This tutorial for how to cut larger than the mat in Cricut Design Space will have you cutting larger than 11.5″ wide and 23.5″ long in no time.
I have see several people asking how they can make projects that are bigger than the Cricut cutting mat. Don’t worry. No matter the size of your project, you can do it.
It’s actually quite simple. But it will take some assembly after it is cut.
If you are using a 12 inch square cutting mat, the largest you can cut is 11.5 inches squared.
If you are using a 12 inch by 24 inch cutting mat then the largest you can cut is 11.5 inches by 23.5 inches.
If you are wanting to cut larger than these options then you simply must cut your design.
The easiest way to do that is to make a square or rectangle in Design Space that is the size of the cutting area.
So either the 11.5 inches square or the 11.5 by 23.5 inches.
Then you want to set the line to draw instead of the default of cut.
This makes it easy to see the design through your cutting area.
Now you want to line the cutting area up with your design. I would align it left or right, depending on the design.
I would also align it to the top or bottom, to get it in the corner of your design where you wish to start.
Check out my tips for using Align in Cricut Design Space.
Once you are all set and have it lined up perfectly, you are going to highlight the cutting area and the design and use the Slice feature.
This will cut a piece, the maximum size of your cutting area, off of your design.
Repeat the above steps of aligning the cutting area and design up and slicing pieces off until all of your design will fit on cutting mats.
Then you can hide the cutting rectangle and click Make It to get started cutting.
Lastly assemble the pieces to complete your project.
I hope that helps to clear things up.
If you are a more visual learner I have included a video tutorial.
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Be sure to check out the rest of my Cricut Design Space 101 series for more help.