The Best Backing for Cutting Fabric With a Cricut

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The Best Backing for Cutting Fabric With a Cricut
Cut an array of fabrics with your Cricut. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you are ready to move beyond cutting just paper with your Cricut, expand your material repertoire with fabric. Fabric cut on the Cricut can be used in scrapbooks, on canvases, sewn onto quilts or even ironed onto clothing or pillows. The Cricut is cartridge based and manufactured by Provo Craft. There are a variety of cartridges available with images, sayings and fonts. Depending on your fabric being cut on the Cricut, you can select between iron-on bond paper, iron-on bond paper and starch, and liquid starch as the stabilisers for the fabric.

Iron-On Bond Paper

Iron-on bond paper gives stability to thin fabrics such as poplin. The paper is ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric before you place the fabric on the Cricut cutting mat. Use a heavy weight bond paper to give the fabric the most stability, but if you are planning on sewing the cut-out, then use a lighter weight bond paper. Popular manufactures of iron-on bond paper are Heat-Bond, Steam-a-Seam and Pellon. Visit your local fabric store to find the type of bond paper best for your project.

Iron-On Bond Paper and Starch

Spraying your fabric with spray starch before ironing on the bond paper will make your fabric even stiffer than just bond paper. Use this method for projects that use a heaver fabric, like duck cotton. Thoroughly spray your fabric with starch, and then iron the bond paper to the wrong side of the fabric.

Liquid Starch

If you have a fabric that you do not want to have the bond paper on after cutting, use liquid starch. The starch will stiffen the fabric enough for the Cricut to cut it, but won't have the adhesive backing left by bond paper. Dip your fabric into the starch and iron the fabric when it is still damp.

Tips on Cutting Fabric

Use a new mat; you want the fabric to stick to the mat as well as possible. If you are using iron-on bond paper, remove the backing before cutting the paper. Use deep cut blade housing, since this blade has the ability to cut materials that are thicker than typical scrapbook paper. Try using the multi-cut feature, as this feature will cut over the image two to four times and give you cleaner cuts. Do not use fabric such as velvet, mink, or upholstery fabrics; these fabrics are too thick or dense for the Cricut to cut the material cleanly.

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