Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cutting Fabric with the Cricut

Through much trial and error, I have come up with a pretty good way to cut fabric using the Cricut.  I have tried many methods and the one I'm about to show you is fairly foolproof.  From time-to-time, the fabric will snag or something undesirable will happen.  I would suggest that you have extra fabric on hand incase something goes wrong with your cuts.  I just kinda threw this tutorial together, so I will add more tips as I think of them.  Remember* BE PATIENT and HAVE FUN!!!  Be sure to take pictures!.  I will eventually put a linky party up for all of your applique projects!!!  I'd love to see what you come up with!!

 For this project you will need:
                                          -A garment or item to which you will be applying the applique
                                          -an iron and ironing board
                                          -spray starch
                                          (liquid would probably work well, I just can't find it anywhere)
                                          -Fusible web like "HeatnBond" or "Steam-a-Seam 2"

*Please note: the picture shows "Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite"  I DO NOT recommend using the "lite" version!  It is not stiff enough to use with the Cricut.  It is, however, GREAT for hand-cut applique. 
I have used both "HeatnBond" and "Steam-a-Seam2."  I prefer the "Steam-a-Seam2"  It is a little sticky, so it is easier to keep in in place on your garment before ironing.  It is also a little less stiff once it is ironed onto the garment. 

**FOR THIS PROJECT, I USED "Steam-a-Seam2"**
                                             -Sewing machine or thread and needle
                                             -a pillowcase or fabric to protect the ironing board
                                              from getting fusible web stuck on it when ironed.
                                             (this has happened to me and it is a pain because it can
                                              get on other items you iron. )
                                             -a bone folder or brayer to assist with pressing the fabric onto
                                              the Cricut mat

**Make sure to use your Paper blade for this part**

***I recommend starching and ironing a couple of times until the fabric is stiff like paper.***

                         -I suggest washing & drying your garments and fabrics first
                                       to prevent bleeding & shrinking (don't use fabric softener)
                         -I usually keep the blade depth at 6
                                     -I use the normal blade housing. 
                                            No need for the Deep Cut housing
                                     -For thicker fabric, you may need to use the Multi Cut feature
                                     -Intricate images do not cut well
                                     -I prefer to cut the "shadow" image because it is
                                            easier to sew around
                                     -Stretchy fabrics do not cut well.  Cotton works best.
                                     -before cutting with the Cricut, use the arrows on the machine
                                            to move the blade downand over just a teeny bit. 
                                            You are less likely to snag the fabric this way
                                     -When starching your fabric multiple times, it may leave "boogers"
                                       brush those off before cutting with the Cricut.
                                     -It helps to have a sticky mat
                                     -Label the Cricut blades used for cutting fabric.
                                       Don't use these blades to cut paper as paper dulls the blades
                                     -you might want to use a Test piece of fabric so you can
                                             adjust the speed and pressure as needed.
                                     -really small images do not cut well
                                     -I usually put the speed and pressure on max...
                                            but again..every image is different..
                                            so you might have to make adjustments until you get it right
                                     -If a baby or someone with sensitive skin will be wearing
                                            the clothing, I suggest washing it before wearing it
                                            because the starch may irritate their skin
                                     -The applique will get less stiff after it is washed a few times

Please note*  I have Never used fusible web on clothing without sewing it afterwards.  Therefore, I can not guarantee that the appliques will stay when washed.  I suggest washing in cold water and line drying if you will not be sewing the appliques on.
Thanks for looking!!  Good luck!  Please link back to this post if you post the tutorial on your blog.  If you have any questions, email me or leave a comment. I will help you the best I can!!
If you would just rather have someone design and make a garment for you, I'm the lady to ask!  Just email me!

~allie B


Heather said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing! Will put this on my 'to try' list! To confirm - you used a different blade from the paper one? You can buy a fabric blade? huh learn something new every day! :P

sydney @ memorable minutes said...

this is adorable. I don't own a cricut:( but maybe my slice will do. we've got lots of little ones arriving. and i enjoyed your part about the Seam to Steam or whatever, i always mess up the name. I have all kinds of it but have not officially used. I am very much a novice when it comes to anything sewing.

allie b dallie said...

Glad you like it ladies!
Just to clarify; they don't make fabric blades. I use regular Cricut blades, but make sure to label the ones that I use ONLY for fabric. I usually color them with a Sharpie so I know not to use them when I'm cutting paper!! HTH
Thanks for visiting!!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Kaysi said...

What a great onesie!! I love it!

Self Sagacity said...

You made it look so easy, but I would be lost at picking fabric already~

Staci J said...

I would LOVE to have one of these miracle workers... It really does look so easy!
visiting from

CreativeBusyHands said...

Very nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I was wondering whether this type of approach would work and here you proved it for us! Thanks. Following you from Tuesday Tag Along.

Kerri said...

This is so cute! What a great tutorial you posted...I so want to try this! Thanks a ton!

Erin Wallace said...

Your shirts are so cute! I love this one, but my guy hatched 3 years ago, so I'll have to come up with an alternate design!

Found you through WW and am following - would love it if you would follow Dropped Stitches!

xo Erin

Nikki said...

OMG, I can't wait to try this!!!!!!!1 Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!!

Amy @ Creativity Finder said...

Thanks for this tutorial. I've cut a few things out, but I will def try it with the starch. I'm your newest follower :)

Amber said...

What a great idea I will be doing this! Thanks so much for shareing!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

yet anothe reason I need a cricut...

Sharon Cohen said...

I just hopped in from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. Your instructions are impressive and easy to follow - just like your blog.

I have a greeting card shop for wives on Zazzle that you might want to browse from my blog. Please accept my invitation to follow me back at

Cindy's Crafty Creations said...

Holy Moly! I love this tutorial! I cannot wait to try it on tshirts for my grandbabies...

I became a follower!

Misty said...

Great tutorial!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Tracy F. said...

Great Site! I love the tutorial. I am following you from Take It From Me.


michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Great tip, technique and tutorial. k I am featuring this at Grab my "featured' button.

★All Thingz Related★ said...

What a great tutorial!
Thanks for joining us @ Anything Related!!

Chaotic Creations by Kristen said...

WOW!! Awesome tutorial! Love the images and detail! Thnx for sharing and GOOD LUCK on "Tip Me Tuesday" drawling!


Andrea @ said...

I wish I had a machine like that!

Bec said...

Can't wait to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

Following you from Welcome Wednesday! Hope you can follow me back! :)

CraftyMummy said...

Oh Wow!!! I want a cricut! I've looked at them before and thought I might not use it much for my scrapbooking... but I would use them with my sewing and quilting! That's great! Thanks so much for sharing.

I found you at Women who Do it All...

Design it Chic said...

I am now following you thanks to Welcome Wednesday and it would be nice if you could share back the love here!
Happy Welcome Wednesday!

Take It From Me Girls said...

Super Cute! Now if only I had a cricut!

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for participating in this week's WELCOME WEDNESDAY!! We hope to see you weekly! We are so happy to be following your blog. You can help spread the word about our great event by grabbing our button!

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Mama to 3 Blessings said...

VERY cute! You are so talented! I can applique but it doesn't come out really nice - you do a great job! Following you from Friendly Friday Follow, I invite you to follow back! Enjoy your weekend! :)

Rachel said...

Fantastic tutorial!! I have a cricut and I'll be trying this out very soon. Following from Follow Me Friday!


The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I was honored to receive an award, and I'm passing it on to you. Details here:

Jami said...

I KNEW there had to be a way to cut fabric with the Cricut! Thanks so much for sharing!!
I'm a new follower! Would love for you to visit my little blog sometime!
Smiles from Texas!

Leslie said...

Girl you are amazing! I want to try this out ASAP! I love your detail instructions and your cute shirt! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent! I also am a new follower! What a cute blog you have and sorry about your ankle!

Mark and Ashlie said...

This makes me want a cricut!Thanks for linking to Sister Sister! Be sure to come back today to link up again!

Angela Brian said...

i am so glad you got in touch with me.

you project was featured today on my blog.



Angela Brian said...

i am so sorry about your name.

i feel awful.

it is FIXED now.

i am so used to writing alli (my bestie is an alison)

no excuses tho.

i am super sorry.

amanda persinger said...

Awesome!! following you from green submarine!

Julie @ Frugal and Fabulous Design said...

Great tutorial! And the onesie is super cute.

Thanks for linking up to Fab Friday -


Scrappy Gifts said...

So informational! Such a darling onesie! Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

Happy Mommy said...

love this. planning on trying this sometime this week. Just wondering if the edges fray when washed? Thanks!

Erin said...

Love this tutorial, thank you! I just got my Cricut yesterday and I reeeeeeeeeally wanted to cute fabric but was afraid. Not anymore!

June said...

Oh, another reason for me to covet a cricut.....

Visting from New Friend Friday.

made at greenlodge said...

wow, I always wondered if you could stamp fabric. Will put on my wish list to buy. Can you recommend a machine ?
Thank you so so so so much. :)

Natasha Klein Photography said...

hi I never wanted a cricut before, but I sure do now!!!!
want cartridge did u use for the birds they are really cute! thanks I've saved this page:)

Anne said...

awesome! thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Just stopping by from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Take It From Me. I found this post and am so exited because I was just talking to a friend of mine about doing a project very similar to this.
So glad you have this tutorial! I'll be following you :-)

Tracy said...

The starch did it for me. I made about 7 attempts using different bonding agents, speeds, pressure, and flipping it. The starch stabilized the fabric threads so the blade could cut. I think adhering the fabric to the mat with the bonding agent helped too.


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