cutting fabric w/Cricut

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AshnBill's picture
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cutting fabric w/Cricut

Hi Ladies!

Has anybody done this? Lauren, I think you have? I'm wanting to make some simple iron-on appliques. I bought the Heat 'n Bond stuff and have the fabric already...anything else I need? A special blade? What do I set my blade to? Any tips?!?!

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I've been wondering this, too!! Also have the heat bond ready to go!

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i have never done fabric...i have read about people doing it on the cricut mb's. i always wanted to try...i want to try felt at some point but that is thicker and might need a deep cut blade (and the fuzzies might get into the blade)

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Okay, I think I'm gonna try it!

I searched youtube for heat n bond tutorials and ran across several cricut tutorials cutting fabric!

You set the pressure to 4 or 5 and the speed to slow (if I'm remembering correctly...need to watch again!) - and if you're cutting letters use the FLIP option.

I hand-cut this tonight (traced from a picture I printed online) and used the heat n bond - I think I'll try to stitch around it tomorrow if I feel like setting up the machine and remembering how to thread the bobbin. Wink

I think it turned out okay...needs some finishing touches!

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That's cute, Candace! I didn't know that about the FLIP option - definitely would have screwed up there! Lol

I need to get through Miles' birthday party tomorrow, and then I think I'll try it this week. I got "heavy" heat 'n bond (I think it was called heavy?!) so I don't need to stitch around it.

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Okay, I cut some letters from fabric!

And I did not need to use the flip option...just beware of which way you will be placing the letters...

I went ahead and cut a piece of fabric and then a piece of heat n bond about the size of my cricut mat (everything I was going to cut was the same fabric)

I ironed the h n b to the BACK of my fabric (textured side against fabric...paper side up)

I pulled the paper off the fabric and adhered it to the cricut mat

Then cut my letters! It didn't work perfectly, but I really think my blade is really dull, and I think I should have lowered the speed all the way to slow

I'll try to post pics...

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Can you cut both things at once, or do you have to cut them seperately?

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So at first I just cut the fabric and the h n b into a rectangle with my scissors.

Then ironed the h n b to the fabric and peeled the paper off, which gave me one piece. When I peeled the paper off, the back of the fabric was a little sticky and helped it stck to the mat better.

Also, I would not recommend using any intricate design into the fabric.

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I didn't finish the project yet, but here are the letters I cut. Sorry crappy pic!

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Very cute! Oh no, one more thing that I want to try now Wink

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I did this! I need to take photos yet.

Candice, great tip with not doing anything intricate! I cut one snowflake...and my fabric kept bunching up and it would mess up the cutting. That was on a brand new mat, too. I ended up just cutting it out on paper, and then tracing it. Going to use the Cricut markers next time, I think.

I had to iron the heat 'n bond FOREVER!!! The instructions said 5-8 seconds or something short like that but I really had to do it for like a minute. Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out and will be doing more in the near future!