Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 41 bonus project step by step

15th August 2018


Die-cutting Essentials 41 bonus project step by step

With issue 41 of Die-cutting Essentials hitting the shelves, we’re all of a flutter – the amazing and massive A Tree For All Seasons die set is to blame, our biggest ever die!

But the new issue of your favourite papercraft magazine has way more besides the gorgeous inspiration from Claire Rhodes-Brandon. There are new release dies from Crafter’s Companion, Tonic Studios and Lawn Fawn’s adorable new Reveal Wheel projects.

In fact, there’s so much we couldn’t even fit it all in! So here’s an extra special blog-only project from Cricut. They’ve produced perfect accoutrements for an afternoon tea or charity coffee morning – and here’s the bunting to top it all off!

Top tip
Connect the Cricut Explore Air/Air 2/Maker™ to your PC, laptop, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device and log on to your Design Space™ account. If using the Cricut Explore Air/Air 2 machines, the fabric must be stabilised using Heat n Bond LITE before cutting

If using the Cricut Explore Air/Air 2 machine and bonded fabric:
12×12″ standard grip cutting mat
Heat n Bond LITE
If using the Cricut Maker machine and unbonded fabric:
12×12″ fabric grip cutting mat
rotary blade (supplied with the Maker)
Cricut Bonded fabric Housing and Blade
Cricut Easy Press™ and Easy Press Mat™ or domestic iron, ironing board and press cloth
Cricut Brayer & Remover Set
Cricut Basic Tool Set
Cricut XL Applicator Tool
Cricut Sewing Set
fabric in three colours or designs, at least one plain
Heat n Bond ULTRA
Spring Meadow Sampler Cricut Foil Iron-on
purple Cricut Glitter Iron-on vinyl
Bias binding tape to coordinate
sewing machine or needle & coordinating thread

Search for and select the ‘Tea Party – Porcelain & Burlap Banner’ project in the Design Space™ project library. Click customise.

Delete any unwanted layers, then group all required layers and resize. The project makes the bunting 12.7x19cm. Remember to allow 1cm for the seam allowance when adjusting the size.

Insert a circle from basic shapes and resize to fit within the triangle, slightly larger than the teapot and teacup shapes.


If using the Cricut Explore Air/Air 2 machine, apply Heat n bond LITE to the back of the two fabrics for the triangles, following the packaging instructions.

Apply Heat N Bond ULTRA to the back of the plain fabric for the circles.

Follow the on-screen prompts to cut the triangles and circles from fabric and the teapot and teacup shapes from foil iron-on and glitter iron-on vinyl, adjusting the material setting accordingly and changing the housing unit and blade type.

Use the Brayer tool to apply the fabric to the cutting mat to ensure good contact and minimise air bubbles. Use the XL Applicator or scraper tool to apply the vinyl to the cutting mat to ensure good contact and minimise air bubbles.

Remove the cut images from the cutting mat using the spatula or remover tool, slowly bending the mat away from the images. Stitch the fabric triangles together using a seam allowance of 1cm and leaving the top short edge open.

Snip the pointed end taking care not to cut through the stitching. Turn each triangle through and press flat using the Easy Press™ or iron.

Press the bias tape in half lengthwise, then pin each triangle into position, sandwiched inside the bias tape and stitch into place. Stitch a loop into the ends of the tape to make hanging the bunting easy.

Using the Easy Press™ or iron, first apply the Heat n Bond backed circles to one side of each stitched triangle and then the teapot and teacup images on top of the circles, following the packaging instructions. If using the Easy Press™, obtain the exact temperature and time settings for the fabric and iron-on materials from the Cricut website help section.

Hang the bunting!

You can shop for all Cricut products at www.cricut.com

Enjoy this project, and let me know what you think of the magazine kirstie.mccrum@practicalpublishing.co.uk

Until next time, happy die-cutting!


  1. Pam Holloway

    Great mag. Great die set. Any special reason why the ppjump.co.uk/dce41 address doesn't work for the competitions?

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