These Holiday Baking Christmas Gifts are too cute and so easy to make with the Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2!
I don’t usually do Christmas cookies for anyone…not because I don’t care about my neighbors…I am just super overwhelmed with the holidays. But this year I’m prepared with this Holiday Baking Christmas Gift Idea.
Not only will the recipients receive some delicious cookies, but they’ll also get a reusable gift bag to keep or pay it forward. I think I’ll have to make some for a Teacher Gift, as well!
What you’ll need to make this Holiday Baking Christmas Gift Idea
- Gingerbread SVG Files
- Ornament SVG Files
- Cricut EasyPress (I used the 9″x9″ EasyPress 2 for these)
- EasyPress Mat
- Cutting machine like the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2 (read more about the difference here)
- Cricut Glitter Iron-On Vinyl (I used Black and Silver)
- Red Iron-on Vinyl
- LightGrip Mat
- Weeding Tool
- Mini Tote Bags
Please note, much of the lingo may be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with Cricut Design Space. If you need help, you can download a FREE Cricut Design Space E-book for beginners if you sign up for my mailing list.
Cricut Design Space Tutorial
- Upload the SVG Files to Cricut Design Space. Tip: If you’re unsure how to do that, check out my tutorial on how to upload files to CDS.
- Resize the image to fit on the tote bag, and click on the EYE tool to hide everything on the design except the outline. Look at my images to make sure you’re hiding the right designs.
- In the layers panel to the right, click on the black circle by the scissors. If you’d like to, this is where you can change the color.
- Once you have customized your changes, click the MAKE IT button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
- Now you’ll need to select your mat size and click on the MIRROR toggle so it appears green. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT for the text. Otherwise, your design will appear backward.
- Click continue and set your material to GLITTER Iron-on or regular iron-on.
- Place the material on the mat so the shiny part is facing down, click the LOAD button on the machine, then click the CUT button once it starts cutting.
- You will then be prompted when you need to change your material.
Holiday Baking Christmas Gift Bag Tutorial
- After your material is cut, weed around the line design with the Weeding Tool.
- If you are layering colors and materials, cut as close to the iron on material as possible and layer the pieces onto the tote bag. You want to make sure the liner is NOT overlapping on any piecers. For example, I placed the buttons and polkadots down first, then placed the gingerbread outlines on top of that. If the vinyl overlaps onto the lining, it will not adhere to the fabric.
- Click on the Heat Button your EasyPress and set it according to Cricut’s guidelines. Also, click on the time button and set it to Cricut’s settings. So, for glitter, I set it to 340 degrees for 30 seconds and vinyl was 330 degrees for 30 seconds.
- Hold the EasyPress down on the design, click on the Cricut button to countdown, and hold it in place until the timer beeps.
- Turn the design over, change the timer to 15 seconds, and heat all the areas on the back of the fabric.
- Peel of the liner according to Cricut’s instructions (it will either be a warm peel – like for glitter – or a cold peel for something like foil).
I also created some matching gift tags (and you can see how I did it with my llama designs). I don’t bake very often, but when I do, I create NO FAIL recipes. I grabbed this sugar cookie recipe off of Six Sister’s Stuff and they were delicious, but SO easy to make. That’s my kind of cookie.
I also had most the ingredients on hand. I tried to make chocolate chip cookies, but my chocolate chips MYSTERIOUSLY went missing. No one has ever fessed up. I think these turned out super cute, so it all worked out in the end. When it comes time to handing out Christmas treats, I might also have to pair these with my famous Peppermint Hot Chocolate Fudge.
Of course, there are so many other ways you can create with these SVG Files. Make sure you tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations!