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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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  1. Are you able to use the felt with adhesive?

  2. I was thinking that if you used an iron on adhesive, such as wonder-under, then you could just iron the felt to the sweatshirt.

  3. Does the freezer paper come off the back? I have a felt project but I need it to be the same on both sides and freezer paper free. thanks!

  4. What do you mean by double - double cut? Send it thru the machine twice? Thanks!

  5. I checked,double checked and triple checked all of my settings and it didn't even try to cut.

  6. I got it!! I went all the way back to step one...the only thing I did different was I changed my blade to 9 and it cut great.

  7. Do you iron the freezer paper shiny side on the fleet or dull side on the felt?

  8. I have tried a couple times with the settings you mentioned above & then even with my deep cut blade (i have a curio) set to maximum & it barely cut at all. it kept pulling off of the freezer paper during cutting. I tried different lengths of time ironing on the paper but still no go. any suggestions?

    1. you can also double the freezer paper if you need to - but you might try a fusible - I have a felt project that I am working on and I will share later when it is done

  9. This was a complete fail. The first time, the felt came off the freezer paper, it all bunched up, and my mat was cut. :( The second time, the felt was barely cut at all.

  10. I'm sorry, but how does the freezer paper stick to the felt when you iron it on? Is there some type of adhesive?

  11. Anyone else have problems with the felt just bunching and not cutting?


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