How to Cut Out Felt Shapes

How to Cut Out Felt Shapes

Sewing with wool felt with is such a joy! But how do you precisely cut out felt shapes, especially when the templates are really small? Today I’m sharing my favourite tips.

Cutting Felt

The best way to ensure you have a beautiful felt creation, is to start with 100% merino wool felt. If you’d like to read more about this beautiful material, head over to my Tips for Working With Wool Felt.

To give your project a really professional finish, precision and accuracy when cutting is key. Use small, sharp scissors with a short blade and pointed tip, to get a neat finish and those wonderfully crisp edges.

Transferring Designs

When cutting shapes from a pattern, there are several methods you can use. Traditionally, we print or trace out paper templates. This won’t necessarily give you the best finish, but there’s some special tricks for ensuring that even this simple method has accurate results.

The Paper Template Method

  • If you can avoid it, don’t cut out the paper template on the line before you start. Leave a small border around the template edge.
  • Pin the paper template to your felt using small pins with flat heads.
  • If the template is too small for pins, secure it in place with some low-adhesive sticky or cello tape.
  • Cut out your shape on the drawn line, using small scissors with sharp blades. Then remove the pins or peel off the sticky tape.
  • If you need to cut more than one shape from the same template, use the piece of felt you just cut as a template, rather than reusing the paper template. You’re more likely to get more uniform shapes that way.
  • Don’t forget to save and label your templates for reuse, if you can.

This image shows a paper template pinned to felt. It’s from the Easy Felt Bunny Tutorial.

The Freezer Paper Method

The Freezer Paper method is my preferred technique for accurately cutting shaped felt pieces. You can purchase freezer paper on a roll or in sheets. It’s a terrific product!

  • Copy or trace your template onto the paper side of the freezer paper.
  • Roughly cut around each template piece and lay it on the felt.
  • Using a warm iron, run it over the paper side of the template. The heat will help the plastic underside of the freezer paper to adhere to your felt. Please note that this method is best suited to wool felt. Test a small area of your felt with the iron and paper before commencing. Please be sure to cover your felt with a press cloth (or scrap piece of cotton fabric) so as not to damage the felt (especially if it is not 100% wool).
  • Cut out the template pieces on the drawn line and then simply peel the paper away. It comes away easily and leaves no residue.
  • Keep the freezer paper templates as these can be reused a number of times. So be sure to label and store them well after use.

The freezer paper pictured above is for my Cinnamon Kitty tutorial. She’s a fun and sweet project to sew!

Other Methods for Accuracy

If you need lots of felt shapes cut accurately in exactly the same size, don’t forget that some stores stock pre-cut felt shapes. There are also machines that make quick work of cutting using shape dies.

The Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine cuts shapes quickly and accurately

And finally computerised cutting machines can cut out your own shapes in any shade of felt you own.

Felt hearts cut with a Brother Scan’n’Cut machine

There’s lots of options.

Just remember that accuracy is the key to great results.

Here’s some felt projects you might enjoy;

Coco Flower Crown

Bitty Bunnies

Make Glitter Felt Donuts

Sew Felt Flower Coasters

You might also mike my tutorial on Embroidering Details onto Felt.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.com.au

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