If you look on my Pinterest account you will see that I love to applique on my quilts for the kids. Back when I had my E2 I tried several methods to cut with my Cricut. I could never achieve a clean cut. So I cut all my appliques out of paper and traced on to the heat n bond backing that was on my material. It was tedious work.
Well NO MORE! I just cut fabric with my Cricut Explore and it cut like butter. I cut 100% cotton and no snags.
I starched my material to give it a little stiffness, then applied Heat N Bond to the back of the fabric. I intend to stitch around the appliques so I used Heat N Bond Lite. I removed the paper backing from the fabric and placed the bonded (shiny) side down, so it wasn't necessary to mirror my letters.
I selected Fabric on the dial and pressed GO. It cut great as you can see in the pictures. I would definitely recommend a new mat or really sticky one. I also, used a new blade (Roland German Carbide 45 degree). I decided to dedicate my like new mat and new blade for material cutting only. For you sewers out there, you know using your scissors on paper dulls them fast. I wouldn't cut paper with my sewing scissors, so I won't cut paper with my fabric blade. When it starts to get dull, I'll graduate it to the paper blade pile.
Here is the finished project.
So I am now thinking about more material appliques on my Grand daughters clothing.
If you need any help or have questions you can email me or just post a comment her.
Until next time!