Save Your Scissors
This lecture & demo is available in person or online.
You will learn everything you need to know about how to design for DIY cutting. My DIY cutter of choice is a Cricut, but this information is also applicable for Silhouettes and other at-home cutting machines.
Covered in this program:
- What app to use on your iPad for drawing
- What settings to use on your iPad to help cut down on time required for editing once you move to Illustrator
- How to start drawing overlap on your iPad to help cut down on editing time in Illustrator
- How to correctly export your file so it's editable in Illustrator
- Recommendations for Android alternatives
- How to "clean-up" the exported iPad file (by reducing the number of points without distorting your drawing) to make it manageable for editing
- How to quickly turn your drawing into a colored picture made up of complete shapes
- How to set up artboards in Illustrator to match Cricut's software and cutting mats
- What to do & settings to use when making files for Cricut's software
- Digital drawing alternative: How to draw, scan, and upload hand-drawn designs
- How to import your exported Illustrator files
- The correct blade-pressure settings to use for cutting
- How to prepare your fabric for cutting
- Recommendations on blade types, sticky mats, and types of fabric that will give you the best cuts, and where to purchase supplies
- How to keep track of your pieces once they're cut
- Live demo of Cricut cutting (Unavailable for online version of this class)
Available As A Video Lecture Series
This full class is now available as instructional videos and recorded LiveStreams through Patreon. Subscribing to Patreon will unlock access to the entire class, as well as all other content that I have posted to date.
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Coming to Patreon, December 2021: December's instructional video will focus on this process — designing quilts for cutting machines — by hand. In other words, how to do this process without using a computer for anything more than running the cutting machine software. This "by hand" process is how I first used my own Cricut machine, and I want to share it with those of you who are not as comfortable with digital quilt design.