You know that feeling when you’ve been searching for something that’s hard to find…and you finally find it? Well that’s how I feel today. First, the back story: I started […]
You know that feeling when you’ve been searching for something that’s hard to find…and you finally find it? Well that’s how I feel today.
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First, the back story: I started out with the Cricut EasyPress 2 12×10, and I LOVE it. The 12×10 is GREAT for adult t-shirts and larger items, but it feels like overkill for smaller things like baby/kid shirts, dog shirts and coasters. So, I asked Santa for the EasyPress in a couple of other, smaller, sizes.
I think these two will be a GREAT addition to my heat press collection, and I can’t wait to put them to some serious use. In the meantime, I wanted a way to store and transport them together, so I set out to find a case that would hold both. I was sure there was one that was already designed to hold these two, as they seem like such a great complement to each other. But boy was I wrong!
There are tons of cases that are designed to hold the Cricut Joy and the Cricut EasyPress Mini, but not the Cricut Mini and the Cricut EasyPress 2 6×7.
Bummed, I took some quick measurements and decided to try out three different cases on Amazon.
One was too big.
One was too small.
And one fit just right.
Read on to learn more about each of these bags:
Too Small: The HOMEST Carrying Case for Cricut Joy
First, I tried the HOMEST Carrying Case for Cricut Joy. Measuring at 11.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 inches, this bag is originally designed to only hold the Cricut Joy, so I knew it would be the most compact of the options. I was a little worried about the placement of the divider, but I figured I could make it work. I put my EasyPress 6×7 base in first, and man was it tight. Nevertheless, I loaded up press itself, along with the Mini on the side and zipped it right up.
I loved how compact everything was, and honestly, this one came in a close second. Aside from a slight bulge at the bottom where the base for the EasyPress was, I really liked the fit. However, there was nowhere to store the smallest of the EasyPress mats, which was a hard pill to swallow.
Bottom line: If you don’t mind a tight fit and don’t need to carry your mat in the bag, this could be the bag for you.
Shop this bag on Amazon:HOMEST Carrying Case for Cricut Joy, Lightweight Travel Tote Bag for Cricut Joy and Tool Set, Multiple Pockets for Accessories and Supplies Storage, Grey
Too Big: The HOMEST Carrying Case Compatible with Cricut Joy and Circut Easy Press Mini
Next, I got the HOMEST Carrying Case Compatible with Cricut Joy and Circut Easy Press Mini. Coming in at 11 x10.5 x 7 inches, it was certainly going to be the larger of the bags I tried. But it was a lot bigger in person than I imagined it would be. It was more than roomy enough to hold the EasyPress 6×7 and the Cricut Mini, but for my tastes, it was too roomy and bulky overall.
The strap to hold down the Joy worked really well for the 6×7 EasyPress (on its base), but the Cricut Mini got stalled up on the other side. Yes, I was able to easily fit the small EasyPress mat in it, but there was so much extra space that I couldn’t envision needing.
Bottom line: If you have lots of extra stuff you want to store and/or carry with your EasyPresses, then this could be the bag for you!
Shop this bag on Amazon:HOMEST Carrying Case Compatible with Cricut Joy and Circut Easy Press Mini, Storage Bag for Craft Pens and Tools, Grey
Just Right: The BGTREND Carrying Bag for Mini Projector
This was one of the serendipitous moments where the Amazon algorithm actually serves up something that will work that you didn’t even think to search for. As soon as this bag came up in my recommendations, I knew I had to at least try it.
Made for mini projectors, the dimensions seemed to be exactly what I was looking for at BGTREND Carrying Bag for Mini Projector. It had a divider that could separate the 6×7 and Mini presses, and it was actually made by the same company as the others (which is also the brand of my carrying case for my Cricut). I ordered it an anxiously awaited its arrival.
As soon as it came, I ripped the box open, inserted the divider and placed my EasyPresses in it. I was nervous that it might be a bit shallow, but the top zipped on with ease. Best of all, there are two places the easy press mat can go: in the front slip pocket, or in the top compartment (which also seems like it can store some extra tools, too!
Bottom line: Although it wasn’t made to hold EasyPresses, this bag fit the bill on everything I wanted. It’s a bit wider than the first bag, shallower than the second, and fits everything I want comfortably. Win. Win. Win.
Shop this bag on Amazon:BGTREND Carrying Bag for Mini Projector, Portable Case for DR.J Mini Projector and Accessories, Grey