Ginger Snap Crafts: Everything You Need to Know About the Cricut Rotary Blade™

Everything You Need to Know About the Cricut Rotary Blade™

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Good morning! This week I’m kicking off a new series called Everything You Need to Know About the Cricut _______________. Annnnd then I’ll fill in the blank with a new Cricut tool or machine or product. Sound fun? I know many of you found a new Cricut under your tree this holiday season. So, I’m hoping this helps you break out that new machine and get to work creating something amazing! :)

Today we are going to learn Everything You Need to Know About the Cricut Rotary Blade™. When you use the rotary blade with your Cricut Maker you can cut fabric like never before. We will talk about the rotary blade’s features, capacity & how to cut fabric with your Cricut Maker & this awesome fabric cutting tool. Let’s get started! :)

Everything You Need to Know About the Rotary Blade

FYI: The rotary blade is part of the Cricut Maker Adaptive Toolset, & it can be used exclusively with the Cricut Maker.

Things you’ll need (in addition to the Cricut Maker) to enjoy the rotary blade:
   

Rotary Blade Replacement Kit
FabricGrip cutting mat
sewing kit
fabric
washable fabric pen

TIP: For best results, replace your rotary blade when you notice uncut threads or when the material settings in Design Space no longer seem to be right.

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The revolutionary rotary blade brings custom made, precision fabric cutting right to your home for the very first time. The blade glides and rolls, and can turn within a quarter of an inch to cut through hundreds of fabrics. I took a video of the rotary blade in action below. It lifts, rotates, changes directions & cuts perfectly! Amazing! :)

The rotary blade allows sewers & quilters (& newbies, like me!) to cut very detailed shapes & patterns with precision that’s just not achievable with plain old scissors. You can also cut up to three layers of fabric at a time. Wow! Now, let’s talk about this blade!

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This brand new, super sharp blade cuts beautiful designs out of soft fabrics for sewing projects that are quicker & easier than ever before. It can literally cut everything from silk, cotton, denim, canvas & burlap. It also cuts through felt beautifully. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard that the rotary blade can even cut delicate materials like crepe paper. Ah-mazing! :) It’s easy to install & use. Simply set it into place & clamp the door shut. You are ready to roll (well….roll & cut fabric!).

TIP: You can check out Design Space for tons & tons of sewing & quilting patterns.

rotary blade tool for Cricut Maker

Since Cricut introduced the Maker (along with it’s accompany rotary blade) almost a year & a half ago you can chose from hundreds of sewing patterns in the Cricut® Library, then perfectly mark and cut fabric with your Cricut Maker. Then you’ll get to do the fun part ~ sewing! I admit I haven’t always been the biggest fan of actually sewing, but I’m hoping to change that. ;)

So far I’ve used my Cricut Maker & rotary blade to cut felt. I made a cute football pennant banner. The rotary blade cuts through the felt like a dream. :)

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pennant banner 3

football party ideas at GingerSnapCrafts.com

By the way, you can find this football pennant cut file right here.

football pennant banner at GingerSnapCrafts.com #football #cricutmaker #cricutmade

I also used the rotary blade to cut fabric on a cute rag tree pillow.

pillow tutorial 1

pillow tutorial 2

But instead of sewing I hot glued the pieces on! Ha! ;)

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The rotary blade did amazing cutting out all those little pieces!

rag tree pillow at GingerSnapCrafts.com #cricutmade #cricutmaker

I also used the rotary blade on a cute monster trick or treat bag.
This is also a Design Space cut file right here.

cutting felt

Again, the rotary blade cut through it like butter! Also, I just hot glued the legs onto the bag (yes, hot glue again!), Do you sense a pattern? I’m not comfortable with sewing at all! Buuuuut I want to be! :)

trick or treat bag 1

So, I decided to use the rotary blade as it was intended! I’m going to sew something! Eek! :)

rotary blade

Here’s a preview of some of the Cricut fabric I cut out using my Cricut Maker & rotary blade.
Any guesses to what I’m going to make? :)

fabric projects

Next week I’ll be sharing the tutorial. Annnnnnnnnd it’s cute! :) In the meantime, check out these 8 bag & tote sewing projects from Simplicity & the Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. Click the picture for more details. :)

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Bag & Tote Simplicity Patterns for the Cricut Maker

Did I answer all your questions about the rotary blade? Do you have more?
Do you cut a lot of fabric? Do you sew? Let me know in the comments below. :)

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Everything You Need to Know About the Rotary Blade


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