Cricut Nursery Wall Decor

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

I’ve been super busy with my new Cricut, crafting every spare moment…I need to win that Cricut Scrapbooking Cruise because THEN I could focus and get some real work done!

Honestly, sometimes scrapbooking is just such an intimidating hobby that I sew instead. Fortunately, I can use my Cricut for sewing! I have been formulating some exciting projects in my little mind for MONTHS but I needed that beautiful and humongous Expressions machine to make my dreams come true. Now that I have it, I’m getting some adorable stuff up on my baby’s walls.

nursery wall decor idea

This is my first project which will be followed up by another similar but even more adorable one on the opposite wall. More on that when I’m finished.

For this project, I used 3 – 14″ embroidery hoops as the frames. (Embroidery hoops come in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 inch sizes.) After finding the perfect background fabric at a local quilting shop, I was ready to get to work with the Cricut.

cricut expressions nursery boy wall decor ideas

Using the New Arrival cartridge (one of my favorites!) and the “Fit to Page” feature, I cut out each of the 3 designs as big as possible on a 12×12 cutting mat. (You’ll notice that the fabric in this picture and the fabric in the finished project is different – the blue didn’t match the background fabric exactly and didn’t stand out enough, so I started all over with red, and I’m so glad I did because I love how it turned out.)

And although the Cricut does cut fabric, I actually cut each piece out of paper to conserve my Heat’N’Bond. Here’s the whole process:

  • cut the design out of cardstock
  • on the paper backing of the Heat’N’Bond, trace loosely around your design and cut out
  • iron Heat’N’Bond to the back side of your fabric (follow package instructions)
  • trace design on the paper side of the Heat’N’Bond
  • cut out with paper and not fabric scissors
  • cut background fabric a few inches larger than the embroidery hoop
  • peel paper backing off design
  • iron design to background fabric
  • edge stitch around the whole thing with contrasting thread
  • place in the embroidery hoop
  • trim excess fabric from around the edges

I wish I had taken more pictures of the whole process, but I was trying to get this done before my baby woke up! I have another set to do for the other wall, and I’ll take more pictures then.

I love how this turned out, and I am just going crazy with all the awesome applique patterns I can now create using my Expressions machine. I have 2 other projects to share tomorrow and Thursday, so stick around!

{photos taken with a Canon Rebel XSi}

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda July 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

This is AMAZING! I so wish I had a cricut now!

2 Jennifer Hamitlon July 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

Oh my gosh, that is so cute and so doable!! Thanks for sharing I may have to scraplift this project!! Good Luck on winning – with entries like these you should!!

3 Sara July 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

Oohh I want a cricut so bad! Even more now!

4 Megan R July 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

That turned out adorable!!! I have actually been looking for something I could make for my son’s room since money is tight…this really is the perfect idea. You’re so creative!

5 Shauna July 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Kelsey, this is crazy cute and I bet it would sell like crazy on Etsy. OR you could just mail them off for a giveaway (and one to me :)) Seriously, its my favorite project yet!

6 Bethany July 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Soooo cute! I love the colors!

7 Sue D July 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

Very clever. A wonderful way to use your cricut. My friend has one but so far we just use it for card making.

8 Rena August 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

How cute! My daughter-n-law has a Cricut machine, but I don’t think she’s ever used it for something like this! I’ll have to let her know about it!

9 Brenda August 6, 2009 at 10:04 am

wow, this is cool, this is very attractive for babies and good for a nursery :) two thumbs up.

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