How to Use Fabric with Your Cricut Machine

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Today I used regular fabric and stiffined it to cut it in your Cricut Machine.  We used the Paper Dolls Dress Up Cricut cartridge and had a really cute effect.  I’m excited to show you more of how to use fabric in your scrapbook pages, home made cards and many other crafts. Hope you enjoyed the video!

Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Megan,
    You said there were two ways to stiffen up fabric to use on the Cricut, one is using Stiffy. As I do not live in the US (Netherlands) I cannot buy Stiffy here I think. What is the other method you are using?
    Thanks!
    Very imformative videos.

    Best wishes,
    Chris

  2. Angie Balentine says:

    Hi Megan. This is the first time I have viewed your blog and I am so impressed! I have tried cutting fabric with my Cricut Expression but have never had good luck. It always pulled the fabric and would never cut through. I had tried using Wonder under and was wanting to make personalized pillow cases but finally gave up and just cut the letters on paper then traced them onto my fabric! So time consuming!! Do I need to stiffen the material first before using the Heat n Bond or is it only one or the other? Also what are the speeds you use for fabric. I may have missed it on the demo. Thanks.

  3. Megan Gravener says:

    Hey Angie!
    Thanks for stopping by! I hate when things don’t work out like you think they should/could and then spend all kinds of time making it work! ahh! I use either or Stiffy or Heat N Bond, I have never used both at the same time.

    Here is a quick little reference to cutting fabrics. In October Above Rubies Studio will be releasing a Cricut Cutting Guide which will have 100s of papers/materials listed along with all the settings and extra tips to get perfect cuts! :) Hope you find this helpful!
    As always feel free to contact me whenever you have further questions!

    Fabric (Light weight fabrics Using Stiffy) Basic Cuts -
    blade depth 4 Speed 2 Pressure 3 – 4
    Fabric (Light weight fabrics Using Stiffy) Intricate Cuts -
    blade depth 3–4 Speed – 2 Pressure – 3

    Fabric Iron On Adhesive Basic Cuts
    Blade Depth 4 Speed 3 Pressure 4
    Fabric Iron On Adhesive Intricate Cuts
    Blade Depth 3 Speed 2 Pressure 3 – 4

    Felt (thin only) Basic Cuts Deep Cut Blade
    Blade Depth 4 Speed 3 Pressure 4
    Felt (thin only) Intricate Cuts Deep Cut
    Blade Depth 3 Speed 2 Pressure 3 – 4

  4. Hey Chris,

    Actually i said two, but I have done three. :) You can use the stiffy, which I can see being a problem if you can not find it. You can use Fabric Spray Starch that you would use to iron clothes. Just spray that on very heavily, and then iron. It’s not a permanent stiffness, but it does work. You can also use Fusible Fabric Interfacing. Follow the directions on the package. Generally you can buy them in sheets at an arts and crafts store or fabric store. I would think there would be some form of that available in the Netherlands. The brand I use is called Heat ‘n Bond. Basically you iron it on to the fabric you want to cut, place it in your cricut upside down and then you can iron that backing onto another piece of fabric if desired. I hope to have a video of showing this technique soon so keep checking back for more!
    Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the moments!
    Megan

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