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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Leather Shoe Clips:.

** I was provided with a Cricut Explore to use. This post contains affiliate links.

Hey! Remember me? I know things have been quiet around here lately. I’ve been taking a little time off to focus on my kids and family. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped creating! I was so fortunate to attend an event back in January put on by Cricut to introduce their newest machine: Cricut Explore!

I know you’ve been seeing tons of other bloggers sharing this fabulous new machine, and I’m here to sing its praises along with them! I’ve been using it already to cut some vinyl, but then I decided I wanted to do something with leather. And guess what? It worked!

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Today I’m going to show you how to use the new Cricut software – Cricut Design Space – to make these little beauties.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- Cricut Explore
- standard grip cutting mat
- leather
- alligator clips
- glue gun/glue sticks

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Go ahead and log on to Cricut Design Space. Create a new account if you don’t have one already. You’ll come to a page that looks like this.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

There is a place to set the canvas type if you are doing a more specific project, like a t-shirt or cell phone case, but I’m just cutting on a regular mat so I left it as is. I knew that I wanted to make some bows, so I clicked on Insert Image and searched ‘bow’.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

This gave me over 400 results! But to the left there, you can narrow down the search a little bit. I checked the box for 3D. This brought my results down into just over 20.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

I picked the bow that I wanted and clicked Insert Image.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

From there, you can size it to the size you want. I did this, and then copied and pasted another bow so that I would have two.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Now it’s time to cut! Go ahead and make sure that your piece of leather is on the mat – I put the shiny side down.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Before I show you any further, let’s take a minute and admire this beautiful machine. I haven’t put my tools into the storage space there, but don’t you love that you can keep it all handy?

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Okay, back to the software. Click on the green C button at the top of Design Space. Choose how many projects you want to make. I only needed one.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Next, the software will instruct you on how to load the mat. You can also see your lovely preview of your project there.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Next, you need to set the dial on your machine to the material that you are using. The dial doesn’t have a leather option, so I set it to Custom.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Now your software will prompt you to choose your custom material. Leather has three different settings. Choose what you think is best for the thickness of your leather.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Then cut! Look at that baby go!

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

You guys. Seriously, this machine is amazing. It cut through that leather like it was nothing! It was perfectly clean, and turned out just perfectly. I might be in love.

Peel up the bows. I decided to forgo the hanging ribbons for these clips, so I ended up tossing those pieces. Take the main bow piece, and glue one end into the middle.

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

Repeat with the other side, glue the center piece around the middle, and then glue the bow to an alligator clip. That’s it!

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

How stinking cute are those? And even better, you can use them in hair, too! Wouldn’t it be fun to whip up a bunch in different colors?

Leather Bow Shoe Clips at SumosSweetStuff.com #explorecricut

If you are thinking about getting the Cricut Explore, do it! I love this machine and can’t wait to make more with it!