This Thing Rules

The Cricut Maker fulfills my wildest crafting dreams

This do-it-all craft machine can cut all kinds of fabrics and materials with incredible precision.

Like many Americans, I jumped back into my love of crafting when quarantine began a year ago. But prone to frustration and now, less free time than in those initial two weeks, I found myself leaving projects unfinished and supplies untouched.


Much of my crafting includes upcycling old or thrifted clothes, but working with a sewing machine can get tedious. You’ve got to design a pattern, cut it out, and meticulously pay attention to detail. It’s a time-consuming process, but essential to my style and sustainably keeping up with trends.


Enter the Cricut Maker smart cutting machine. This bad boy can handle over 300 materials, including fabric, leather, paper, and even balsa wood, with ultimate precision.

With just a few clicks, I found myself able to cut out sewing patterns, intricate decals, and fun labels. Frankly, it took me longer to decide what I wanted to make with the machine than to actually craft it.


My first project included testing out Cricut’s new Infusible Ink sheets, which are a far cry from your average iron-on. Instead of sitting on the fabric’s surface, the infusible ink does what its namesake claims — infuses the cloth with your selected design — once activated with heat.


The results

I paired this intricate papel picado design with an old tank top of mine to create a vintage-inspired look with the infusible ink.


While an iron works great for transferring your cut-outs to fabric, I’m a fan of Cricut’s EasyPress machine. Available in a few sizes, the tool allows you to completely cover your design, making sure heat is distributed evenly.

You can use the Cricut Maker by itself to create too. I had the machine cut out these fabric flowers out of scraps to make a headband, matching an upcycled top I made out of an old dress.

The Cricut in action.

I also made more traditional, less style-centric crafts — check out this trinket tray I made cool with the Cricut’s cut-outs.


That being said, the Cricut Maker is certainly an investment. Smaller models, like the Cricut Joy and Cricut Explore Air 2, retail at lower prices with differing features.


Price of the Cricut Maker, on sale from its usual $400.


Considering how much the Cricut Maker has helped me upcycle old into new, though, I think the price is totally justifiable. Once you get a feel for the workflow and the precision, there’s no going back to hand cutting, especially if there are a lot of small details.

Trust, it’s worth the investment.


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