Father’s Day Gift

It’s Make It Monday again!

So for my Father’s Day Gift, I made my dad a new bag to carry his stuff back and forth from his office. I decided he needed a new one since he seemed to be missing his old bag that broke and the replacements he had went up in flames when our warehouse burned down. Once I actually got started on making it (I had it planned for over a month), it went fairly quick.

A small back story on what the bag is for other than work — my dad owns and runs a fitness company which manufacturers and distributes fitness equipment all over the United States. He started the business back in the early 2000s. He owns 3 brand names with equipment he has designed himself with the help of a few of his employees and of course, his daughters and wife, throughout the years.

His most recent brand is called XMARK Fitness. The equipment for XMARK deals with things such as adjustable dumbbells, kettlebells, curl bars, and weight benches. These are just to name a few. Be sure to check out his website for more information. Also, feel free to contact their awesome customer service as they do their best to make sure all their customers are happy.

Father’s Day Gift:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Design you want to make
  • Canvas bag (I got mine from Hobby Lobby *No Affiliation*)
  • Iron-on Vinyl in the color you want (I got mine from Michael’s Craft Store *No Affiliation*)
  • Cricut Explore (Order off Amazon.com *No Affiliation*)
  • Weeding tool
  • An Iron
  • An Ironing Board
  • A ‘Middle’ such as a handkerchief

Step #1:

Okay so here’s how I made his new bag. First, I e-mailed his design guy and had him send me the logo file for XMARK as a .svg file. Next, I logged in and uploaded the file to my Cricut Design SpaceĀ® account.

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Step #2:

After that I just added the word Fitness at the bottom using “Katie’s ABCs – Baby-Girl” Font in size 62.86.Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 7.20.05 PM copy-s(2)Step #3:

As far as the XMARK size and font goes, the font stayed as it and the size I made where it would be a little smaller than the width of the canvas I was applying it to; so, it ended up be 10.02 inches in width and 2 inches in height.

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Once you have what you want to cut out, make sure you click “Mirror Image” for each mat to be cut so your image will be facing the correct way since when you put the iron-on vinyl on the mat it will be placed upside down. Here’s a video to watch as my Cricut Explore cuts out my “XMARK.” Because the .svg file could not be altered in any way, I had to cut “XMARK” out twice, 1st in black vinyl, 2nd in red so I could get the red diamond at the beginning.

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Step #5:

Once everything is cut out you will have to ‘weed’ the excess pieces off the sticky part of the vinyl and then you will be ready to use an iron to put the words and/or shapes on your canvas bag.

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Step #6:

I used one of my dad’s handkerchiefs as a middle so my iron wasn’t right on top of the plastic.

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Step #7:

Follow the directions of how long to leave the iron on each spot and then check to see if just the plastic pills off. If any of the letters/shapes starts to come with the plastic, replace your ‘middle’ and iron over again. Continue this process until all the letters/shapes stay on your canvas.

And there you go! Another project finished and ready to put to use.

Father's Day Gift - Canvas Bag made with Cricut Explore - Find out more @ www.craftyjbird.com

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