Four Tips for Die Cutting Fabric

by Kim Jackson

Many die-cutting machines work well with fabric, and these machines can help you create the perfect scrapbook accents to enhance the stories you tell on your layouts. With these tips for success, you'll have neat die cut fabric accents and titles, like those featured on this scrapbook page from Wendy Sue Anderson, in no time at all.

Josh 8.5x11 2-page scrapbook layout

Josh by Wendy Sue Anderson for Making Memories, as seen in Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions, page 79.

1. Always check your die-cutting machine's instruction manual before die cutting any material. And download our handy die-cutting charts for both electronic and manual die-cutting machines to have a quick reference at your fingertips.

2. Depending on the type of fabric and the die-cutting machine, you may find that some threads will remain uncut. Carefully snip these with sharp scissors to refine your die cut.

3. Avoid frustration (and possibly ruining a piece of your fabric) by doing a test cut before committing yourself to cutting out an entire design.

4. Die-cutting mahcines generally have a hard time working with stretchy fabric like polyester. In order to reduce the amount your fabric will stretch during cutting, adhere it to paper first.


For more ideas for using your die-cutting machine with trendy materials from the sewing world, check out Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions.

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