Have you ever cut fabric with your Cricut? Here’s the how to.
To start – buy inter-fusible heat/bond, light. There is a difference, and it took a while to discover that you can cut fabric with a Cricut, but the heat bond needs to be a lighter version.
If you use heat/bond or wonder under that is too heavy, it won’t cut well. This is the package I use (above).
Iron the wrong side of your fabric to the rough side of the heat/bond. The fabric should adhere to the heat bond paper.
This is what it looks like from the back.
If your Cricut cutting pads have lost some of their stickiness, spray a light coat of adhesive to the wonder under prior to placing it on your cutting mat.
You can also use paint tape around the edges of your fabric to keep the fabric from moving. Place paper side on the top of your cutting mat. The fabric side should be visible.
Set your machine to the slowest speed and the highest pressure setting.
Select your design and size. Start cutting. Monitor closely.
Remove fabric from the cutting mat. Make sure the heat bond stays attached to the fabric as you separate the fabric from the cutting mat.
Now, peel the wonder under paper away from the fabric.
Leave the clear layer attached to the wrong side of the fabric.
The clear layer adheres to fabric when heat is applied. This helps keep it in place while sewing around the edges.
Iron your fabric pieces in place.
Do you like the bootie flower?
Even if you don’t applique, you can use this method for cutting fabric for other purposes. Just remove the layer of clear sticky. I did this to create matching fabric flower hair clips.
Do you have any other ideas for using fabric cut with the Cricut?
These are some examples of applique projects I’ve completed in the past. The car I completed pre Cricut primarily because this shape is very easy to draw for someone who is not artistic.
This cupcake is a Sizzix die. A Sizzix or Cuttlebug is a die cut device that is great for cutting fabric, felt, or paper. Each punch or die cut is a separate purchase, so the price can be cumbersome, but Sizzix dies are super easy to use. The best use of the Sizzix in my opinion is cutting felt, b/c the Cricut does not cut felt.
This is another Cricut project involving freezer paper and paint.
Cut the design out of freezer paper using the Cricut.
I still haven’t added the bow to create a Skull and Cross BOW shirt for daddy’s rocker girl.
The cricut saves tons of time cutting out words. You can always use an exacto knife, but the cricut saves ample time with more detailed projects.
Dino designs via Cricut. The nice thing about the Cricut is that you can scale each design to a specific size. The sizzix and cuttlebug are much more limited in that regard.
Not only can you cut fabric, you can also cut vinyl. I’m using Vinyl letters and designs for my daughter’s new lavender nursery.
One of my craftiest friends gave me her old Cricut, and it is such fun. I don’t scrapbook. I probably won’t ever scrapbook, but I LOVE using the Cricut for freezer paper paint creations, vinyl letters/designs, AND especially applique.
What do you create with your Cricut? Do share.