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There are so many supplies and gadgets available for crafters.  One of the most exciting and versatile is the Cricut machine. These machines have come a long way since I had one in 2005 which I used for scrapbooking.  

What is a cricut maker?

Today’s Cricut machines can do so much now! On this page is a huge collection of Cricut maker tutorials and articles showing how to use a Cricut maker.

The Cricut machines are smart cutting machines which use an app to cut a plethora of designs on paper, vinyl, wood, fabric, stickers and more.  It enables crafters to design and personalize almost anything!

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Many crafters have purchased Cricut cutting machines to start a business designing and selling their own personalized products.

How Cricut Makers Work

A Cricut cutting machine is like the basic printer in a home.  However, it doesn't print the design on a sheet of paper like a printer.  The Cricut machine uses a precise blade to cut the design out of a sheet of material.

It is necessary to use Cricut's design software, Design Space, on a computer where the image is created.  The design is then sent to the Cricut cutting machine from the computer using a USB or via bluetooth.  Once the Cricut Maker receives the design from the computer, it cuts it out with its sharp precision blade.

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Design space is free to download and use.  It can be explored even before purchasing a Cricut machine.  There are many free projects available through Cricut Design space! Cricut does have a subscription plan Cricut Access (#ad) that gets you additional projects, fonts, images and discounts.

What can I make with a Cricut Maker?

The Cricut Maker is the group of cutting machines that are at the top of Cricut’s line.  The Cricut Maker can cut hundreds of materials, including fabric, plastic, wood, leathers, felt, acrylic material, plus much more.

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Some projects that you can make with the Cricut Maker:

  • Baby items, perfect for shower gifts
  • Homemade greeting Cards
  • Leather items like jewelry (think earrings, bracelets, necklaces)
  • Stencils to use in hundreds of crafts
  • Stickers
  • Personalized mugs
  • Iron ons for T-shirts
  • Signs
  • Quilt fabric cuts
  • Organizing labels
  • Decals for windows
  • Fabric cuts and designs to decorate bags
  • Fabric applique designs
  • So much more!

Great Cricut Projects

Here is a great page full of free Cricut projects!

Not only can the Cricut maker cut hundreds of materials, it can also write.  A special infusible ink is used that is permanent and comes in a variety of colors to make designs and to personalize items.

It is amazing what the Cricut maker can do! We have a wonderful page of free Cricut sewing projects too!

To learn more about the Cricut makers, how to use your Cricut machine, and to find Cricut maker tutorials, scroll down this page.

The crafting world is at your fingertips with this upscale crafting tool!

How to Use My Cricut

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10 Things to Know

10 Things to know before you sew with a Cricut maker. Phat Quarters Fabric

20 Reason You Need A Cricut

Attention Sewist! This post explains 20 reasons you need a Cricut for your sewing. See Kate Sew

All About the Cricut Maker

Sew Simple Home shares what you can do with a Cricut. Sew Simple Home

Balsa Wood

Balsa Wood

Yes, you can use a Cricut Maker to cut balsa wood signs! Here are the simple steps to use your Cricut to cut wood. Single Girls DIY

Border Print

Border Print

Make a custom DIY border print design with the Cricut Maker and this tutorial. Heather Handmade

Cricut Infusible Ink on Color vs White

Cricut Infusible Ink on Color vs White

Learn how the color of fabric affects the results of infusible ink. Heather Handmade

Cricut Infusible Ink vs Iron-On Vinyl

Cricut Infusible Ink vs Iron-On Vinyl

Iron-on vinyl vs infusible ink: what are they and what is the difference? Use either of them to make easy customized products! Learn more and the differences. Heather Handmade

Cricut Knife Blade

Learn about the Cricut knife blade - what it is, how it works, tips & tricks, and where to get it. Hey! Let's Make Stuff

Cricut Machine Mat Cheatsheet PDF

Use this guide to determine which mat to use. Cricut

Cricut Maker Mat

Cricut Maker Mat

Learn how to clean a sticky Cricut mat. Single Girls DIY

Cricut Project Checklist for Beginners PDF

Before you start a Cricut project, use this checklist to make sure you have the right and all of the supplies. Cricut

Cricut Sale: Save 30% on Accessories!

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Get 30% off all Cricut Accessories! Valid through 12/30. Affiliate Link to Cricut

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Learn how to use the Cricut scoring wheel. The Kim Six Fix

Cricut Terms for Beginners PDF

A glossary of common crafting terms to help you on your Cricut® journey. Cricut

Embroidery Design Transfer

Embroidery Design Transfer

This post explains how to transfer embroidery designs onto cloth with a Cricut. The Kim Six Fix

Engraving with Cricut

Engraving with Cricut

Here is a tutorial on using an engraving/etching Cricut tool to make dog tags. However, with this tutorial learn how to engrave other things. Single Girls DIY

Fall Applique Towel

This post shows how to applique with the sewing machine and the Cricut Easy Press Mini. There is also a link to the free fall applique pattern. Sew Simple Home

Foil Iron-On Vinyl Tee

Foil Iron-On Vinyl Tee

This post by Angela has step-by-step instructions including a video that walks you through how to upload a SVG file into the Cricut Design Space, resize the image exactly how you want it and cut the foil Iron-on vinyl! Handmade in the Heartland

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Get pages and pages of predesigned projects as well as design your own projects on your desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. Affiliate Link to Cricut

Freebies for Crafters & Designers

Free Fonts, SVGs, graphics, embroidery designs, crafts and more. Creative Fabrica

How to Upload Pattern in 'Design Space'

Here is a tutorial on how to upload sewing patterns into Cricut’s design software ‘Design Space’ so that the machine can cut pattern pieces out for you! Sew Sarah Smith

Laminated Stickers

Laminated Stickers

How to make laminated stickers using a Cricut machine. B4 and Afters

Mend Clothes with Cricut Maker

Mend Clothes with Cricut Maker

Heather Handmade is sharing an easy tutorial using the Cricut Explore Air 2 for a no-sew method for mending clothing and covering up stains. Heather Handmade

Needlepoint Canvas With Cricut

In this blog post learn how to use a Cricut to make a needlepoint canvas. Penny Linn Designs

Personalize Cosmetic Bag

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Here is a free tutorial on how to make a personalized cosmetic bag with Cricut. Affiliate Link to Cricut

Print and Cut with Cricut

Print and Cut with Cricut

The Kim Six Fix will walk you through the entire print and then cut program in your Cricut Design space software and with your Cricut machine. The Kim Six Fix

Quilt Pieces

Quilt Pieces

In this post learn how to cut quilt pieces with a Cricut. Heather Handmade

Sale at Cricut: Save 30% on Materials!

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Sewing with Cricut and Simplicity Patterns

Pattern Revolution expresses her opinion about sewing with the Cricut Maker and Simplicity patterns. Pattern Revolution

Silhouette Art

Silhouette Art

How to make silhouette art with a Cricut. The Analytical Mommy

Stickers

Stickers

Learn how to easily make stickers with a Cricut machine using this tutorial. B4 and Afters

Stickers

Stickers

How to make stickers with a Cricut. The Analytical Mommy

T-Shirts 101

T-Shirts 101

A step-by-step tutorial on making Cricut shirts with sublimation, HTV and infusible ink. The Analytical Mommy

Vinyl Cutting

Vinyl Cutting

A step-by-step tutorial showing how to cut vinyl with a Cricut. The Analytical Mommy

What Can Cricut Maker Do?

Attention all newbies to the Cricut! Here is a beginner's guide on what a Cricut maker can do. Sew Sarah Smith

What Can I Make With A Cricut

In this post is a list of all the things you can make with a Cricut machine. It's amazing! Crafting In the Rain

Wood Letters

How to cut wood letters with a Cricut Maker to make signs, puzzles and cake toppers. Jennifer Maker





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