Preview: Find out how you can easily and precisely cut out felt for your felt crafts projects
How many times you tried to cut out felt and it didn’t turned out the way you wanted to?
Have you ever wonder how to cut perfect felt shapes for your felt crafts?
Is there an easy way even for those teeny tiny pieces ?
Yes, there is a way how to cut felt perfectly and it is so simple that you may think how could you not know about it.
I have been struggle with this for a long time in the beginning. I would print out pattern, cut it and transfer to a felt with erasable pen. That process worked fine, but it was time-consuming, which was kinda frustrating. Eventually I stopped using patterns for my quiet books – I would just take scissors, piece of felt and cut it from my head. Sometimes it required lots of ‘fixing’ or ’starting over’.
Doing it for a yeas now, I still cut objects for my quiet books without pattern, I only use patterns for a complex objects and activities.
Related: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Free Felt Board. Printable Pattern
However, I still do lots of sewing DIY projects for my kids when I will use pattern and that is why this secret of cutting felt was huge game changer for me:
For perfectly cut felt you will need Freezer Paper which is an amazing product. And beside felt you can also use Freezer paper for cutting appliqués on other fabric.
Please note: Freezer Paper is not the same as baking or wax paper. Freezing paper has on shiny side (plastic coated), and one dull. Dull is the one you want to trace or print your pattern, and shiny coated is the on that will melt and stick to felt or fabric under the heat of iron.
1. Cut freeze paper in a sheet size 8×11 inches and place it in a printer. Dull side is the one you want your print. Insert paper in your printer the same way you would insert regular paper and print your pattern.
TIP: You also may trace the pattern with pen on a dull side if you don’t have a printer or if you are making patterns on your own.
2. Cut pattern shapes roughly around the line.
3. Place pattern on a felt (or a fabric) – shiny side down – and iron it (medium hot).
TIP: Don’t use the hottest setting as it can melt felt and it may stick to your iron. I suggest putting thin cotton fabric over the whole piece of felt and you will avoid any potential issues with this.
4. Cut along pattern lines
5. Peal of freezer paper.
TIP: You can use same freeze paper shape few time in row as it wont lose it’s stickies right away.
Related: Ultimate Quiet Book Guide with ideas and templates for sewing pages.
This simple strategy improved my felt crafts and I am happy to share it with you now. Hope you will enjoy in your further DIY projects and have perfectly cut felt, even for those teeny tiny pieces.
I would love to hear in what projects you struggled the most that this simple technique improved your work.