's Pattern Shop and started designing.  (Of course, if you don't sew, grab some plain underwear from your favorite brand!)

The day my box arrived, I was like a kid on Christmas!  I mean, aren't these items all so gorgeous?  The Cricut Explore Air 2 and the cutting tools are so sophisticated and gorgeous (and happen to be my favorite color).  Plus, included were 14 rolls of iron-on.  WHOA!!  A huge thank you to Cricut for this amazing opportunity!!

Here's a rundown of all the goodies (colors left to right, bolded items were used in this post):
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 {Mint}
  • Cricut Cutting Mat 12x12 Variety Pack
  • Cricut {Mint} Tools & Basic Trimmer Set
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Cerulean
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Black
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite White
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Aqua
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Kelly
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Spring Meadow Sampler
  • Cricut Iron-on Glitter Lipstick
  • Cricut Holograph Sparkle Iron-on Gold
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Maize
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Rose Gold
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Gold
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Bejeweled Sampler
  • Cricut Iron-on Glitter Cherry
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Metallic Blush

 After easily setting it all up, I quickly made the included note card project.  It was insanely easy!  I couldn't believe it!  Because I had played around with Design Space while my machine was in route, I could immediately start cutting my "Day of the Week" Underwear Project I had saved.  BUT, could the Cricut really cut items that small, so precisely?!  I wasn't sure.  

In the spirit of transparency, I do own a Silhouette Cameo 2 and have for about 18 months now.  It sat in the box for the first 11 months. HAHA!  Then, in the last 7 months, I can count on one hand the number of times I have used it.  Only one of those times did I use iron-on (and I only used a single color).  So, I am pretty much an iron-onl/cutting machine newbie.  

When I tell you the Cricut Explore Air 2 is seriously easy, it really is!  I was able to cut over 40 pieces, CORRECTLY, in about 12 different colors the very first night!!  The cuts are precise and made weeding a breeze.  I was also happy that I didn't have to fiddle with the blade to cut correctly (Silhouette users: you know what I'm talking about 😜)

{Tutorial} How to Create Day-of-the-Week Underwear

Step 1: Open Design Space to begin.  To design your own, use pictures and text of your choice.  To use the designs I made, click HERE.

Step 2: Organize your colors and begin cutting.  Remember to mirror your images in the cutting process!  Weed your pieces.  

Tip: Use a straight pin for weeding the tiniest of cut areas (such as in the camel).

Step 3: Cut your pattern pieces from your desired fabrics. Gently memory press the middle of the front with your iron to aid in lining it all up.

Tip: I chose to sew after applying the vinyl.  It is easier to get even pressure with your iron without all the seams (and if you screw something up, you haven't wasted your sewing time!)

Step 4: Locate all of your layers for the first day.  (I will be using Wednesday for this tutorial).

Step 5: Place your most bottom layer - in this case, it's the black camel. Lay it in place.  Lay down layer of light-colored fabric over (such as white quilting cotton).  Apply the iron-on per instructions.  

(Pay attention to which heat is needed and whether you need to let it cool prior to peeling up the carrier sheet.)

Step 6: Continue building your decal layer by layer.  

Tip: If you wish, you can group the black pieces together to cut in place -- select those layers and choose WELD. Otherwise, it will rearrange your pieces to conserve iron-on before it sends it to the machine.

Tip: To have letters cut out of the white speech bubble, use the SLICE tool in lieu of a separate layer like I did.

Daily Details:

"Sunny" Sunday: Sun #M37746 Create A Critter  
Font: Magnolia Sky
Colors: Maize, Black, Holograph Sparkle Gold

"AAAGH!" Monday:  Monster #M37231 Mini Monsters
Font: Pink Clouds
Colors: Metallic Blush, White, Black, Aqua, Purple from Bejeweled Sampler

"Taco" Tuesday: Taco #M3E03C Fast Food
Font: KG Shake If Off Chunky
Colors: Gold, Maize, Red from Bejeweled Sampler, Green from Meadow Sampler, Black

"Hump Day" Wednesday:  Camel #M37ECF A Quilted Christmas Word Bubble #M32FAF Party Photo Props
Font: Arab Brushstroke Std Regular Font Monotype Fonts 1
Colors: Gold, Black, White

"Thirsty" Thursday:  Drink #M2298F62 Cutie Planner Pieces Square #M369896 Basic Shapes
Font: Barberino Clean
Colors: Aqua, Black, White, Silver from Meadow Sampler

"Fry" Friday: French Fries #M3D234 Fast Food
Font: Cupcakia
Colors: Gold, Maize, Black, Red from Bejeweled Sampler

"Relax, it's..." Saturday: Relaxing Crocodile #M3EF18 Crocs Rule
Font: MF I Love Glitter
Colors: Brown, Green from Meadow Sampler, Green from Bejeweled Sampler, White, Black

Aren't these undies so fun?!  My 6 year old is so in love!!  (We don't model underwear for the Interwebs, but they fit perfectly 😉) .  My 8 year old has already put in her order.

I can't even begin to try to pick my favorite day, but Taco Tuesday is in the running. HA!  🌮
Comment below with your favorite day!!

Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Check out the rest of the amazing projects!!!

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

Coral and Co.

A super special shout out to Cricut and the team of ladies who organized this tour!

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.
This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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