I love Buffalo Plaid! I have fond memories of my Dad always wearing Buffalo Plaid shirts when he wasn’t at work.
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).
I default to Cricut, because I have a Cricut Maker and I absolutely love that machine. So 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 in this tutorial has a solid orange background, with a black plaid overlay (I’ll cover other Buffalo Plaid cut files in another tutorial.) It is a layered file. You can see all my Buffalo Plaid designs 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 see different Buffalo Plaid designs in the Related Products section at the bottom of the tutorial) Right, here’s what you need:
Buffalo Plaid Is Layered
As I mentioned above, Buffalo Plaid is a layered design, in which the plaid pattern is overlayed on a solid background. So you have two layers as shown below:
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 in Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio.
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 ungrouped in the layers panel on the right hand side. Just click make and you’re on your way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YAY! You’re done and I have no doubt it looks absolutely awesome!
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