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Add some cute inspirational decor to a daughter’s room. Make this No Sew Felt Banner Wall Hanging using a Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress 2.
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For Christmas my daughters got new desks to go in their room. They love art and drawing and spend hours of time at their little desks creating masterpieces, reading and even doing their homework. When we moved the desks into their rooms, we had to do a little rearranging of furniture.
This left us with a large blank wall where we added the desks. The space above the desk was bare and my girls really wanted to add some of their art work, notes and awards to the space above the desk.
I wanted them to have that space to do that, but I also wanted it to look cute. 🙂 You moms know what I mean. So I created a little gallery wall for them, and wanted to add something inspirational for them too. I used my Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2 to create this no sew felt banner wall hanging to add to their gallery wall.
To make this project you will need:
Hot Glue Gun
To get started, open up the banner wall hanging project in Cricut Design Space. You can either click make it to make the project as it is (approx. 12×24) or click customize to change any of the details, size or color of vinyl. I wanted to make my base material felt, since I knew the EasyPress 2 and Vinyl would work great with felt, I knew it would be stable enough for this project, and I just love how easily the Cricut Maker cuts felt.
You can cut felt with your Cricut Explore machine and the regular fine point blade, but I love the rotary cutter for felt. When I clicked make it in Design Space and chose felt as my cutting material, I made sure to edit my cutting blade to choose the rotary cutter.
I trimmed my felt to fit on the 12×24 fabric grip mat, and loaded the rotary blade into the housing mechanism. Load the cutting mat into the Cricut Maker and press the go button. Once it was done cutting, I remove the mat from the machine and peeled the felt off the cutting mat.
I decided to use 2 different types of vinyl for the words. This watercolor sunset blossom sampler from Natalie Malan is really pretty. These colors would look so cute in the girl’s room. I used one of these patterned iron-on sheets for the words I wanted to highlight, and everyday iron-on in a coordinating color for the other words.
Whether cutting patterned iron on or everyday iron on, make sure to mirror the image and place the vinyl face down onto the cutting mat. Edit the material and choose the correct iron on for the material you’ll be cutting.
Once the designs are cut, weed the designs, remove the vinyl that is not part of the design. Cut the words apart so they can easily be placed on the banner to be ironed down. Remember to leave the plastic carrier sheet in tact so that it can protec the vinyl from the heat of the EasyPress.
Check out the EasyPress interactive reference guide to find out the settings for your EasyPress 2. I love how easy it is to plug in the details of any project and get the correct settings in an instant.
Set the easy press to the correct settings and lay out your design as it heats up. I knew I needed to layer my words a little, and the EasyPress settings would be different for each type of vinyl. I wanted the patterned vinyl to be on top of the everyday iron on (and that is what is recommended by Cricut, Everyday Iron On be the base layer when layering iron on).
Press the everyday iron-on onto the felt banner for about 20 seconds, instead of the recommended 30 since we will be applying more heat when we do the patterned iron on. Remove the plastic carrier sheet. Adjust the temperature settings on the EasyPress to required settings for patterned iron on.
Place the patterened iron on onto the felt banner. You’ll need to use an iron-on protective sheet for this next step. At no time can iron-on vinyl directly touch the heating plate of an EasyPress. There always needs to be a protective layer between the vinyl and the EasyPress. That is what the carrier sheet is used for, unless you are layering vinyl and need to protect one layer as you place the next.
Place the protective sheet over the area that you will be applying the EasyPress. If you have a large design and have to move the EasyPress after the first press, make sure to move the protective sheet as well.
Make note of which iron-on vinyls are cold peel (which means they need to cool down before removing the carrier sheet) and which vinyl are hot peel. Patterned vinyl is cold peel. Wait for the design to cool down and remove all the carrier sheets.
Once the felt banner wall hanging is made, it’s time to get it ready to hang. Use a hot glue gun to attach it to a wooden dowel. Glue down and roll the dowel around the felt banner wall hanging along the top 1 inch of the banner. Use baker’s twine wrapped around each end of the dowel as a hanger for the banner.
I decided once I had it hung, that it needed a little something, so I created some tassels out of felt to hang on once side of the no sew felt banner wall hanging. You can use the tassel from this project in design space.
I know the patterned iron on is hard to see in some of these pictures, but it goes with my daughter’s room perfectly, and she loves it.
The ease of the EasyPress has me making all kinds of projects. I love that it so fast and easy to use, and I’m lucky to have the space in my craft room so that I can access it anytime the mood strikes. If you are looking to purchase an EasyPress, check out everything you need to know about the Cricut EasyPress 2.