As soon as we found out we were having a girl, I started dreaming up all kinds of girly things to make for her. Actually, I was dreaming about it long before, but those things actually became possible when we found out our baby was a girl. One of the things I dreamed up was a gold glitter polka-dot bodysuit. I knew it would be perfect, and I knew I had to make it. So I did. And it is perfect.
Lucky for me, we already had lots of plain white bodysuits laying around (courtesy of Little J), and two years ago, my mom got me a Cricut Mini for Christmas. I knew there was no way I would be cutting out all these little polka-dots by hand, and my Cricut Mini was the perfect tool to get perfectly round, identical little circles. For the iron-on I used the Cricut Glitter Iron-on in gold, which had somewhat confusing directions, but was easy to work with besides that.
Anyway, on to the tutorial!!
First, you need to get all your materials together. You will need a Cricut Mini (or other Cricut machine), the Cricut Iron-on in gold, and a white bodysuit. You will also need your computer and the Cricut Craft Room software, scissors, an iron, an ironing board, and a piece of fabric to place between the iron-on backing and the iron. But the basic materials are super simple.
And like I said before, I loved using my Cricut Mini for this project. It made it way faster than if I had tried to cut out circles by hand, and I just had to design the project using the Cricut Craft Room software and then watch my machine do the work!
Once you have everything you need, you will need to cut your iron-on so that it will fit onto your Cricut cutting mat. Super easy so I didn’t take a picture.
Next, put the iron-on onto the cutting mat. This is where I got most confused with the Cricut directions. They say to place the iron-on sheet, “liner side down,” onto the cutting mat, so of course I thought that the shiny plasticky side was the liner. NO. Do not get confused and cut the wrong side of your iron-on! You will waste a lot of it! Place the glittery shiny plasticky side down when you are putting it on the cutting mat. This is important. You want the dull ugly side facing up.
If you haven’t already, use the Cricut Craft Room software to design your dots. I just did it so I could fit as many 1″ circles as possible on the mat. I think I used about 35 polka-dots total, but it depends on how close together you want them. Also, if you are only going to do the front, don’t do that many. I did both sides though because I think it’s lame when patterns only go on one side of a shirt. So, just put lots of little circles on there.
Next, you want to cut your iron-on using the Cricut Mini. I had to set the pressure to 3 and the depth to 4. I know it says 3 for both, but mine actually didn’t cut through on that and I had to redo it. You may want to do it on 3 and 3 for one circle to check and see if it will work for you (maybe my blade isn’t sharp?). But if it doesn’t work, then set your depth one higher.
Once your circles are all cut, unload the cutting mat and peel apart the layers.
After you peeled the layers apart, cut the circles apart. I just cut the plastic into squares. Then you want to lay the dots on the bodysuit, glitter side up.
At first I arranged the dots one at a time, but then I realized how much faster it would be do to all the dots on one side at a time. Follow the application instructions on the Cricut Iron-on sheet. Make sure you use a piece of fabric or thin towel between the dots and the iron. Press for 15 seconds.
Once you press all the dots on, let them cool at least a minute. If you don’t wait, they will pull off when you try and peel off the plastic layer. Repeat again on the other side. Pull off all the plastic stickies and then you are done! And you have a beautiful gold polka-dot bodysuit perfect for any fashionable baby girl. Yay! I can’t wait to put our little baby girl in her new outfit when she is born in September!!