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Beginner’s Guide to Die-Cutting

From the tools and materials you need to how to use them, this beginner’s guide covers everything you need to know about die-cutting.

Introduced in the 1800s as a solution to cobblers having to cut leather soles for shoes by hand, die-cutting machines are now staples in craft rooms across the world. They are efficient, multifunctional machines that work with dies to produce cut-out designs for crafts. Just as the first industrial die-cutting machines did, today’s die-cutting craft machines allow you to cut repeat designs with precision and speed, making them an integral part of the crafting world.

When Would I Use Die-Cutting in Crafting?

Die-cutting is applicable across a whole host of craft types and projects, from card crafts and scrapbooking to mixed media crafts and quilting.

Die-cutting for card-making and scrapbooking remains incredibly popular. With card shapes, envelope templates, toppers, and sentiments all coming in die form, crafters can be even more elaborate with their card and scrapbook projects than ever before, regardless of skill level. Craft along with the experts: Learn to craft cards using die-cutting.

Quilters are also turning to die-cutting, choosing to use dies to cut fabric shapes and quilt blocks instead of cutting them by hand. Fabric-cutting dies cut fabrics to the perfect size and with accurate seam allowance. Plus, they can cut multiple layers of fabric at one time!

Die-cutting isn’t limited to just quilting and papercrafts, though. Some dies, such as Steel Rule dies, are suitable for die-cutting metal, chipboard, foam and more, extending the benefits of die-cutting to mixed media crafts too.