Learn To Cut A Buffalo Plaid SVG With Your Cutting Machine.

I love Buffalo Plaid! This tutorial shows you how to cut a Buffalo Plaid SVG with your Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine using my FREE Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin Files. 

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid Design With Cricu

My kids wear it all the time too, and it is super fun to put Buffalo Plaid designs on t-shirts, and just about anything else we can heat transfer vinyl or iron on transfer to. It’s truly a timeless classic!

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So, onto the fun stuff. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to cut Buffalo Plaid with your cutting machine, like a Cricut (or Silhouette or any other cutting machine that can load SVG’s). There is also a png file included in the FREEBIE for printing onto iron on transfer paper.

I default to Cricut, because I have a Cricut Maker and I absolutely love this machine. Here’s how to cut a Buffalo Plaid SVG design with your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine.

The Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin SVG design I’m using for this tutorial has a solid orange background, with a black plaid overlay (which you can access FREE using the form at the bottom of the page.) It is a layered file. You can see all my other (paid) Buffalo Plaid designs in the shop by clicking here.

What You Need For This Tutorial

Here is a list of the items I use to make my Buffalo Plaid designs:


You can get my free Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin from my craft library. Please remember this template is for personal use only.

There are 3 files included, an SVG file which you can use with a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, a DXF file which you can use in Silhouette Studio Basic Edition PLUS a PNG for iron on transfer.

To get the design, simply fill in the short form at the end of the tutorial.

Buffalo Plaid Is Layered

As I mentioned above, Buffalo Plaid is a layered design, in which the plaid pattern is overlaid on a solid background. So you have two layers as shown below:

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid Design With Your Cutting Machine

Separate The Layers

First, you may need to separate the layers by ungrouping them. This will depend entirely on your cutting machine software. Read on for specific instructions for Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio.

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid Design With Your Cutting Machine

Cricut Users

Cricut users, you can skip this step and just send the design straight to cut if it is a simple two layer design like the Plaid Pumpkin shown above.

Here is an example of a Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin in Cricut Design Space. Notice it is already un-grouped in the layers panel on the right hand side. Just click make and you’re on your way.

How To Cut Buffalo Plaid SVG With Cricut Maker


Silhouette Users – Design Edition

Silhouette users, if you are using the SVG file, you will have to ungroup and trace the outline of each layer. This can be done by selecting the design, then right clicking, and then clicking ungroup from the drop down menu.

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid SVG With Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Users – Basic Edition

If you are using the DXF file in Silhouette Basic Edition, you will need to select the solid pumpkin layers first, group them and then move the solid pumpkin away from the plaid pattern.

Then select all of the plaid pattern layers by dragging your cursor around it, then right click on the pattern and select group.

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid DXF in Silhouette Basic Edition

Cutting The Layers

This is the easy part. The solid layer is a simple shape cut. The patterned top layer can be quite intricate depending on what size you make the design.

The Buffalo Plaid layer will need to be weeded, and due to the intricate pattern, be sure to look out for very small pieces of the design on the sides and tips…they are easily missed!

Laying Out The Design

Apply the solid layer to your project first. If you are using heat transfer vinyl (HTV) you will press the solid background layer first. The same applies to any type of material you’re using like a greeting card or a papercraft design. Eg: Glue the solid layer first for papercraft.

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid SVG With Cricut

Layering The Buffalo Plaid

Then lay the Buffalo Plaid layer on top of the solid background layer, making sure all the sides and edges are aligned as best you can get them. Then press or glue or whatever else you may need to do to secure the top layer and complete your project.

How To Cut A Buffalo Plaid SVG With Cricut

YAY! You’re done and I have no doubt it looks absolutely awesome!

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Buffalo Plaid SVG

Don’t forget, you can get this Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin design from my Free craft library. Just fill in the form below.


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