Fix-It Friday: How To Cut Felt Shapes For Any Craft Project
Welcome to Craftsy workshop designer and guest blogger Abby Glassenberg, who designed the Humpty Dumpty Doll Workshop. Abby has been designing and creating unique stuffed animals for several years. You can find her patterns in her Craftsy Pattern Store and on her blog, While She Naps.
I love to craft with wool-blend felt. It comes in such a rich array colors and is perfect for all sorts of crafting and sewing projects. I use felt shapes for applique, to create eyes and noses for dolls and stuffed animals, and to make felt boards and toys for my children.
If you’ve ever tried to cut detailed felt shapes, such as circles or flowers or letters, you know that it can be tricky to cut a perfectly formed shape. Cutting identical shapes freehand is nearly impossible. If you trace the shape with a marker, bits of the marker line may show after the shape has been cut out.
Even if you trace the shape using a water-soluble fabric marker or chalk, it can still be difficult to cut exactly along the traced outline. And when you dampen the felt to make the fabric marker outline disappear, or rub off the chalk outline with your finger, the felt fibers can become fuzzy making your shape less crisp.
I have a great tip that I use to cut detailed shapes from felt quickly and accurately. I’m going to make a garland of felt leaves to demonstrate the process. (Note that to use this method you’ll need some freezer paper. Freezer paper is readily available in the US at the grocery store near the aluminum foil.)
Use a pencil to draw your shape onto the matte side of a piece of freezer paper. For my garland I traced a fall leaf. Cut the freezer paper roughly around the shape.
Press the freezer paper shiny side down onto a piece of felt using a warm iron. The shiny side of the freezer paper will temporarily adhere to the felt.
Now cut out the pattern pieces along the lines you drew. Use a pair of scissors that you don’t mind cutting paper with, but are still sharp enough for cutting fabric.
Pull off the freezer paper and you’ll have a highly accurate felt cut-out!
To complete the leaf garland I traced a few more leaves onto freezer paper, cut them from fall colored felt, and strung them onto some twine.
I use this cutting method to create eyes for softies, petals for felt flowers, and felt shapes for applique. It’s quick and easy and makes cutting felt a pleasure!