Need a quick gift for a birthday or decorations for a baby shower?  You'll love seeing how to make personalized stuffed animals with Cricut EasyPress Mini!

An adorable stuffed animal hedgehog personalized with Cricut Iron-On and the new Cricut EasyPress Mini

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Cricut sent me their new EasyPress Mini, and it's the cutest thing ever!!!!  A lot of my projects tend to be on the small side.  Last year I was stoked that the EasyPress 2 came in an adorable small size.  I used it for making some pot holders to gift during Christmas that you can see here.  But the Cricut EasyPress Mini is a fraction of that size and perfect for even smaller projects, and other hard to reach places for heat presses.  Like what you ask? Like hats, shoes, shirt cuffs, and stuffed animal toys!!!

One of my favorite ways to decorate baby showers and children's parties is with toys.  They add such a playful element to the decor plus it's practical!  You can either use toys that the child already owns and loves, or the toys can double up as gifts too.  

a stuffed animal with the name James on it applied with the Cricut EasyPress Mini

As soon as learned about the Cricut EasyPress Mini, I knew I wanted to use it to personalize stuffed animals for gifting as well as party decor.  Also high up on the list of the bazillion projects I plan on making are shoes.  Be ready to see some adorable dinosaur shoes over on my other blog 65 Million Years

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Usually I include a Cricut Design Space project link in these types of tutorials, but since this is to totally customize your stuffed animal, I'll leave that up to you.  However, I will tell you that for my project I used the A Child's Year font to spell out my baby's name. 

I picked up this little stuffed hedgehog from the store and though he would be so cute for fall.  He'd also be perfect for a woodland themed baby shower decoration.  

a stuffed hedgehog toy with fall foliage

Before adding your text in Cricut Design Space, measure the area of your stuffed animal that the name is going onto.  As with all Iron-On projects, make sure to select "mirror on" before cutting out on your Cricut machine.  Also, make sure that the shiny side of the material is down on the mat.  Once your design is cut out, weed it with one of the weeding tools.  If you're having a hard time seeing your design, a Cricut BrightPad can be a lifesaver!.

step by step instructions for adding Cricut Iron-On to a stuffed animal toy with Cricut EasyPress Mini

All ready to go!

An Iron-on design ready to go onto a stuffed animal toy

My stuffed hedgehog toy is made out of polyester.  I popped over the the Cricut Heat Guide on my phone to look up what the recommended setting is.  

Cricut EasyPress Heat Guide

According to the heat guide, I needed to use medium heat.  I clicked the on button, and pressed it until it indicated medium heat by the red wavy lines.

The new Cricut EasyPress Mini heating up

Then the wavy lines turned green and it was time to personalize the stuffed animal.  

using this mini Easy Press to add Iron-on to a stuffed animal toiy

Also according to the heat guide, with polyester, a warm peel is recommended. 

removing the protective sheet from Cricut Iron-on

Didn't he turn out awesome?!? I love it, and this project only took about 5 minutes from Design Space, to cutting out and weeding, and finishing up with the heat press. 

a personalized stuffed animal made with the Cricut EasyPress Mini

I'm actually in the middle of another stuffed animal project right now too.  I bought the Large Bear Simplicity pattern and cut it out with my Cricut Maker.  Although I have made a stuffed nutcracker toy before, I've never made a stuffed animal like this.  But, it's going great so far!  The Cricut Maker cut the pattern out perfectly (of course!) and I used the washable fabric maker, so sewing it together has been really easy.   I'll I have left to do is attach the eyes, embroider the nose and sew the head to the body.  I'm hooked!  I'll most likely be sharing a tutorial for that teddy bear project soon - and we can personalize those with the Cicut EasyPress Mini too!

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A personalized stuffed animal made with the new Cricut Easypress Mini

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