Textiles and your Cricut Maker

Sewers, quilters, and crafters! Have you thought about using your Cricut Maker to streamline your sewing room? One of the unique features of the Cricut Maker is that the rotary blade is a standard accessory. If you have not used the rotary blade, you will be happy to learn how easy it is to use.

The Cricut Maker is terrific for making multiples of the same shape or for cutting out intricate details. Pieced quilts and appliques are easier with the convenience of using your Maker.

What exactly is a rotary blade? The blade is circular disk and rotates as it cuts. Cutting is achieved by pressing and rolling the blade across the material.

How is the Cricut Rotary Blade different than using the Premium Fine-Point blade? The fine-point blade works best with materials such as paper, cardstock, posterboard, vinyl, iron-on, and other thin to medium weight materials that don’t typically stretch or become distorted as the blade is pulled across the material.

Can I use the Bonded Fabric Blade instead of the Rotary Blade? Yes, the Bonded Fabric Blade is an alternative to the rotary blade. Keep in mind that the fabric needs to be stabilized for optimal cuts, hence the name Bonded Fabric.

What can I cut with the rotary blade?

Delicate fabrics Light weight fabrics Medium weight fabrics Heavy weight fabrics Leather Specialty materials
Cashmere Chiffon Burlap Canvas Faux Leather Bonded fabrics
Seersucker Gauze Cotton Denim Faux Suede Moleskin
Silk Tulle Linen Duck Cloth Metallic Leather Terry Cloth
Velvet Netting Muslin Jute Garment Leather Printable Fabric
Cork Flannel Oil Cloth Suede Fleece
Tissue paper Felt Knits
Tweed Batting
Wool Felt Non-woven

Do I need anything else to use a Cricut Rotary Blade? The pink FabricGrip mat is specially designed to secure fabrics and hold up to the rotary blade’s sharpness.

Author: Gwen Zierdt

Writer, artist, maker