Sizzix: How To Die Cut Fabric

Sizzix: How To Die Cut Fabric

Sizzix: How To Die Cut Fabric

January 29, 2014 | Skills | 10 Comments

You remember that time I told you I got an awesome new gadget for my sewing room? Well, me and this handy machine have been pretty much inseparable lately! I mean, how many times have you been about to make something and realised that you need just shy of eleventy billion fabric shapes, and suddenly feel like you can face spending hours cutting and trimming only to discover that a hefty chunk of your yield is wonky or, worse still, slightly too small or too large despite all the maths and rulers in the world! The reason that I’ve been hanging out with the Sizzix Big Shot lately is because it makes pretty light work of snipping and cutting fabrics.

Getting to grips with a completely new gadget might be a little daunting at first, I mean I can’t be the only one who wonders if a gadget can really can’t be as simple and easy to use as folks make out, can I? But, my friends, here the rad part! Using the Sizzix Big Shot to cut and trim fabrics for quilts, accessories and a whole heap more stithcing projects is quick, easy and most importantly, extremely accurate!

With a fair few new stitching makes and projects underway in my studio making use of this super efficient Sizzix system, I thought that – first things first and all that – I’d share a Quick-Start Guide for How to Die Cut Fabrics With a Sizzix Big Shot!

How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyStart by picking out the fabrics that you want to use and your chosen die – sweet, we can all do that! The Sizzix die has two very different faces – one is hard plastic and the other has a foam surface which houses the super-sharp cutting blades (so don’t go pressing or pushing your fingers on there too much!) The die is used with the blades positioned uppermost and the hard plastic base facing downwards. The fabric that I am using is a quilting cotton, because my stash indicates that I have something of a soft spot for it – although this can be used with a wide range of fabrics – the fabrics need no special treatment or preparation before cutting, unless like me you like to give everything a press before you begin!
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyBegin to place the fabric onto the cutting surface. The die will safely cut through eight layers of fabric, so start by positioning the fabric over the die and then make a fold in the fabric at the opposite side of the die to bring the fabric back over. Aligning the folds on each side will help to get a really neat finish. Fold again in the exact same way, this will create four layers of fabric.
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyEnsuring the remaining length of fabric is following these neat folds, bring the fabric back over the die to create a second layer. There will now be eight layers of fabric neatly aligned on the cutting surface, smart huh?

Die cutting fabrics with a Sizzix Big Shot is a super efficient way to cut shapes due to the clever placement of the individual shapes on the cutting surface – but, you know what? It can’t do it entirely alone, you’re going to have to ensure that you position the fabrics so that there is little waste on the edges of the die and if you cut the shape from slapbang in the centre of the fabrics, chances are you’re going to end up with lots of bits to add to your scrap pile!
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyPlace a Cutting Pad on top of the folded fabrics that are positioned on the die, allowing a slight overhang, and position the second Cutting Pad underneath and neatly squared up to the plastic base of the die. This sandwich of  Cutting PadDieFolded FabricCutting Pad is now ready to put through the Sizzix Big Shot!
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyPosition the die and fabric sandwich into the Sizzix Big Shot, apply a little pressure to push it fully into position and begin cranking the handle.
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyAs you turn the handle the die and fabric sandwich will be fed through the machine, cutting the shapes neatly as you go. When the sandwich begins to emerge from the other side, the clear Cutting Pads reveal the crisp cut shapes – this my friends is where it all get’s pretty addictive – you’ll be wanting to crank out zillions of accurately cut fabric shapes just because it is so quick and easy!
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyWhen the die and fabric sandwich has been fed completely through the machine it will disengage from the mechanism and can be easily lifted away. Now is the time to deconstruct the sandwich and reveal the shapes. There might be some static on the Cutting Pad, so  slide it slowly from the top and begin to remove the shapes.
How to Die Cut Fabrics with Sizzix Big Shot Made PeachyTad Dah! Lookie -look at that awesome, and most importantly super-neat, bundle of fabric hexagons! By folding the fabric into eight layers, with a die that has four shape on it (as this one does) I was able to snip 32 hexagons as quick as a wink…and it’s not often that you can say that!

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you if I tell you that I’m already planning on making a whole heap of new hexi quilt projects! In fact, I have are a number of new projects underway that have made use of this awesome gadget, so stay tuned for more Sizzix projects!

 Sizzix Big Shot, Dies & Accessories c/o Sizzix


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    February 5, 2014

    I got my very own Sizzix last week as a birthday present and I am happily in love with it. I got a starter kit with it but none of the die shapes that I most wanted so I am waiting for my first square shape to arrive so I can get something cut out quickly for a Valentine’s day project.

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    September 23, 2015

    Hi there,

    I’ve just bought my first Sissix Big Shot and am looking for dies for cutting fabric – can you tell me where you get yours from? I need letters for appliqué, I mostly use them for bunting, so the letters need to be pretty big (around 2-3″ tall…

    I have found some, but the blades are really deep enough for fabric, I need to cut through heat n’ bond and fabric and they’re struggling…

    Any ideas would be gratefully received, thank you!!

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      September 25, 2015

      Hi Abi, I love the idea of using die cut lettering on bunting! I have not used any of the lettering dies myself, so I don’t have any advice for you from experience – I would suggest the best bet would be to check out the Sizzix website or perhaps contact the customer service team- they are a very knowledgeable bunch and are super helpful!

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    December 8, 2015

    Loved reading your blog about cutting fabric. Thanks for sharing with us. I have just ordered a Big shot and am waiting it delivery and am very new at all of this. I just wanted to make sure I had all the kit I needed to cut material and your blog was a great help. I’m sure I’ll be back to visit!
    Thanks Jules X

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    March 4, 2017

    I love my big shot I have a die for cutting 5 inchsquares and another for cutting
    2&1/4 hexagons these are a god send for my old hands, also have another to cut out diamonds but need to buy the extended plates

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    July 3, 2017

    I have the old type of big shot, can i use it for cutting fabric at all please, or do i need to but a special plate to enable me to cut the fabric with the dies please

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      July 5, 2017

      Hi Annemarie, I believe that all of the Bog Shot machines can be used for cutting fabrics! Hope that helps!

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    kristy farley

    July 28, 2017

    my daughter has just used the fabric die cutting machine and loved it. i have the big shot for scrapping can i use this for cutting fabric? or do i need to buy a different one. also what type of dies can i use? i mainly have the thin metal dies for crafting will these work and if so what plates do i use?


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