Hey friends! As everyone anxiously awaits the launch of the newest machine from Cricut, the Cricut Maker, I have been busy putting together a fun & free project for you!
The Cricut Maker is going to have such a huge impact on the way we craft and create, and I am so thrilled about the possibilities! For me, the most exciting part is the amazing new Rotary blade! Here’s a quick close-up video showing this baby in action!
Amazing, right!? So, in the spirit of magical fabric cutting machines, I decided to put together a free project for you to make with your Maker!
This cute little bow is super beginner friendly, especially since the Maker will do the cutting and marking for you!
First things first, download the free cut file here
Upload the SVG into Cricut Design Space™
You will need to change some of the lines so that they will Write with the Fabric Marking pen, rather than cut! The lines shown in BLUE are to be marked with the Fabric Marking pen.
You can change the lines by clicking the “Layers” icon at the bottom, locating the layer you want to change, and click the arrow to the right of the layer.
Choose “Write” at the top of the menu that appears. Then select the “Washable Fabric Pen 1.0, Blue”
Be sure to change every layer shown in that first screen shot!
Then you will want to select all of the layers and “Attach” them together, so they don’t separate when they are sent to the mat. You do this in the “Actions” menu at the bottom of the screen.
Once you have it uploaded and have changed the fabric marking layers, you are ready to cut your fabric! Click the “Make It” button at the bottom right.
Here are a few important tips I learned along the way!
- Make sure to press your fabric well. You don’t want any creases or wrinkles.
- Cut your fabric slightly smaller than the 12×12″ mat space. The first time I attempted cutting fabric, I didn’t trim it down and part of the fabric overlapped to the edge of the mat where the roller pulls the mat in/out. It pulled the fabric and got all bunched up, so it didn’t mark the lines straight and wasn’t able to cut it out correctly!
- Make sure you smooth & press your fabric very firmly to the pink Fabric Grip mat! You want it to be secure so it doesn’t shift or get pulled while the Maker is doing it’s thing.
Once your fabric is secured on the mat, you’re ready to cut! Here’s a video tutorial I put together of the process of cutting and putting together the project!
It’s my first video tutorial, so please let me know what you think in the comments! I’d love to know things I can improve on for future video tutorials.
See below for written steps.
- Once your fabric pieces are cut, fold each piece right sides together along the middle line which is marked in blue. Press well.
- The stitching line is marked for you. Stitch each piece on the blue lines, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the seam.
- Don’t forget to leave the opening on the main bow piece! There is a blank space in the middle of the marked stitching line. Do not sew in the blank space so you will be able to turn it right side out.
- Use your preferred method to turn each piece right side out. Press well.
- Take your main bow piece (the long rectangle) and find the center. Fold the sides in and overlap them at the center by about 1/4″. Turn it right side up, and scrunch the bow down in the middle using an accordion style fold.
- Take a long piece of thread and wrap it several times around the middle to secure the center of the bow.
- Now take your tail piece (with the angled edges) and find the center. Scrunch the center down the same way as described in step 6. Place it just below the Main Bow, and continue to wrap the thread around both pieces, securing them together.
- Take your bow center (the small rectangle) and hot glue one end to the back of the bow. Do not wrap it around yet.
- Hot glue a clip of your choice onto the back of the bow. Don’t let the clip close down on the hot glue before it dries, you don’t want to glue it closed!
- Now wrap the Bow Center around the front of the bow snugly. Apply another line of hot glue and secure the end of the Bow Center. I like to run a line of hot glue to secure the raw edge.
- Turn the bow over and you are finished!
I really hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you get stuck or have a question! I always read and respond to comments! 🙂
Be sure to grab your new Cricut Maker machine, available Sunday, August 20th, 2017! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, I will be sharing several free tutorials in the coming months!
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