- Cricut Maker
- Rotary blade
- Strong grip mat (purple mat)
- Felt (I got a cheap pack from Walmart)
- Glue gun
Design Your Bookmark in Cricut Design Space:
Here are the steps to create the same little heart bookmark as in the video. But let your imagination run wild. You can make ANYTHING!
- Insert the heart shape and size it down. The book I’m (about to start) reading now is “Red Sparrow,” and it’s a small paperback version, so I needed to make my bookmark small. I sized it down to a width of 2 and it auto populated the height to 1.893 (I kept it locked so that I wouldn’t mess with the dimensions too much).
- Change the color to the same color felt you will be using. This is obviously an optional step, but it helps to visualize while you’re designing, so I always try to match the color as much as possible.
- Duplicate the heart. I changed the color because I wanted to use up my different felt scraps, but you could always keep the 2 hearts (which will be the front and the back of the bookmark) the same color.
Make it with your Cricut Machine:
The Cricut Maker cuts felt the best, so here are the instructions for cutting with the Cricut Maker as of April 2018.
- Turn on your machine.
- In Cricut Design Space, click on “Make It”
- Now you’ll see your project separated by color. Click on “Continue”
- Set your material. For the felt I had (cheap felt pack from Walmart), the best cut setting is “Felt, Wool Fabric.”
- The default setting works just fine for this felt
- Load your rotary blade into clamp B on your Cricut Maker
- My mat had leftover felt from other projects. Don’t worry about this. It won’t affect your project here.
- Put the felt on the mat for your first heart. I try to cut up the felt as small as I can so that I can save as much scrap as I can for other projects. Since my project wasn’t too wide or too long, I used a scrap that measured about 6 or 7 wide and 3 or 4 long (though I could have gone even smaller).
- Load the mat on the machine by sliding it in to the small “hooks” (I’m sure there’s a better word for this, but let’s just go with hooks). Press the arrow button on the machine to load, and the machine should grab the mat.
- When the Cricut button lights up, press this button so that the machine can start cutting.
- When it’s done, the arrow button will light up again. Press it to unload the mat.
- Remove any excess felt (cut it up to save the scrap if you have a lot left)
- You should be left with a perfectly cut up heart
- Repeat steps 8-13 for your 2nd heart.
Putting your bookmark together:
- Use a glue gun to hold the hearts together. Make sure to glue just the top corners of the heart, leaving the entire bottom unglued as well as the top middle of the heart. This way the page can slide through it more easily.
Voila! You’ve got yourself a heart bookmark for your book 🙂
Need more visualization of all the text above? Here’s the breakdown in pictures!
Any questions? Comment below!
(Purple Text in this post: hyperlink to the Cricut Maker Crafts – Felt Bookmark Youtube Video and links to the Grouping, Attaching, and Welding breakdowns on this site.)
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