So you have a Cricut cutting machine and now you are totally hooked on cutting, drawing, and making all the things! There are so many seriously cool accessories that go along with your machine that aren’t strictly necessary but they sure are fun!! Here are the must have Cricut accessories that you can’t (don’t want to) do without!
I love my Cricut Maker and it has seriously changed the way I sew. There are so many amazing things that it can do and I am learning new tips and tricks for using it everyday. I have put together a list all the fun accessories that I love and use with my Cricut. If you haven’t tried the Cricut for cutting fabric and sewing you definitely need to delve into the fabric world! Search Cricut here on Sew What Alicia for lots and lots of fun tutorials for using your Cricut. But first check out all of these accessories that will make using your Cricut even easier and more fun! Make sure and check out these posts about why you need a Cricut Maker for sewing >> Which Cricut should I get? and 10 Tips for Using the Cricut Maker for Sewing
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What Cricut accessories do I need?
What tools and gadgets you need will vary wildly depending on what you want to do with your Cricut.
If you are cutting lots of vinyl then you definitely need a weeding tool set and a scraper as well as a heat source. If you are cutting fabric then you’ll want some pink mats and a brayer.
No matter what you are cutting I have put together a huge list of useful and fun accessories.
Where can I buy Cricut supplies for cheap?
There are lots of great places to get your supplies. For the accessories in this post I have mostly linked to the Cricut shop. They often have sales.
If it is vinyl you are looking for I have two places that I always order my supplies from. Happy Crafters and Expressions Vinyl, sign up for their newsletters and check their social media for frequent specials.
On a side note, I do not recommend the Cricut brand vinyl, the quality just doesn’t compare to the Siser and Oracal you can find on the pages I mentioned above.
Does Michaels carry Cricut accessories?
They sure do! You can find a limited selection of accessories at Michaels stores and a few more things online.
You can also find a small selection of tools and supplies at JOANN.
You should always check each place for a sale or coupon before committing to a purchase, since they are always competing you are bound to find a sale on one of the three pages (Cricut, JOANN, or Michaels.)
Infusible ink is a fun new Cricut category. It is Cricut’s take on sublimation. You can use the Cricut infusible ink pens or use the infusible ink sheets to create fun projects like the COASTERS (pictured below.) See all the infusible ink sheets and pens HERE. If you need tips for using the infusible ink check out THIS post.
The wavy blade is amazing for use with fabric and felt. Get it HERE. The wavy blade adds a curved edge to any project. It is also great for use with paper and would be an amazing addition to your tool kit if you are creating flowers with your machine, like THESE. The wavy blade is one of the newest blades for the Cricut Maker and cannot be used with the Explore line of machines.
The BrightPad is amazing for so many reasons. It is great for weeding vinyl but you can do so much more with it! I like to use it for paper piecing (see my snowman quilt block video to see how I use it for piecing.) It is great for tracing and adapting patterns. It is seriously one of my favorite tools in the craft room.
Want to see the bright pad at work? Check out this video (you can see the original post HERE):
This trimmer is so handy for trimming vinyl. It is also great for cutting excess paper from patterns. It saves your hand from fatigue when you have a large amount of small cutting to do. This is a great tool for large batches of gift tags.
So before I got this I was using the cardboard from a roll of vinyl to help my fabric lie flat on the cutting mat. This works SO much better. It is also amazing for helping heat n bond appliqués lie flat after pressing while the adhesive cools. Or use it on seams when piecing quilts to press without heat. See my dog bone tutorial for a fun fabric Cricut project.
This large scraper is a must have. The small scraper is great and all but really it is hard to hold and doesn’t cover much area. This scraper is perfect for slightly larger vinyl project and it is nice and sturdy which helps get all the bubbles out. It works great with transfer tape and adhesive vinyl as well.
I will be honest, before I had the EasyPress I avoided iron on or heat transfer vinyl like the plague. It never stayed and always left me super frustrated. This machine is amazing for attaching iron on. It works great, it heats up quickly, and it is easy to use. A constant temperature is crucial for adhering iron on and this keeps a steady temp while applying even pressure. I definitely recommend this if you do any sort of iron on. It also works great with Heat N Bond for appliqués and adding Deco Foil, just be sure to let the foil cool before peeling because the adhesive needs to cool a bit to transfer the foil. See my low sew napkins for a fun EasyPress tutorial. Now you can also get the EasyPress 2 which comes in multiple sizes. The big perk of the 2 is that it remembers the last temperature that you set, so if you use the same temp each time you won’t have to click through a bunch of times to get to that same temp. They both work equally great but the EasyPress 2 has a few extra perks that make it fantastic. The link will take you to all the options on the Cricut site, so whether you are shopping on a budget or looking for the perfect size with a few extra perks you can find the Press that is right for you!
This EasyPress mini is super handy. Not only is it great for small vinyl projects I also use it for quilting. It is the perfect size for making binding and pressing small quilt blocks. Don’t forget to get the mat to press on. You can find it on JOANN or on the Cricut site, check both to see which has a better deal!
I love these pens! There are two sets pictured below, the sorbet set and the mermaid glitter gel pen set. The colors are so pretty and they are awesome for all of your Cricut drawing projects. I like to pretend I have doodling skills by watching my Cricut do the doodling for me! Use these to address your envelopes or sign your cards with beautiful script handwriting. There are seriously so many fun options! Just don’t use them on fabric, because really only fabric markers work well on fabric! (See my faux cross stitch gift tags to see how I use these markers.)
If you don’t have table or counter space for your machine then you must have a great place to store it. Grab this tote to store all of your Cricut accessories. It rolls so you can roll it right into your storage closet or roll it out the door to a friend’s house for a day of cutting and crafting. The fabric is beautiful and it just screams for some customization with iron on! Right? Then pair it with this machine tote. These used to come as a set, but now you can easily get them separately and set the machine tote right on top of the craft tote. Use a cute belt or a bungee cord to hold the machine tote on top when you are headed out for a day of crafting!
Tweezers are a must have tool for weeding your projects. They are also great for transferring appliqués that you have cut on your machine. I use them for small letters that I have cut from fabric and for grabbing small hard to weed pieces of vinyl in intricate designs. These are great because they are closed until you press and then they open, which is opposite of most tweezers. This is helpful because you can hold on to something without any hand fatigue which is always a plus.
I have recently discovered a weeding pen. It is my new favorite way to weed. Holding a pen is something our hand is accustomed to, so it feels more natural to work with the pen. It has a straight tip that makes weeding those hard little cuts super easy. This set is super cute and comes with 2 pens. If you want something more traditional check out the tool set below.
If you do a lot of weeding this is a great tool set for you. There are several great weeding tools that you will want to check out. One has a long straight point that is perfect for super small weeding, pierce the vinyl and pull it straight up with this tool. There’s also a weeder that has the traditional curve but then it curves again just at the point. This is great for a pulling motion when weeding. This tool works great for a bigger area of weeding. Get under the vinyl and then keep hold of it with the pointed end as you pull away. This set also includes two sets of tweezers and the traditional weeder shown above.
Cricut has 4 different colors of mats right now. The pink mat (not listed or pictured) is designed for cutting fabric. The blue mat is the light grip mat that you will use with paper and other light weight materials like crepe paper. This mat has less adhesive and allows you to cut materials that previously would have stuck to a traditional mat. The trick for using the blue mat is to turn the mat over and peel the mat away from the paper rather than peeling the paper away from the mat. The green mat is your standard mat that works well with vinyl, iron on, and I also use it for felt. The purple mat is the heavy duty mat that you will use for thicker items like wood veneer and other heavy duty materials. The extra ling mats are great for making multiples or larger designs. This bundle is a great deal and a great way to stock up on mats.
Do you have any other Cricut accessories that you love? Share with me in the comments below.