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Cutting Glitter Fabric & Felt With The Cricut maker - With a Bonus Gift!

on May 04, 2021

 

 

Hello Honey Bee Hive Makers, 

Following a post we did over on instagram, we noticed that many of you have come across some problems when cutting chunky glitter fabrics.
We set out to cut two of the most requested fabrics using the Cricut Maker and plan on sharing all the best ways to cut them. Them being felt... and you guessed it! Chunky glitter fabrics!
We are using all our own products which means we can't guarantee the methods we have used below, will work on other store bought fabrics. However it is most definitly worth a go!
We are going to cut our very own Honey Bee Star Snap Clip Design to show you can cut chunky glitter fabrics and felt with ease with the Cricut Maker.
The Fabrics we are using: Chunky Glitter Fabric with a cotton twill backing - 1mm in thickness, 100% Super Soft Acrylic Felt - 0.8mm in thickness.

 

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Cutting Chunkly Glitter Fabric

 

One of most popular colour glitters: Rose Gold Chunky Glitter Fabric. This fabric is one of our premium core chunky glitters meaning we will always have this in store. 

 

 

Tools and equipment needed to cut our chunky glitter fabric. 
Cricut maker with the rotary blade and standard grip cutting mat.
The spatula and weeder tools out of the Cricut basic tool set.
Iron and ironing board.
Heatandbond Ultra and a Honey Bee Star SVG design.
 
What we did!
As the back on the chunky glitter is twill cotton and a textured uneven surface we knew we needed to create a more even, flatter surface to grip to the cutting mat.
We decided to use a fabric iron-on adhesive called heatandbond ultra to create that extra grippy layer. 
Place the iron-on sheet onto the back on the chunky glitter fabric and gently iron on over the paper side: making sure the steam setting is turned off when doing this. 
I would say we did this for no more than 30-50 seconds all over and waited for the paper and fabric to cool. 
When peeling the paper off of the back of the glitter fabric, you should see the back of the fabric is coated with a nice plastic like layer. 
 

 

Now your fabric is prepared lets get cutting. 
Place the glitter fabric sheet on the cutting mat.  Glitter side facing the ceiling. Press the fabric all over so that the fabric is totally secure on the mat. 

 

 

Open cricut, get the design up and ready to cut and load the mat into the cricut.
Settings: 
Firstly we dont need to select the mirror option as we have put the front of the fabric facing up, so the design is the correct way and our fabric is facing the correct way. ( I'll speak more about this on another blog ) 
Base Material is set to "Heavy Fabrics (like denim), Bonded."
Pressure is set to "More"
Tool Options is set to "Rotary Blade"
Now thats all done, your all set to cut.... 
After cutting has finished and you are ready to unload the fabric, bend the mat so you can use the weeder tool to peel back the fabric. Now you can see the design. We reccomend using the spatular tool to lightly lift the design and peel the design from the mat.
Voila! You've just cut chunky glitter fabric with your cricut!
 

Next up!

 

Cutting 100% Acrylic Felt Fabric

 

Think Pink - Felt Bundle - 22cm by 22cm - Honey Bee Craft Store £1.90 GBP

 

 Tools and equipment needed to cut our chunky glitter fabric. 
Cricut maker with the rotary blade and standard grip cutting mat.
The spatula and weeder tools out of the Cricut basic tool set.
Iron and ironing board.
Bondaweb and Honey Bee Star SVG design.
 
What we did! ( slightly different to the technique above )
As the back on the felt is super soft and a very textured ( fluffy ) an uneven surface, we knew we needed to create a more even, flatter surface to grip to the cutting mat.
Also we dont want our mats to get covered in felt fluff... having to say "Good Bye sticky mat!" We don't want that!
We decided to use a fabric iron-on adhesive called bondaweb to create that extra grippy layer.  Bonda web is a lighter form of adhesive and has a mat finish making it not really noticeable if you were to make felt flowers etc.
 
Place the iron-on sheet onto the back on the felt fabric and gently iron on over the paper side: making sure the steam setting is turned off when doing this. 
I would say we did this for no more than 30-50 seconds all over and waited for the paper and fabric to cool. 
When peeling the paper off of the back of the felt fabric, you should see the back of the fabric is coated with a nice thin coated like layer.

Now your fabric is prepared lets get cutting. 
Place the felt fabric sheet on the cutting mat, coated layer closest to the cutting mat.  Press the fabric all over so that the fabric is totally secure on the mat. 
Open cricut, get the design up and ready to cut and load the mat into the cricut.
 
Settings: 
Firstly we dont need to select the mirror option as we have put the front of the fabric facing up, so the design is the correct way and our fabric is facing the correct way. ( I'll speak more about this on another blog ) 
Base Material is set to "Felt "
Pressure is set to "More" (as it's bonded)
Tool Options is set to "Rotary Blade"
Now thats all done, your all set to cut your fabric.... 
After cutting has finished and you are ready to unload the fabric, bend the mat so you can use the weeder tool to peel back the fabric. Now you can see the design. We reccomend using the spatular tool to lightly lift the design and peel the design from the mat. Felt may stretch so be carfeul.
 
Voila! You've just cut felt fabric with your cricut!
 
To make bring our Honey Bee Star Snap Clip come to life, we are going to need a snap clip and the iron again....this time with thin towel or thin piece of fabric.
Slide the snap clip through the hole cut out, the adhesive coated layer should be facing the top. Carefully allign both star shapes, place the towel over them and place the iron on for a few seconds.  This is so you can tweek the allignment if needed. 
If your all good place the towel over again and repeat the iron process untill you feel you have a securely bonded star snap clip.
I would reccomend heating both sides, always with a towel protecting the fabrics to get a really strong sturdy bond.
 

 

  

 A little freebie to say thank you for giving me the inspiration to create this little blog post!
Get your FREE Honey Bee Star Snap Clip Design using the button below.

 

The design should be resizeable dependant on the size clip you have.

 

 

 

 

Links

 

 

                 HeatandBond ULTRA

 

 

 

 

 

                                    Bondaweb

 

 

 

 

 

    Cricut Maker 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

               Basic Tools Kit

 

 

 

 

                       

 

                    Cutting Mat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFFILIATE LINKS: Links used in this description may be affiliate links, which means if you decide to purchase through on of those links, you won't pay any extra but we will get a lil commission! Thank you so much!

 

 

 

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