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How to Cut Felt with Silhouette

Felt, cut, Silhouette, Silhouette tutorialCutting felt with Silhouette isn't the easiest material to cut, but it can be done.  There are several tutorials out there on cutting felt all of them with a few different tips or tricks for successful cutting.  Today I'm going to share the way I cut felt with what I would consider pretty good success.

I was making an DIY Olaf costume for a friend using a white hoodie.  I needed to add some felt details for Olaf's buttons, eyes and eye brows.   The first thing I did was create the design in Silhouette Studio by simply tracing an Olaf printable I found through an online search.

To import the jpeg image into Silhouette Studio, I simply drag and dropped.  Then I used the trace tool to trace the design.  For a full tutorial on cutting jpegs with Silhouette check out this step by step tutorial.

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The felt we used was sheets purchased from the craft store. This was not adhesive backed felt, just plain ol' felt rectangles.

To prepare the felt, I ironed a piece of freezer paper onto the back of each piece. This makes the felt a little more stiff and easier to cut.

I put a brand new fabric blade into my Silhouette. Did you know the regular cutting blade and the fabric blade are actually the same with the exception of the color? The blue fabric blade just lets you distinguish it as such so you only cut fabric with it and other materials with the black blade.

In Studio, I added a custom cut setting for felt so I wouldn't forget what cut settings worked for future felt projects.  Blade: 10, Thickness: 33, Speed 2, Double Cut.  You  may actually want to double double cut...but more on that in a minute.

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Put the felt onto the cutting mat, with the freezer paper side down and then send your design to cut. 

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The pieces lifted right out...even the really thin eyebrows.   However on one of the pieces, there were a few areas of the felt that didn't get fully cut through with just a few fibers still attached. They were minor, as you can see here and had to be snipped with scissors, but it's why I'm suggesting a double double cut.

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Each piece of felt was attached to the sweatshirt with hot glue.

And here's how it all came together. Could Olaf be any cuter?

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