You know that the Cricut is an amazing tool for cutting paper, and last month I showed you how it can cut polymer clay.Â But did you know that you can also use it to cut fabric? With just a little preparation, you can cut fabric appliques with the Cricut to make fun, low-sew projects!
Last year, I made these cute placemats using my Cricut, some fusible webbing- then I stitched it down with my sewing machine.
Really, the key to this technique is preparing the fabric so that itâ€™s stiff enough. The easiest way to do this is to fuse paper-backed fusible web to the fabric & set you machine up accurately. So here are my best tips for success!
- Use light-weight, cotton fabrics like quilterâ€™s cottons. I donâ€™t recommend felts, upholstery fabrics, or denims. Keep it light weight.
- Wash and iron your fabrics first. If you are making something that youâ€™ll want to wash later, like a quilt or placemat, you certainly want to make sure that youâ€™ve gotten the shrinking out of the way.
- I found that Heat-n-Bond was a great brand to use, but if you canâ€™t find that, itâ€™s OK to use other brands.
- Use a NO-STEAM iron to adhere the fabric to the fusible web. Make sure you adhere the bumpy side of the paper-backed web to the WRONG side of your fabric:
- Make sure you have NO BUBBLES- that ALL the fabric is securely adhered.
- Let the fusible-backed fabric cool completely, and then remove the paper backing.
- Make sure your mat is super-sticky. (You might need to hit it with a spray of basting spray.)
- Press the fabric securely onto the mat. Again, make sure there are NO BUBBLES that might cause the fabric to shift.
- Use a fresh, new blade. The blade you use for paper is already too dull. (Just like paper scissors!)
- Load the mat into your Cricut and set the PRESSURE at 4 and the SPEED at 2. Itâ€™s important that the pressure be high (you may need to even go to 5) and the speed is slow, so that you get a nice clean cut. (You may want to practice on scrap fabric first.)
- Carefully remove your fabric, and get ready to fuse to your project!
Alternatively, you can leave the paper backing on and tape the fabric to the mat- but this is best for small, simple cuts.
This is a great technique to learn- once you master cutting fabric with your Cricut, you can make quilts, baby onesies, fun pillowcases, wearables, totes, and more. What would YOU make?