Cutting Felt with Cricut; Tips and Tricks
I am felt obsessed! I love working with it. It is easy to sew with and even easier to use for no sew projects. The only part of felt that has driven me bonkers in the past is cutting felt. I don’t love taking scissors and cutting felt. It is hard to get right and make it look nice when you are cutting by hand. So this post will talk about felt cutting tools and how to cut felt the easy way! I have LOTS of tips and tricks for how to cut felt and spoiler alert, it involves your Cricut! Here are my tips and tricks for cutting felt with Cricut.
Cutting Felt with Cricut; Tips and Tricks
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Can cricut cut felt? Will Cricut cut felt?
YES! You can cut felt with the Cricut Explore and the Cricut Maker. There are more options for cutting felt with your Maker but you can most definitely cut felt on most of your Cricut machines. The Cricut Maker is my go to felt cutting machine. Check out THESE felt bookmarks cut with the Cricut Maker.
How to cut felt on Cricut Explore?
To cut felt on the Cricut Explore (or even the Silhouette) you will have to bond the fabric. This means you will have to get some sort of fusible interfacing and attach it to the felt before you place it on the cutting mat.
This Heat N Bond is my go to for bonding felt. Use your Cricut EasyPress to bond the Heat N Bond to the felt. If you are using craft felt (that is thin and pliable) a bonded fabric blade will be plenty. If you are using a thicker felt you may need to use the deep cut blade.
Freezer paper method:
If you don’t want to use Heat N Bond to adhere the felt to something after it has been cut you can use the freezer paper method.
I use THIS freezer paper. There is a shiny side of the freezer paper. This needs to go face down on the felt. Then using an iron press the paper to the felt. This will give the fabric some stability but it is also removable.
Then place the freezer paper side down onto your mat. This will keep your mat clean and you can use a green mat instead of a fabric mat.
How to cut felt with Cricut Maker?
The Cricut Maker is my favorite felt cutting tool. You can cut felt without it being bonded. When you go to cut the felt in the Maker it will default to a deep cut blade. You can change it to a rotary blade (which I almost always do) by clicking switch blades underneath the image of the blade.
**Note- If you have already loaded your mat it will quickly skip over this step so you will have to click Step 2 and then click underneath the blade to change it.
Felt Cutting Tips
*Use your pink fabric mat if you plan to cut the felt directly on the mat. I recommend that you have one specifically for felt. I only cut directly on the mat when I am using a thicker felt (like this bundle from Target.)
*If you are cutting a thicker felt like that shown and mentioned above you may have to switch the pressure to “more.” To do that you will change the pressure under step 1. Click the arrow next to the word default and then scroll down to “more.” This should not be necessary for thinner craft felt.
*For thick felt I also recommend using the brayer to make sure that the felt is firmly attached to the mat. This will keep the felt from moving as the blade cuts. If the felt still moves too much it is probably time for a new mat.
*Before cutting, place transfer tape or contact paper, sticky side up, on the mat first. Then place the felt on top of the sticky side of transfer tape. This will help to keep your cutting mat clean and it will make it much easier to remove the felt from the cutting mat. You can use the blue, pink, or green mat if you are using a barrier.
*Don’t cut anything too intricate. The felt fibers are just not woven tightly enough to stand up to intricate cuts. Larger less detailed cuts will always do better. Be honest with yourself, if you cut an intricate design by hand from felt would it stand up, probably not!
*Use a spatula tool to remove the felt and transfer paper. I prefer to get the paper off with the felt rather than trying to scrape the paper off after the felt has been removed. The blade will cut through both the felt and the transfer paper.
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