Cricut Cuttlebug Machine Review

Note: Sadly Cricut has discontinued the Cuttlebug. Two high-quality alternatives are the Sizzix Big Shot and the very portable AccuQuilt Go! Me.

If you are looking for a machine specifically for cutting fabric and felt check out my article Best Die Cutting Machine for Fabric and Felt.

Let’s start off by saying that users absolutely love their Cricut Cuttlebug machine, and so will you. The Cricut Cuttlebug machine is an embossing and die cut machine by Cricut. There are two versions out there, but I will be focusing on the newer V2 model in this review. The original version and V2 version work exactly the same. They use exactly the same plates, folders, and dies. The only differences are to the outside body design.

Cricut Cuttlebug Review

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The Cricut Cuttlebug is quite cleverly constructed. The sides of the machine are able to fold up and be tucked away. When the sides are folded down for use, a suction underneath the machine is activated and the machine sticks to the table. This suction keeps the machine from moving around when running materials through the machine.

What’s also great for saving space is that the handle tucks away as well. Sometimes crafters need all the space they can get, so this design is a big help. It even comes with a carrying handle. The machine only weighs 7lbs, which means you can carry and use it anywhere. The dimensions of the machine are 14.4 inches long, 7.2 inches wide, and 12 inches high.

Using Your Cuttlebug

The Cuttlebug (Basic package) comes with the following:

  • 1 A Spacer
  • 2 B Cutting Plate
  • Instruction booklet
  • Bonus: 1 5×7 embossing folder

To use your Cuttlebug, use the spacer and cutting pads to create a sandwich with your embossing folder or die. This sandwich is then rolled through the machine by cranking the handle, where the material comes out embossed or cut. Cutting and embossing are quick and easy. It’s also safe for kids to use.

Materials can be added to either side of the machine, so it all works the same whether you are left or right handed. Like all die cut machines, the dies cut into the cutting plates. Over time, these plates will become scratched and warped. It’s best to designate one plate to be your “cutting plate”, and keep the other plate on the bottom. When the cutting plate starts to become warped, flip it over to use the other side.

Now, there is a Cuttlebug C plate. The C plate is sold separately and does not come with the machine. It did come with the original version of the machine, but it does not come in the V2 version. Some people don’t understand why Provo Craft decided to no longer include the C plate.

Well, the C plate is only needed if you are using dies from other manufacturers, such as Sizzix or Spellbinders. If you plan on using dies from other manufacturers, then you may need the C plate. It’s good to know that the Cricut Cuttlebug machine is compatible with most leading brands of dies and embossing folders.

Check out our Cuttlebug Sandwich Guide on how to use the Cuttlebug with other dies and folders.

Here’s a video of embossing without the C plate and using the C plate to cut a Spellbinder die:

As you can see from the demo in the video, the embossing comes out surprisingly crisp, and it cuts smoothly.

The opening of the Cuttlbug is 6 inches. This means you will not be able to use any dies or folders larger than this. If you are embossing, the A2 and 5×7 embossing folders are compatible.

What can the Cuttlebug cut?

The Cuttlebug can cut a variety of materials including:

  • Cardstock
  • Thin metal
  • Thin Wood
  • Some fabrics
  • Thin Felt
  • Poster board
  • Chipboard
  • Tissue Paper
  • Fun foam

Be aware, that the height of your cutting materials should not exceed 1/8″. Forcing materials through the machine could get them stuck.

Maintenance and Warranty

This Cuttlebug is very easy to maintain and requires nothing besides keeping it clean. If you treat the machine nicely and don’t force anything through the opening, it should last a long time.

The machine comes with a 1-year warranty.

Overall Review

Overall, the Cuttlebug is a decent machine, portable, and its price makes it appealing. However, if you are looking for something slightly more expensive, durable, and versatile, consider our Sizzix Big Shot review, and compare the two machines.

One of the cheapest places to buy the Cuttlebug is from Amazon.

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Do you own a Cuttlebug? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment!

24 thoughts on “Cricut Cuttlebug Machine Review”

  1. Love being able to die cut, but the cuttlebug doesn’t play nicely with some of the more intricate dies that I own. Biggest complaint is that after one or two cuts the small green handle falls off and has to be screwed back on with a small tool. Grrrrr!

  2. My Cuttlebug was a gift from daughter about 1 1/2 years ago. I have used it perhaps 10 times. The handle no longer pulls the plates thru. There is a gear or something missing! It obviously came loose or broke. I am very disappointed in how well it has held up. I have followed the directions and only ran paper thru versus fabric or some other material so it should not have caused undue pressure on the process.

    What do you suggest? I miss it.

    • Hi Barbara, sorry about your experience. Is the Cuttlebug machine still under warranty? You could possibly get a replacement from the company.

  3. I need to know if the bits that cut through the dies on the cuttlebug get blunt over time as mine isn’t cutting very well anymore?

    • I find in the finer cut dies particularly, that it helps to put an unused dryer sheet over the die and run it through the Cuttlebug a few times. Seems to make it much easier to get a good cut and get the piece out of the die.

  4. I am new to these cutting machines, I purchased scrapbook material from someone and there where many cuttlerbug extras but no machine. When sellers call their machine, cuttlerbug and/or cuttlerbug embosser & cutter is that machine one and the same?

  5. Is it possible to create custom embossing plates, for a name perhaps? If possible, how does that work?

  6. How can I use Tom Holtz Sizzix Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Owl and Crescent Moon (658725) in my Cutllebug?

  7. I have been making hundreds of greeting cards for over 20 years I have one of the original Cuttlebug Machines and use it almost daily. I use every kind of die on the market. I had one die that I was really having a hard time with it not cutting clean. My husband being an engineer told me I needed to put it in the machine straight up and down and have never had another problem. I still have and use some of the original Cutttelbug dies and they still work perfect.

    • Awesome Dee! Glad to hear your original Cuttlebug machine has been holding up for such a long time!

  8. I have just received one as an xmas gift. So far it is useless! I’ve followed the very sparse instructions, I’ve looked on youtube but nothing works. What a waste of money!

    • Hi Jude, sorry about your experience so far. What are you trying to do exactly and what isn’t working?

  9. Can the Cricut Maker do what the Cuttlebug does?
    I’m a newbie andI just ordered the Cricut Maker and came across your site and now see there is a Cuttlebug for embossing.
    How is the Cuttlebug different than the Cricut Maker?
    Thank you

    • Hi Stephanie, good choice on the Maker! The Cricut Maker and Cuttlebug machines are very different. The Cuttlebug is a manual die cut machine that can emboss using embossing folders. Dies and folders must be purchased separately for each design that you want to make. This means you won’t be able to make custom designs like you would with your Maker. The Maker also has a larger cutting area and can cut vinyl, something you can’t do with the Cuttlbug. The Maker can cut a whole lot more material too like balsawood and is a much better machine. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Pam, the Cuttle bug can cut vinyl, but it’s not ideal since it won’t be able to “kiss cut”. This means you’ll need to remove the backing yourself. You will also be limited to designs based on the dies you buy, unlike the Cricut Explore where you can make any design you want.

  10. Hi I just wanted to know whether I can use the cricut cuttlebug machine to make 4”x4” gift boxes

  11. What are the Cuttlebug generations? What’s the most current model? What’s the difference between blue, rose, and green?

  12. Now that cuttlebug is discontinued, what can we use for B plates to cut? I’m trying to save the B plates that came with the box for embossing. I can’t seem to find replacement parts. Do you know of other brand plates that would work?

  13. My cuttlebug is not working.The turning handle does not seem to be making a connection with the roller.Can you help me please?

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