Why would you need to use Attach in Cricut Design Space? Here’s everything you need to know about the Attach tool, as well as sample images to show the results of attaching shapes and images together.
This is the second post in a series talking about the five tools in the layers panel of Cricut Design Space: Weld, Attach, Slice, Flatten, and Contour. Last week we talked about Weld, and today I’m going to go into detail about the Attach tool.
From most of the Cricut support threads I read, the Attach tool is the one tool that people need to know—but often don’t know how to use. Let’s fix that!
Using Attach in Cricut Design Space
There are two main reasons you might want to use the Attach tool.
- Keeping your shapes in the same arrangement on your mat as on your canvas
- Keeping writing/scoring lines in the correct place
Let’s look at an example of each of these.
Using Attach to Keep the Same Arrangement
Here is an SVG I designed for St. Patrick’s Day. I’m about to send off my 23 & Me DNA kit and I’m sure it’ll come back with some Irish lineage. But should it not, this SVG is still perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s say we want to cut this out in three colors of iron-on vinyl.
If I import the file and just click “make it” as is, Cricut Design Space will use its algorithm to conserve as much material as possible. But it’s not great if you want to, you know, have actual words on your shirt. You could technically cut out all of these letters and place them yourself, but who has time for that?
No, you really want all of the pieces of your project to stay in the same location relative to your cut file, the same way it is on your Cricut Design Space canvas.
To attach everything together properly, select all of the items of each color and click “Attach” in the lower right. Do this for each color layer. You’ll know the pieces are attached because they will be nested under a label that says “Attach” in the layers panel.
Now, when you go to cut it out, all of your words will be in the correct position for you to iron-on to a shirt or tote bag!
Now you’re ready to iron on each of your layers, made easy because of the Attach tool!
Attaching Writing and Score Lines
One other primary use for the Attach tool is to attach writing and score lines to your project in the correct place on the correct layer. Here’s an example.
Let’s make this cute bacon tag — both of these images are found in Cricut Access. The pig is actually a writing layer and will be drawn with the Cricut’s pen tool.
If you cut this file as is, it will put the pig image on its own white layer — and not on the blue paper where you actually want it.
So instead, attach the pig and the tag. When you go to make it, you will see that they are both on a single layer, and the pig will be drawn on the blue tag.
In whatever situation, the Attach tool is key to getting your projects to cut out exactly how you have them arranged in your Cricut canvas. If all else fails, try the Attach tool!
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