We all have this creative mind which can imagine different ideas, designs, and patterns for our sewing project. Of course, with the help of the Cricut machine, we can all make those ideas possible.
If we love what we do, then we will surely enjoy making different things out of sewing different patterns.
Maybe at first, you’ll find it difficult, you may fail in creating 1 or 2 first projects but if you’d just follow the steps then you’ll make it. I guess when you’ve done perfect projects already, you’d get addicted in sewing with Cricut machine.
Here are four examples of an easy craft sewing pattern with a Cricut Machine.
1. What we will do is a Halloween theme Table Napkin.
First, you need to prepare the materials you will use.
Then, the steps on how to create patterns thru the Cricut machine.
Connect your Cricut machine to your computer.
Open your Cricut into your computer.
Select the ‘Create new project’ and on the left menu bar, click the shapes icon.
Select a square and resize it to the largest size that the Cricut machine can cut. 11.5 X 11.5”.
Add another square with 11.25X11.25” size.
Create a smaller square in the layer panel by clicking the black circle by the scissor’s icon.
Choose the button ‘WRITE’ and click on the Washable fabric pen which will write a bright blue color.
Click the button ‘MAKE IT NOW’, and you will be instructed to manually insert the washable fabric pen into the machine.
The machine will do the square pattern and also cut if for you.
Now, it’s your turn to sewing the cut fabrics by the use of another Cricut machine.
That steps may sound difficult, if you still want some easy way to create a Table Napkin, here is the video.
2. Let us learn how to create Sleep Mask
Everyone has a difference, something with sleeping. Some people can’t sleep while lights are on and others can’t sleep while lights are off. So, what if you sleep with a person who wants to just let the lights on while you want it off? Here’s a solution to your problem, a sleep mask.
This mask can be done in 30 minutes and you can make this as a present to your friend who can’t sleep also, like you, when the lights are on.
Since you already have the sample steps in number 1, it will be also easy for you to make a sleep mask.
There you go. You have three samples with steps on how to create a pattern in the Cricut machine, a different design that you can create out of creativity, and video you can watch to learn more about sewing patterns with Cricut machine.
We all have different ways to spend our vacant time well. Some just hold their phones, scrolling up and down, some go out with friends, some just sleep, and some has a good hobby like drawing, sewing, and quilting. For others, those kinds of hobbies are just a waste of time. But it is not. When you really have the fashion in the drawing, sewing, or quilting you can make it as a business at the same time you are having fun and enjoy doing it.
If your hobby is quilting or sewing two or more fabric, then you won’t have a hard time thinking of a unique, memorable, and beautiful gift for someone. It may be inexpensive but it has sentimental value because you put an effort in there.
We have this machine that can help you from quilting, it is the Cricut maker. It can do cutting, writing, and sewing for you.
So, do you want to know how to use Cricut for quilting?
Here are the ways on how to use it.
1. Cut a fabric
Cutting is like the first step when you want to do a specific shape in quilting. It requires you a lot of time to cut the shapes one-by-one. But, by the help of Cricut maker, you don’t have to worry anymore about cutting so many shapes you want. It can do different shapes like square, circle, hexagon, and it can also cut a letter shape for you.
Cricut maker is really a great help in cutting. The hard curves you are trying to cut perfectly can do by the Cricut maker, just like the curves in the letter shape.
2. Cut thick materials
Well, not all the time you will let the Cricut maker do the cutting job. You can just cut one template from the maker then use the rotary cutter to cut the fabric that you will use in quilting. The templates can be chipboard or balsa wood. These materials have enough thickness that can cut by the Cricut maker.
The cut templates can also be used in demo or tutorial about quilting. So, you don’t need to buy rulers or other straight edges to be used in your demo or tutorial class. It will save you money and time.
3. Add iron-on labels
You can also print phrase into your quilted fabric just like the words “Love”, “My Lovely Mom”, “You’re the Best”, or you can print your name or the name of someone to whom you will give the quilted fabric and serve as your give to him/her.
You can print the labels by ironing it, there is a Cricut device that can do the ironing for you.
Aside from labels or phrases. You can also add iron-on vinyl at the top of your quilt.
This iron-on designs will give beauty to your quilt, and it can also serve as a short message.
4. Draw or write as a guide for embroidery
There is a washable fabric pen that you can put in the Cricut maker. When you have programmed words, the Cricut maker will write it on the fabric for you. Then after it has been written, it’s time for you to do the embroidery thing.
You can also put embroidery design not only iron-on designs.
After the embroidery and the quilting, you can wash off the pen guide by a washing the quilted fabric.
5. Draw stitching lines
After making a quilted one and looks like you want to put a simple design. Why not try to draw a stitching line by using washable fabric pen in the Cricut maker. The stitch lines can be 1 inch apart so that it will look good. Then stitch it by the Cricut sewer machine, make sure that the color of the string you will use will much to the color of the fabric.
There you go. You already know the ways on how to use the Cricut for quilting and at the same time, you also have some ideas and designs for your gift.
You can do more by the use of Cricut maker when you have a wide imagination about beautiful designs you can make and a lot of time to explore the Cricut maker.
With the advent of technology, it is easy for most of us to print designs onto vinyl substrates. Before, heat pressing was the only way you can transfer designs to banners or other displays. Graphics back then were not durable and did not last long. Furthermore, complex designs cannot be fully displayed so ideas are being limited.
However, digital printing brought a significant change in all these. Transferring designs to a vinyl substrate have never been faster, easier, and of better value. There are so many vinyl-cutting machines on the market, and Cricut and Silhouette are two of the leading household names in the industry.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 machine offers a lot of functions to its users. It can cut sophisticated details with utmost precision. You name it. Whether that is some lace stationary design or fine snowflakes, the machine can handle them well. It also writes using Cricut Pens. This makes your cards appear as if they were handwritten. It has more than 370 fonts to choose from. And thanks to its scoring stylus, this machine can make perfect fold lines from cards to acetate pinwheels or 3D paper crafts.
Cricut boasts that this new and hit die cutting machine is two times faster than any other. It can work wirelessly via Bluetooth too. The manufacturer claims it makes life beautiful as it can work with more than 100 different materials. These include the usual cardstock, fabric, paper, and vinyl as well as specialist media such as metals, leather, and foam.
This DIY, smart cutting machine can also be run using an app. The app contains predesigned projects that you can quickly cut. The Explore Air 2 has the size of 24 by 9.5 by 9.5 and weighs 16.84 pounds.
Personally, Cricut Explore Air 2 is my machine of choice for cutting any projects. It is the easiest to use, and the cuts are nice and clean. Its smart dial technology ultimately won my heart. This feature lets you choose the type of material you will be working with, and then the machine will adjust the pressure.
Includes 3,000 test projects with materials for you to try hands-on
Comes in different colors and has one of the sleekest designs you can ever see in a cutter
Highly accurate scoring stylus with more than 350 fonts
Fast Mode feature allows you to work on your crafts twice as fast
Easy installation and use of the software – The Cricut Design space is very user-friendly. It comes with online instructional videos, making it ideal even for beginners.
Has a Bluetooth feature for wireless cutting – You must have a Bluetooth connection from your computer or iOS mobile device. It is good to note that this machine was the easiest to connect to Bluetooth.
Does not have mat slipping issues
Can cut designs made in Adobe suite
Uploading images is free
Different formats like .svg, .jpg., .png, .bmp, .gif, .dxf are accepted
Design software lacks advanced features
Software does not work offline – It requires broadband internet connection and internet browsers. It is not a stand-alone machine.
No android app available yet (manufacturer says it is coming soon)
Minimum system requirement updates are necessary to update the software – Updating and meeting these requirements may require upgrading your entire computer system.
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette’s latest cutting machine is quite similar to its predecessor but with a few key upgrades and brand new features. It has been making waves among enthusiasts so reviewing this is a bit exciting.
The Cameo 3 can cut more than 100 different materials up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long. It comes with a built-in AutoBlade. The powerful blade can easily and quickly cut grips. Do take note though that the AutoBlade only auto-adjusts. It does not figure your settings for you. You still need to set all of the materials, while the Autoblade fine-tunes. You can also cut materials without using a mat following the introduction of the matless cutting.
The Cameo 3 has a very sleek design. Many say it resembles like your home printer, to which I strongly agree. The machine flaunts a modernized touchscreen design. It has incorporated wireless connectivity via Bluetooth. This means you do not have to deal with a lot of tangled cables and wires. It can be a bit bulky though measuring 22.5 by 8.5 by 6 inches and weighs about 12 pounds.
The dual-carriage feature is Cameo 3’s notable upgrade. Such feature allows the machine to carry out two different functions in one operation. Yes, you can cut and sketch all at the same time. And what does this mean? Of course, more work is done within a period of time.
Broadband internet is only necessary to download and update the software. It is also needed for downloading fonts and images from the store. Other than that, this is a stand-alone tool.
It cannot be denied that the Cameo 3 cuts well with all images. However, there are times when the machine experiences paper jamming, compromising small cuts. It does not have a smart dial, so you are responsible for setting the material and for testing if the pressure is correct. It can be tedious especially for beginners. You can find some cheat sheets though.
12-inch cutting and drawing width
Responsive and user-friendly LCD touchscreen
Recognizes Pixscan Technology
Works with both Windows PC and Mac
Has wireless Bluetooth connectivity
Has three different types of blades (standard blade, deep cut blade, and AutoBlade)
AutoBlade setting automatically calibrates the blade based on the materials you are working
The Deep Cut Blade setting lets you effectively work on thicker materials
Cutting clearance has been increased from 0.8 mm to 2 mm to cut more materials
Dual carriages for non-stop cutting and printing
Matless cutting ability to cut lined media to up to 10 feet long
Cutting force not improved with the same 221 g/s just like the last model
Design program is very advanced and requires previous knowledge
Requires payment to use SVG or your own fonts
Comparison of Cricut Explore Air 2 and Silhouette Cameo 3
Both machines are equipped with good software, but each has different learning curves. The Silhouette Cameo 3 is more sophisticated. It allows you to make and personalize images and make it your own. It has some toolbars and layer panels too that work just like Photoshop. But its complexity is not for everyone. Some find it not user-friendly. The application needs to run on a computer too. This means you will need to download and set it up, and of course, it will take some space on your hard drive. However, you will not be dependent on Wi-Fi to use.
Meanwhile, Cricut calls its software Design space. It is the exact opposite of Silhouette’s as this is very easy to learn. You can easily navigate through the application, and everything is visually there. You do not need to hover over the icons. The only drawback is that it needs the Internet to work. Its speed and performance highly rely on the strength and stability of your Internet connection. You will also be required to log into your account. But on the brighter side, it will not take any space on your hard drive.
Each machine has its own strengths and weaknesses. In terms of cutting abilities, Cricut Explore Air 2 works best on different materials, particularly the thick ones. But Silhouette Cameo 3 has a better precision even on intricate designs. It can beat previous Silhouette machines.
For the print-then-cut feature, Cricut Design Space limits the sizes of images you can cut. Printing quality is low too. Images do not appear sharp, while the colors are not as vibrant. The only advantage it has is its simplicity. The process of uploading images is very short. Meanwhile, Silhouette Studio can be a bit challenging to work with, but its outputs are impressive. Both images and colors are of high quality, even with very large pictures.
The pen feature of Cricut Explore Air 2 allows you draw and write anything. It still has the dual head technology, single line fonts, and a place for fine tip pens just like the original Cricut Explore. However, one downside for this machine is that the pen leaves a dark dot on the spaces you started and ended drawing or writing with.
On the other hand, Silhouette Cameo 3 allows you to make any cut sketch similar to Cricut. You can also purchase and download sketch items from the online store. While you can use different fonts, the Cameo 3 does not employ handwritten or single line fonts. But there is more room for creativity in this machine. It offers fill sketch for texts and more edit features for fonts.
When handling materials, both are compatible with several different materials. Cricut is capable of a deep cut. A head-to-head study found that Cricut is better than Silhouette when it comes to the ability and preciseness.
Mats and Tools
The mats from Cricut are sturdier than Silhouette’s. It comes in three different strengths too – light, medium, and strong. Silhouette’s mats feel so delicate. Its light sticking mat makes it difficult to cut heavier materials. However, this might not be a major issue at all with Silhouette matless cutting ability. The machine allows you to conveniently cut vinyl without a map and up to 10 feet long. You can easily work on very large projects without the need of loading and uploading the mats.
Design and Appearance
Both machines have sleek designs. But I love the available fun colors of Cricut. Silhouette only comes in white. The Cricut machine is more portable as it is much smaller in size too. Silhouette can eat up a large amount of space as it requires a taller and wider clearance.
Both devices have onboard tool storage. Cricut’s is a bit larger and can hold more tools. And like I said earlier, the Silhouette Storage tray looks like the typical printer tray that you pulled out. The area is small too, and the paper guides easily fold out.
The two machines are equipped with double tool holders. The one tool holder goes for the blade, while the other for pens or the scoring tool. The Silhouette boasts a touchscreen LCD. You can find here tutorials such as how to insert blades or mats on the machine. Cricut, on the other hand, does not leave any room for error. Its smart dial feature will ensure that there are no guess works.
Both brands have been rivaling to be the best cutting machine maker. Although they have lots of differences, they also share some similarities. Both machines can handle and cut intricate designs. They are compatible with a variety of materials too. They are capable of wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and are installed with different software incorporated into a design store. You can work on a cloud too, permitting you to work on other devices such as iPads and laptops. I particularly love both their sleek appearance and dainty designs.
I say beginners should choose the Cricut Explore Air 2. It is very easy to work, and you do not need a day to learn everything. It is great for home decorations and scrapbooking. Pick the Silhouette Cameo 3 if you work with larger images. It is not only intended for home decorations but also for mug or T-shirt printing.
Overall, both cutting machines have flaunted their advantages and disadvantages. Each has its own unique feature to boast. It is really difficult to pick which is which. It is either you get the fast cutting or the stable, multi-featured cutting. But at the end of the day, it all boils down to what purposes you want these machines to serve.
So, you have finally entered the exciting world of crafts by buying a Cricut machine. Now, is the time to explore your creativity. It is very easy to use the machine; proper instructions are given in the user manual. Still, as you are a beginner, here are some tips that can help.
Removing stickiness of the mat
The cutting mat is the surface where you cut the materials. Initially, you may find it too sticky, and your designs may tear off or get distorted when trying to take it off the mat. One trick is to rub the mat with your hand or on a piece of cloth before using it. This way, the stickiness will go away. You also need to clean the mat properly after every use; otherwise, the mat will feel sticky when you try to cut your new design.
Before you start your final work, test it on a small area. Cutting needs practice. So, you should practice cutting various materials. Before cutting make sure that your cutting knife is sharp.
Subscribe to design sites
You will find various design sites online. By getting subscription to these sites you can access hundreds of new design ideas. So, if you are regular at craft works, these designs will help you create new things.
You will now find various forums and social groups on craft works. You can join one of these groups and discuss with others on how to improve your work. You can learn new things from experienced designers.