Learn how to create an embroidery pattern with Cricut in this simple tutorial!
This post was created for the ‘Use Your Cricut Instagram Challenge’ hosted by Cori at Hey Let’s Make Stuff. This week’s prompt was RESOLUTION. I am resolving to use my machine to it’s capacity! Check out the fun on her Instagram account!
The great part of this tutorial is it can be applied to any machine in the Explore or Maker line! All you need is Design Space and a Cricut washable fabric pen. (I will be sharing pictures of my project along the way but this is NOT an embroidering tutorial. Check out this post if you want to learn more about embroidering.)
Materials needed to create an embroidery pattern with Cricut
The SVG file I used for this pattern is from Pineapple Paper Company. She teamed up with a bunch of my blogger friends to create these 12 New Year files. You can get this file HERE and check them all out!
Once you decide which image you want to use, upload it into Cricut Design Space. Choose that image to place it on your canvas. Size the image to your project’s specifications. In the right hand layer menu, click the scissors icon to expand the menu.
Once the menu is expanded, change to ‘write’ under layer attributes. Scroll down and highlight ‘washable fabric pen’.
Notice that your image is now outlined in blue.
It’s that easy! Now proceed to the cut screen. Load your washable fabric pen into the casing. Place your fabric on the fabric grip mat and watch as your machine draws it onto the fabric for you!
I purposely outlined the edge to show you the magic of this fabric pen.
I’ve read several posts that tell you to use the wrong side of the fabric because the pen does not completely wash out but I’m here to tell you…IT DOES! Once you’ve completed the stitching, use hot water to gently wash away the fabric marker.
NOT A TRACE! How amazing is that?!
Now for the truth bomb…
- Super easy and fast to draw your pattern onto fabric.
- Marker washes completely away.
- Because the pen bleeds a little into the fabric, this is NOT ideal for intricate patterns.
In my opinion, creating this embroidery pattern with the fabric pen is wonderful for beginners. Let’s be honest, most of us are not going to embroidery fancy patterns.
I am in LOVE with how it turned out!