I first saw the Cricut Explore in action at Alt Summit this past January. I was so excited to see that it could cut fabric and leather – two of my favorite craft supplies! And, once I learned that I would be able to design my own files and upload them instead of having to use cartridges, tons of fun project ideas filled my head and I’ve been itching to get one ever since.
Last month, Cricut put out a call for bloggers to participate in their new contest, Cricut Design Space Star, and I quickly threw my name in the hat. Honestly, I was completely shocked when I received an email back saying that I was picked to participate! In short, the Cricut Design Space Star is a contest (with awesome prizes!) that will run from August to November where bloggers create projects using the Cricut Explore. The Cricut Judging Panel will select the top 10 projects each month and post them on their blog for readers to vote on. Then, the winning project will be added to Design Space as a downloadable project for people to make!
A fun twist on the competition is that we are kinda competing as team. Heyoooo Team 11! Seriously though, my team is filled with talented ladies and you can check out all their awesome projects at the end of this post.
Cricut assigned the design topic of fashion/gear for August. So, using my favorite crafting material, leather, I designed this Leather Cut Out Clutch. Want to make one too? Check out my tutorial below or pin this for later!
- Cricut Explore
- Leather Cut Out Clutch Project File
- 12 x 24 Mat
- Deep Cut Blade and Housing
- Button Stud
- Sewing Machine with Leather Needle or Leather Glue
Notes on Leather
I usually buy my leather in person at Tandy’s, but they also sell hides online. If you have a Tandy’s nearby, I highly recommend checking out their ‘Odd Lots’ table. That’s where they have tons of unique hides for a flat price and where I found the green hide I used in this project. Also, make sure to check out their scrap bins in the store as well. There are sometimes great remnants in there that are sold by the pound.
I’ve also heard good things about The Leather Hide Store online, but I haven’t purchased anything from them or seen their hides in person myself.
One: Cut your leather to fit on the 12 x 24 mat and affix the leather right side down to the mat. Having the leather right side down keeps it from getting scuffed up as the mat feeds through the machine.
Two: Install the Deep Cut Blade in the Cricut Explore and set the material dial to ‘Custom’.
Four: Highlight everything on the screen and click the ‘Attach’ button. Then highlight everything again and click the ‘Weld’ button. Now, you should see the cutouts as negative space.
Five: Resize the image to be 11 inches wide by 20 inches tall.
Six: Click ‘Go’ and follow the on screen prompts.
Seven: When prompted, click on ‘Material Settings’ and select the applicable setting for the leather being used.
Eight: Cut the project.
Nine: Once the leather is cut, remove it from the mat and fold the clutch.
Ten: Sew up the sides using a sewing machine, leather needle, and lengthened stitch. Or, to make this a no sew project, use leather glue.
Eleven: Install the button stud.
And that’s it! It’s a super quick and easy project and makes an adorable clutch.
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography
Make sure to also check out the awesome lace inspired projects my teammates created!
Leather Cut Out Clutch by Sewbon
Lace Workout Tank by Among the Young
No Sew Ruffled Lace Tote by Laura’s Crafty Life
Ombre Lace Ruffle Skirt by Handmade in the Heartland
Leather Lace Slouchy Tote by Hideous, Dreadful, Stinky
Geometric Lace Jewelry by The Country Chic Cottage
Gold Leather Baby Shoes by Brooklyn Berry Designs
Lingerie Travel Bag by Stuffed Suitcase
DIY Lace-Cut Gold Leather Cuff by The Project Girl
Gear Statement Necklace by Freebies2Deals
Disclaimer: This project was submitted as an entry in the Cricut Design Star challenge. In exchange for participating in this challenge, I received my Cricut Explore for free and I could also win a prize if my project is selected from the Cricut Judging Panel as a winner. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.