Using the Cricut Explore to Cut Out a Sewing Pattern




Introduction: Using the Cricut Explore to Cut Out a Sewing Pattern

I noticed after drafting a few patterns for corsets by hand, I could use my Cricut Explore to make the process of printing and/or cutting out the pattern easier.

Some of the benefits of using the Cricut Explore to cut or print your pattern are:

  • That the original is saved to your computer or cloud so you never have to worry about misplacing it.
  • If you rip a pattern piece or it gets cut in the wrong place, you can cut out another one.
  • You can adjust the size on the Cricut Design Space without having to start over.

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Step 1: Getting Your Pattern Ready to Import to Cricut Design Space

After taking my pattern and scanning it to the computer, I pieced it together in Paint. The curve and line on Paint allowed me to trace the lines a little cleaner so they would show up better in Inkscape. You can even add a seam allowance using Paint if you like.

After saving each piece, I opened them in Inkscape, ungrouped each image and then used the Trace Bitmap. This is because it will cleanup all the little speckles that show up during the scan. I then rotated the image to make them straight and deleted the part of the image of the back of the paper so only the image remained. From there I saved it as an SVG file and exported it as a PNG file. Both of which can be used in Cricut Design Space.

Step 2: Getting Your Pattern Ready to Cut Out

Once the pattern pieces are ready, you can Import them into Cricut Design Space. It has become so incredibly easy to do this, the folks at Provo Craft have really outdone themselves.

Start a new Project, select the images you want to upload. I prefer to use the image upload as sometimes Inkscape doesn't catch all the speckles and I can either erase them during the upload process or hide them with the contour feature.

The pattern pieces are not going to be the same size in Design Space as when you uploaded them to your computer so make sure you know your measurements. If you have a copy of the pattern piece you uploaded, you can enter the specs into the Edit field on the right. I also like to attach the pieces to one another so I won't have to move them around on the Print Preview screen. You are limited to either 12 by 12 or 12 by 24 depending on the cutting mat you have.

Once you have the pieces arranged the way you want them, you are ready to cut.

Step 3: Cutting Out the Pattern

The great thing about being able to print out your pattern is you can also have the Cricut Explore mark where the waist tape is supposed to be and mark the number of the pattern piece on the pattern. Once the machine is done cutting, the pattern is ready to use.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you.

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    5 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I have never used this machine. Can you use it to cut the pattern from fabric? Do you scan the pattern piece at full size? I have a 11x17 scanner.


    Reply 4 years ago

    I haven't tried fabric yet, but I have some heavy cotton, twill, drill and coutil I am going to try with a German carbide blade.

    I do scan the pieces at full size. The png pieces don't import at full size for me. They import small and I have to adjust the pieces to the right height. SVG imports in a large size so I have to adjust it down to the right height. There might be a save setting for png and svg I haven't found yet that might address these issues. I have more experimenting to do.


    2 years ago

    The cricut maker now has a rotary tool that makes fabric a breeze to cut. just got one for Christmas and am really impressed with it -- I originally had been using the cricut explorer air. I went YIKES when I found out how much a friend paid for the gift, but after using it on some projects I'd done previously with my old cricut, I was really REALLY grateful. :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    It looks like a great machine.