Sew with Cricut Ballet Bag Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be a part of the #SewWithCricut blog tour, and I’ve been dying to share my project with you! I’ve been so inspired by all of the other bloggers, and I hope you’ll check them out as well! Working with my new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine has been amazing.. it’s quickly becoming an addiction and it is the perfect way to customize and jazz-up ALL of my sewing projects! 🙂 Learning the machine has been surprisingly simple, and it’s hands-down the most user friendly cutting machine I’ve used. Read on for a free tutorial to create & customize a fun fabric drawstring bag.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own Cricut Explore Air 2! The link to enter is at the bottom of the post. 

My daughter has recently started ballet class, and it is the cutest thing ever. I love getting her dressed up in her leotard and tights, putting her hair up in a bun, and watching her learn new moves &  techniques. Cuteness aside, she has been driving me crazy with her ballet shoes! She throws them into her dance bag loose, where they become separated and I’m afraid she’s going to lose one. In the hopes of avoiding that, I whipped up a cute little drawstring bag that she can use to keep her ballet shoes together when they’re not being worn. I made it extra pink and sparkly to encourage her to use it – hey, whatever works, right?!

Sewing & customizing this bag was pretty quick & painless, and I’ll walk you right through it!

Before we begin, download your free cut file here

Tools & Supplies needed:

  • Two pieces of cotton quilting fabric, cut to 11.75″ x 6.5″ and coordinating thread.
  • 1 yard of coordinating ribbon for the drawstring (I used 7/8″ satin ribbon)
  • Scissors, quilting ruler, rotary cutter (optional) fabric marking pen, lighter or Fray Check to seal ribbon, pins or clips, iron.
  • Cricut Iron On material – I used the color “Glitter Lipstick”
  • Cricut machine & tools (carrier mat, weeding tools, pressing cloth)

Step 1: Cut your fabric into two rectangles, sized 11.75″ x 6.5″. Serge or zig-zag stitch around all edges of each rectangle to prevent fraying.

Step 2: Use a fabric marking pen to make 2 marks on one of your fabric pieces. You will make the mark 1.5″ down from the top, on the left & right side of the fabric at the seam allowance. See picture.

Step 3: Upload the PNG file to Cricut Design Space. I used a Cricut Access Premium font to add Maci’s name at the bottom of the design. I customized my design and sent it to the Cricut using only my iPhone! I love that I can use the Bluetooth connection and not have to mess around with any wires. Including the name at the bottom, I sized my design to 7″ tall and 4.5″ wide. DON’T FORGET TO MIRROR THE DESIGN BEFORE CUTTING.

Step 4: Send the design to your Cricut machine and cut your Iron on material. Iron on should be placed on the carrier mat with the shiny LINER side down. Weed the excess vinyl from your design. I used my beautiful Cricut BrightPad to illuminate the cut lines, making weeding a cinch.

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.

Step 5: Place your weeded design, sticky-side-of-the-liner down, onto your fabric. Center the design horizontally, and place it about 1/2″ up from the bottom edge. Do not place it too high or it will be folded over and sewn when we sew the casing! Follow the included instructions to adhere your Iron On material to your fabric.

Step 6: Place both rectangles of fabric right sides together and pin or clip from one marking – down and around – to the other marking. Leave the top un-pinned.

Step 7: Sew around your rectangles from one marking, down and around to the other marking, using a 1/4″ Seam Allowance. Make sure to start and stop at your markings from Step 2.

Step 8: Starting at your marking and going up the open edge, fold fabric back 1/4″ and press well. Repeat with left & right seam, on the front and back of the bag.

Step 9: Create the casing on the front & back of the bag – Fold the top edge of the front of the bag down 3/4″ and press. Fold down again 3/4″ and press. Repeat with the top edge of the back of the bag.

The front and back of the bag should now look like this:

Step 10: Topstitch close to the bottom folded edge of each casing (front & back, separately). Leave sides open. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to secure the stitches.

Step 11: Seal the ends of your ribbon with your lighter or Fray Check to prevent fraying. Attach a safety pin to one end of your ribbon and thread it through the casings. It should go IN the front right side of the casing, loop through the left side, and then come out the back right side. You should end up with two long tails coming out of the right side of the bag.

Step 12: Place ballet shoes in your bag, cinch the ribbon and tie it in a bow, and you are FINISHED! 🙂

TA-DA! All done, and it was pretty easy, right!? Now that my  boys have seen my daughter’s customized drawstring bag, they are begging for their own! I will be using my Cricut Explore Air 2 to customize the boys’ bags with a car & train design so they can keep track of their toys while we’re out & about. Let me know in the comments if you’d like a freebie cut file for those as well and I’ll get working on it! 🙂

Once the boys have their bags, it’ll be my turn! I saw THIS darling project in the Cricut Design space, and it would work perfectly on a drawstring bag to keep my beauty products together in my diaper bag or purse! I can’t wait to create it!

Thank you for following along with this quick tutorial, it will definitely be the first of many! What are some other Cricut projects you would like a tutorial for? Leave me a comment and perhaps I will add it to my list 🙂

Don’t forget to click below and enter to win your own Cricut Explore Air 2. While you’re at it, stop by the other blog tour participants (linked below) and be inspired by all of their amazing projects!!

Happy Creating! <3

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26 thoughts on “Sew with Cricut Ballet Bag Tutorial

  1. What an adorable idea! I need to make this bag for my little girl. She is about to start dance class in the fall. I’m so glad you got your bright pad in time to use it for this post!

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