Use your Cricut Maker to create appliques

Dream of Summer With These Tropical Leaf Appliques

March 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi there! I don’t know about you, but I am just about DONE with winter weather, and I am so ready for the warmer weather, and days spent by the pool. I also love all things linen and I am pretty enamored with tropical leaves and decor.

Fabric appliques with the Cricut Maker

To bring myself a little of the summer that I am craving right now, I ordered a simple linen table runner - but you could absolutely make one if you wanted - and used my Maker to cut out tropical leaf appliqués for the runner.

1: Measure Table for Runner

Measure the table for your table runner.  Then make or order a table runner to fit.

2: Measure the Runner

Measure the table runner. This will help you decide how large to make your appliqués.

3: Create Your Design

Create Your Design

Open Design Space (or use this cut file) and adjust the leaves to fit your table runner. I made 3 larger leaves, 4 medium leaves, and one small leaf.

4: Apply Heat N Bond

Use the EasyPress to apply the Heat N Bond to the back side of the fabric, and cut to fit a Cricut cutting mat.

5: Cut Out Leaves

Apply the fabric, fabric side up, to the cutting mat, and send the design to your Cricut to cut.

6: Remove Leaves

Remove Leaves

Remove the leaves from the mat.

7: Arrange on Runner

Arrange on Runner


Arrange on Runner

Remove the Heat N Bond backing from the fabric and place the leaves on the table runner. Have fun with this, layer the leaves, and stack them.

8: Apply Leaves to Runner

Apply Leaves to Runner

Use the EasyPress to apply the leaf appliqués to the table runner. I set the EasyPress at 360* for 30-45 seconds for each section of the leaf. Repeat on the back side of the table runner.

Step 9 (Optional): Sew Around the Appliqués

10: Place on Table

Place on table

Decorate your table, and enjoy a fruity beverage…you are ready for Summer!

3 thoughts on “Dream of Summer With These Tropical Leaf Appliques

  1. Can you scan a design into this machine. For example an applique design that I want to cut out to use with my embroidery machine?

    • Not directly into the machine, but you could scan it on a scanner and upload the image. There are even phone apps that work as scanners, these days.

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