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Can I Travel With My Cricut?
If you are the owner of a Cricut machine, you might be wondering, “can I travel with my Cricut?”. The answer is yes! In fact, Cricut makes it super easy.
Cricut’s premium cases provide organization, storage, and portability for your Cricut machines and supplies. They’re sleek, stylish, portable, and more importantly, functional.
I’ll show you how easy it is to travel with your Cricut machine, EasyPress, and supplies plus walk you through how to make a tote bag to carry everything else.
Rolling Craft Tote
The Rolling Craft Tote can be used on the go or at home–it’s an essential companion for your Cricut necessities. It has a place for your laptop, Vinyl, Machine Mats, accessories, and more. Think of it as your ultimate craft bag.
Since the Rolling Craft Tote is on wheels, it’s super easy to take with you–making traveling with all of your Cricut supplies a breeze.
I love the Rolling Craft Tote! It’s huge–I can fit everything I need (Vinyl, Pens, Tools, Cardstock, TrueControl Knife and Self-Healing Mat, Machine Mats, and Portable Trimmer) inside. While it gives you the freedom to travel with your Cricut accessories, it also makes for great storage at home.
The Machine Tote is an essential carrying case that lets you take your Cricut machine anywhere. It has side pockets and compartments for your craft tools and supplies. Best of all, it stacks on top of the Rolling Craft Tote perfectly, so you don’t have to carry it.
The EasyPress Tote transports your Cricut EasyPress, Safety Base, Mat, and small accessories. The comfortable shoulder strap and strong handle with a natural grip make carrying easy, while the velcro strap keeps your machine in place during travel. It also has a large back pocket and front pocket.
Make A Tote Bag
While there is plenty of additional storage in each Cricut Tote listed above, I’m going to show you how to make your own tote bag for carrying anything else you may need.
You will need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine (or Maker)
- Computer or smartphone
- Tote Bag
- Standard Grip Machine Mat
- Iron-On Vinyl (Bejeweled Sampler)
- Weeding Tool
- EasyPress 2
- EasyPress 2 Mat
Then, click Customize. The project measures 11.456″ by 9.719″. If this will fit on your tote bag, move to the next step. If not, resize the design to fit your bag. I left the settings as is.
2. Next, select Make It. Mirror the image (on the left). Click Continue. Make sure your Cricut machine is connected and turned on. Put your Iron-On Vinyl on the Machine Mat shiny side down and set your machine to custom. For material, you will choose Glitter Iron-On. Load the mat and press the blinking C. When your machine is finished cutting, unload the mat.
Put your second Iron-On color on the Machine Mat, shiny side down. Load the mat and press the blinking C. When your machine is finished cutting, unload the mat.
3. Weed your designs. When you’ve finished, it’s time to fire up your EasyPress 2.
Directions: Making Your Tote Bag
4. Head to Cricut’s Heat Guide website. Choose your heat-transfer and base materials. The Heat Guide will tell you what temperature and time you need to use. Turn your EasyPress on and set it according to Cricut’s Heat Guide.
The Heat Guide will you walk you through the entire process, as every material is different. The settings for my canvas tote were 270°F and 30 seconds.
5. Place your tote bag on the EasyPress Mat on a flat surface. When your EasyPress 2 is ready (the C will turn from orange to green), put it on your tote bag for 5 seconds. Then, place your design where you want it on your bag. When you’re happy with the placement, put the Cricut EasyPress 2 on top of the design and click the C to start the timer. Apply pressure. After 30 seconds, you will hear a beep, letting you know it’s finished. Then, flip the bag over and press for an additional 15 seconds.
Let your design cool slightly. When it’s still warm (but not hot), try peeling the liner. If the Iron-On did not completely adhere to your tote bag, press again. When you can peel the whole liner off, your project is complete!
Traveling With Cricut
As you can see, Cricut makes traveling with your machine, EasyPress, and supplies easy. You’ll be making decals, t-shirts, cards, and more on the go in no time.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.