The Makery

The Makery will reopen April 1 by reservation only.

The Library of Extraordinary Things includes a list of Makery-related equipment available for check out. Submit 3D Print Requests.

Follow the steps in New Skill Saturday: How to Screen Print to make custom shirts from the comfort of your home. Check out our Create @ Home playlist for more crafting ideas.

User Guide: Cricut Machines

Check out a Cricut Explore Air 2 for at home use or Reserve a Cricut Maker to use in the Makery.

What is it?

The Cricut is an electronic cutting and drawing machine. Designs created on your computer can be cut or drawn into material such as paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and more.

There are two models in the Makery:

  • Cricut Explorer Air 2
  • Cricut Maker

Both models do the basics, but the Cricut Maker includes additional features that make it more unique than the previous model. Read more about the differences here.

What can I do?

The Cricut can be used to make signs, custom t-shirts, labels, greeting cards, and much more!

What does the Makery provide?

  • Cricut Explorer Air 2 (Check Out only)
  • Cricut Maker (Quantity: 2)
  • Cut mats sized 12″x12″ and 12″x24″
    • Light Grip
    • Standard Grip
    • Strong Grip
    • Fabric Grip
  • Fine Point Blade
  • Bonded Fabric Blade
  • Foil Transfer Tool
    • Fine, Medium, and Bold
  • Scoring Stylus
  • Scoring Wheel**
  • Rotary Blade**
  • Knife Blade**
  • Engraving Tip**
  • Debossing Tip**
  • Perforation Blade**
  • Weeding tools
  • Clamshell heat press with Teflon sheets
  • Cricut EasyPress (Check Out only)
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini

There is no cost to use the machine or listed tools.

**These tools are only compatible with the Cricut Maker model.

What do I need?

    • Cricut Design Space is a free program for your Windows, Apple, and Android devices
    • Cricut will upload a variety of file types: JPEG, PNG, SVG, DXF, EPS
  • All materials to create your project (see below)
  • Transfer tape for applicable projects (see Tips and Additional Info below)
  • Additional cardstock or butcher paper for heat press projects (see Tips and Additional Info below)
  • Anywhere from 30 minutes for a small design to several hours for a larger/more detailed design.
  • The Library currently does not sell or provide materials, including pens and copy paper, to use with the Cricut.

What materials can I use?

Material must fit within the size of the work area:

  • Width: 11.5 inches maximum
  • Length: 23.5 inches maximum

Common materials include:

  • Copy paper (white, patterned, printed, etc.)
  • Cardstock (adhesive, chalkboard, glitter, etc.)
  • Vinyl (printable, adhesive, matte, glossy, stencil, etc.)
  • Heat Transfer (Iron-On) Vinyl
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
  • Cricut Pens and Markers (Must be Cricut brand to fit in machine)
  • Cricut Infusible Ink Pens and Markers (Must be Cricut brand to fit in machine)
  • Foil transfer sheets
  • Fabric

Cricut has a many materials you can purchase for use. Except for Cricut pens, markers, and Infusible Ink products, you can purchase off-brand materials from most craft retailers.

Where can I buy materials?

Designs

  • You can buy designs and fonts online from the Cricut Design Space library or other online sources like Etsy or Craftsy
  • Cricut Design Space also offers free designs and fonts for use
  • Cricut will upload designs from a variety of file types: JPEG, PNG, SVG, DXF, EPS
  • Cricut will read fonts installed on your device from OTF or TTF files

Materials

Elmhurst Public Library does not endorse nor profit from these links. These are suggestions of where you can purchase items to use in the Makery but are by no means an exhaustive list. 

Learn

Tips and Additional Info

Adhesive Vinyl Projects

Adhesive vinyl is great for decorating and customizing everyday items like wood signs, cups, picture frames, laptops, and more! This vinyl comes with a layer of adhesive so it is ready to stick on your item, both in permanent or removable options. Avoid tiny or thin lines in your design. You will need transfer tape to move your design onto the item you are decorating.

Materials you will need to complete your project:

  • Vinyl
    • Permanent is recommended for outdoor or washable items
    • Removable is recommended for laptop or wall décor
  • Transfer tape

Heat Transfer (Iron-On) Vinyl Projects

Heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl is great for customizing t-shirts, bags, or other fabric items! Unlike regular vinyl, it does not have a layer of adhesive and is meant to adhere to fabric using a heat press. The end result will have a layer of vinyl on top of the fabric. Most brands (Cricut, Siser, Silhouette) of heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl have built-in heat resistant transfer tape. The heating process for each brand can vary, so read the accompanying directions carefully. The Cricut Heat Guide has suggested temperature settings.

Materials you will need to complete your project:

  • Heat Transfer (Iron-On) Vinyl
  • Heat Resistant Transfer Tape (only if not built-in)
  • If there is no transfer tape, patrons need to supply butcher paper or cardstock to protect the heat press and their project

 

Infusible Ink Projects

Infusible Ink projects are not recommended for beginners as it is an intermediate-to-advance project. Unlike heat transfer vinyl, Infusible Ink infuses the color from your design into the fabric when heat is applied and does not add a layer on top of the fabric. The design can be created using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets or Infusible Ink pens and markers. Currently, the Infusible Ink supplies can only be purchased at Michael’s. Infusible Ink will only work with Cricut shirts and bags, or with white or light material made of 85% or more of polyester. Patrons can be denied access to the Makery’s equipment if patron does not have the appropriate material to protect the heat press from damage. The Infusible Ink can bleed onto the Teflon sheets or heat press, ruining it for future use. The Cricut Heat Guide has suggested temperature settings.

Materials you will need to complete your project:

  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets (if applicable for your design)
  • Infusible Ink Pens or Markers (if applicable for your design)
  • Cricut Infusible Ink Blank Materials
    • Or material made of 85% or more of polyester
  • Cardstock (quantity dependent on project)
    • You will need cardstock inside the shirt or bag to protect the bottom layer
    • Cardstock (or butcher paper) is also necessary on top of the design to protect the heat press
    • If the ink bleeds onto the cardstock, it cannot be reused in the heat press
  • Butcher paper (quantity dependent on project)
    • Necessary on top of the design to protect the heat press
    • If the ink bleeds onto the butcher paper, it cannot be reused in the heat press
  • Heat Resistant Tape
    • Only necessary for pen and marker designs

Reserve a Cricut Maker

Reserve

  • Call (630) 279-8696 or email makery@elmlib.org about your reservation
  • Reservations are limited to one-hour
  • One reservation a day
  • Maximum of two upcoming reservations
  • Reservation requests can be made every week starting Monday at 9:00 a.m.

 

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