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I am excited to tell you I have been chosen to participate in Cricut Design Space Star! It is a monthly competition among your favorite bloggers. Each month is a different design category and each team will choose a particular theme. For our first project, we had to create a fashion or gear design with the theme of lace.

Once our team decided on a theme, I had an idea of what I wanted to make. I wanted to cut “lace” from fabric on my Cricut Explore™. I would then use these lace fabric pieces to create a no-sew ruffled lace canvas tote.

No-sew Ruffled Lace Canvas Tote by Laura's Crafty Life

Ruffled Lace Canvas Tote

Supplies needed:

Supplies for no-sew ruffled lace canvas tote

Step one: Cut a strip of cotton fabric 3″ wide and 20″ long. Cut a piece of interfacing the same size. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to adhere the Heat ‘n Bond to the wrong side of your fabric. Allow fabric to cool.

Prepare fabric for Cricut Explore

Peel off the paper backing.

Peel off paper backing from Heat'n Bond

Note: I tried several types of fusible interfacing/iron-on adhesive and the Heat’n Bond Ultrahold was the only one that allowed me to get the precise cuts I needed without fraying or pulling up from the mat. 

Step two: Place fabric on 12″ x 24″ cutting mat. Smooth it down with a scraper. This will make sure you have a good bond between the mat and the fabric.

Use Cricut Tools Scraper to secure to cutting mat

Step three: Open Cricut Design Space™ and open the file for the ruffled lace canvas tote. Click ‘Go’ and follow the steps to cut your design. Cricut Design Space - Ruffled Lace Canvas Tote Project

Cricut Design Space File: Ruffled Lace Canvas Tote

You will load your mat and then hit the ‘Go’ button on your Cricut Explore™. (Each strip of lace took approximately 10 minutes for the Cricut to cut it out.)

Cut fabric with the Cricut Explore

Step four: Peel the fabric from the mat. I found it easiest to peel off the outside edge first.

Peel outside edge of fabric off

Then, flip your mat over and peel the mat off the fabric, rather than the fabric from the mat. This will prevent your fabric from curling up at the edges.

Peel mat from fabric

Scrape off all the extra little fabric pieces from your mat.

Use Cricut Tools Scraper to remove excess pieces from mat

Step five: Repeat steps one through four for your additional pieces of fabric.

Step six: Now you are going to create your ruffle. Start by pinning the bottom piece of lace on your bag. Find the middle of your lace and pin it to the middle of the width of your bag (I just eyeballed it).

Use first pin to secure lace to middle of tote

Now pin each edge of your lace to either end of your bag.

Use pins 2 and 3 to secure ends of lace to tote

Start on one side and find the middle of your lace again between the end pin and the middle pin. Use another pin to mark the middle of that section.

Use pin 4 to divide one half in half again

Lastly add two more pins to divide the lace again. The pictures do a better job of explaining what do to.

Use pins 5 and 6 to divide each half in half again

Basically, we are trying to evenly divide the fabric across the bag to be able to create a ruffled look. You can see the order in which you place the pins in the following picture. Each time you add a pin, find the middle of that section of the tote as well as the middle of that section of the lace and pin.

Position of pins to create ruffle

Step seven: Start ironing just the top edge (about 1/4″) to your canvas tote. I removed one pin at a time, gathered the fabric with a couple of puckers and ironed down. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You are simply trying to create a ruffled look with the lace.

Iron on lace to canvas toteContinue removing one pin at a time and ironing that small section according to manufacturer’s directions until you reach the end. I held my iron on each spot for about 6 – 8 seconds.

Finished lace on canvas tote Close up of ironed on lace

Step eight: Start with the bottom ruffle and work your way up repeating steps six and seven until you have all of your ruffled pieces attached.

No-sew Ruffled Lace Canvas Tote

Close up of lace cut with the Cricut Explore

You can see how versatile the Cricut Explore really is. Check out my amazing team’s lace projects!


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13 Comments on No-Sew Ruffled Lace Canvas Tote

  1. Thank you for sharing how to create with fabric and the Cricut! I just won an Explore with the #imadeit contest and wanted to figure that out. Thanks again for saving me money and grief. Your tote is gorgeous!

  2. I just purchased my first Cricut machine ( Explore Air 2) and saw the Ruffled canvas tote you promoted, but I cannot find it on the cricut design space.

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