Summer is almost here! My kids get out of school soon and that means we are going to be outside a lot. I’m guessing y’all are going to be outside a lot too.
When we head to the pool or the park we often take a picnic with us. Because this is such a great idea….everyone else takes picnics with them too. I’ve not lost my picnic basket yet, but there have been a couple of times that someone has brought a basket or bag like mine. I thought a personalized monogramed canvas picnic basket to avoid loosing anything.
I really like canvas picnic baskets because they are less bulk to store. However the softness of the sides makes it tricky to use heat transfer vinyl.
I used my Cricut Explore to cut my vinyl. This of course was the easiest part. Make sure the dial on your machine is turned to iron-on and that you click the mirror image box in the design space on your computer. When you click the mirror image box in the design space it will turn your image so it’s the right way when you iron on your vinyl. It’s so much easier than trying to turn the image yourself! I used Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl also from Cricut , I love how easy it is to work with. As you can tell there are lots of things I love about working with vinyl and my cricut. ha!
To customize your own monogram open the design space on your computer, and open a new project. Then click on the insert images button. I used the circle with a thin outline from the “First Years Cartridge”, click on to insert the image to your canvas. I made my circle 8 inches big, my picnic basket is pretty large so I wanted to make my monogram large. You can make your circle smaller or larger if needed.
Next click on the layers button, then on slice.
This will cut the center piece out of your circle. Then you can delete the center piece, this way it will cut the center out of the circle and the outline.
Last add the letter you want on your monogram. I used a font called Elizabeth. I found it easier to place the letter outside of the circle to cut.
Now just press go and follow the instructions on the screen to load and cut your design.
I didn’t take photos of the next part, because my hands were busy and I was figuring it out as I went along. So you have written instructions for this part of the project.
Turn your iron on to the highest temp. I first tried using a low temp but it wasn’t hot enough to melt the adhesive on the back of the vinyl. You are going to want to make sure you don’t leave your iron in one place for too long so you don’t melt your picnic basket. Use your ironing board for a flat place to press your iron. Make sure you place a clean cloth over the vinyl before you start to iron. You don’t want to leave your iron on for any longer than you have to, keep checking the edges of your vinyl to make sure it is adhering to your basket. It doesn’t take long.
Feel free to fill your basket with fresh flowers….like the hydrangeas blooming in my yard. I love them.