Kestrel's Cricut Supplies
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To finish up my itemization of all the stuff I use in my sewing studio, today's blog post is all about the stuff I use for cutting fabric with my Cricut Explore Air 2.
The blog posts in this series will include:
- Computer and Sewing Machines
- Sewing Tools
- Storage and Organizers
- Cricut Supplies This post
These supplies are the things I use with my cutting machine.
Fine-Point Blades: Link These off-brand blades are made from carbide and are far cheaper than Cricut's branded blades. They're great, and I buy them by the dozen. I always use a new blade for each cutting project, and change blades every 500-1000 cuts, depending on how big my fabric pieces are.
Sticky Mats: 12in x 12in, 12in x 24in Buying Cricut's branded sticky mats in bulk is by far the cheapest dollar-per-mat ratio I've found. The 12"x12" mats in bulk come to $3.46 each; the 12"x24" mats are $5.12 each. That's calculating the sale prices available as of publishing this blog post, but in all honesty, I've never not seen the bulk mats on sale.
Alcohol-free Baby Wipes: Link I use one wipe to clean my mat after every trip through my cutting machine. Keeping a clean sticky mat is critical to ensuring clean fabric cuts. (The wipes in the link look different than the photo in this blog post. I use the wipes in the link, but keep them in the water-tight storage container shown in the photo.)
Heavyweight Sheet Protectors: Link Cut pieces of fabric lifted off of the sticky mat have a tendency to curl. I use these heavyweight sheet protectors to flatten them down. Resting a sheet protector on top of the fabric pieces will do the trick; no need to slide the fabric pieces inside. Also: Regular weight protectors don't do the job; you need to use heavyweight.
Cricut Scraper: Link This scraper is perfect for removing debris from the sticky mat. I wipe my mats with a baby wipe and then scrape off any residual fusible/fibers with this scraper. Unfortunately, this scraper is only available as part of a set of other tools, and to be completely honest, I don't use any of them other than the scraper.
Speedball Brayer 4in Roller: Link This roller is perfect for evenly pressing fabric to the sticky mat.
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These last two supplies aren't show in the photo but are part of my fabric-cutting process.
Mod Podge: Fabric Matte I use diluted Mod Podge to treat my fabric against fraying. I initially used the Fabric variety of Mod Podge, but have recently switched to Matte because it's less expensive. Both work extremely well. Tip: You can also get Mod Podge from Joann, and if you have a coupon, that might be the least expensive option.
Pellon 805 Wonder Under: Walmart, Amazon This is my preferred brand of fusible web, and at $1.40/yard (as of publishing this blog post), the Walmart link is the cheapest I've found it. The Amazon link is a close second at $2.02/yard.