How to cut fabric with the Cricut Rotary Blade and why it’s one of our favorite Cricut blades to use!
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All about Cricut Rotary Blade
The rotary blade is one of the Cricut Maker accessories that comes in the box with every Cricut Maker. It’s been really fun to use. I used it to make these DIY princess costumes, and it cut out fabric butterflies, stars and felt flowers like a champ! The blade glides and rolls, and can turn within a quarter of an inch to cut through tons of different fabrics.
Some of the materials and fabrics the Rotary Blade can cut:
Does this get your creative juices flowing? I am dying to try making something with velvet soon!
How to Cut Fabric with a Cricut Rotary Blade
Materials needed: Fabric FabricGrip™ Mat Brayer (optional) To show you how easy this is, I thought I would use some Cricut Fusible Fabric I had in my craft closet. I’ve been wanting to make something with this fabric for a while now. I decided to cut out the letters of my girls’ names so that I can iron them onto a pillow for each of their beds.
First, place the fabric onto the FabricGrip mat, and use the brayer to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the fabric.
Add images or letters that you want to cut into Cricut Design Space, and when you are ready to cut, click ‘Make it.’
To save fabric, you can cut your images ‘ungrouped’ and ‘unattached.’ Your preview will look something like the example on the right when you go to cut. It looks crowded, but since it all comes off as separate pieces, that doesn’t matter! Load rotary blade and fabric-covered mat into your machine, and press ‘Go.’
It’s so fun to peel off the extra fabric and see everything cut out so perfectly. I mean, I could not possibly cut letters out this straight with scissors.
The Cricut Maker and this rotary blade (as well as the knife blade and fine point blades) is amazing to me. I grew up watching my mom sew, and she cut everything out by hand. This makes sewing projects so much easier and you don’t have to worry about making a mistake, then having to re-trace and cut a piece out over again. Think about how easy cutting quilt pieces would be! If you sew, or like me, prefer to cut fabric for no-sew projects, the Maker is the way to go!
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Rotary Blade
- FabricGrip Mat
- Place the fabric onto the FabricGrip mat, and use the brayer to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the fabric.
- Add images, letters or sewing patterns that you want to cut in Cricut Design Space, and when you are ready to cut, click 'Make it.'
- Load rotary blade and fabric-covered mat into your machine, and press 'Go.'
- Watch as the rotary blade cuts fabric into PERFECT shapes or letters.
To save fabric, you can cut your images 'ungrouped' and 'unattached.' Your preview will look like everything is crowded, but since it all comes off as separate pieces, that doesn't matter!
Can I cut fabric or bonded fabric with a Cricut Explore or Explore Air 2?
Yes, you can! The rotary blade only works with the Cricut Maker, but you can cut some thin fabrics with a fine-point blade or use a bonded fabric blade and bonded fabric with Cricut Explore machines.
Check out these other Cricut Maker tutorials:
How to make Paper Flowers DIY Princess Costumes (includes a felt flower crown tutorial)
How to Make a Custom Shirt with a Cricut
If you have a Cricut Maker, have you tried the rotary blade yet? I’d love to see your projects if you want to drop a link in the comments!