How to Cut Felt Patterns
Learn how to cut felt and felt patterns in different ways for the perfect finished project.
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Felt is a go-to fabric for sewists around the world. Soft, lightweight, and available in many brilliant colors, felt is perfect for applique accents and inexpensive fabric crafts. Whatever you’re using felt for, it’s important to know how to cut it!
Learn how to cut pristine felt patterns in minutes with this comprehensive tutorial. In this guide on How to Cut Felt Patterns, you’ll find everything you need to make felt patterns look both polished and professional. By the end, you’ll know what die cutting is, how to use freezer paper, and other neat tricks for cutting out an immaculate felt piece.
First, this guide goes over what tools you need to cut felt properly. Then we will explain how to cut felt using the most common technique, scissors. Felt is easy to work with but also easy to miscut, shape, and sew improperly. That's why resources like this will help you create the perfect piece the first time.
Are you a felt fanatic? Try out your new felt-cutting skill with this neat list of Fun with Felt: 25 Felt Sewing Projects
Felt Cutting Tools
Before you embark on your felt-cutting adventures, it’s important to discuss felt cutting tools. There are two primary tools used for cutting felt:
Though there are several tools you can use to cut felt, most sewists opt to use scissors or fabric shears to do the job. Before you begin any sewing project, make sure that the scissors you are using to cut fabric are sharp. Though you don’t always need specific tools to cut felt, it is important that whatever blade you do use is sharp enough to cleanly snip through the fabric. This way, you won’t get any jagged lines on your pattern. Also, when you cut, it’s important that you don’t try to glide your scissors through the felt. This won’t work and will probably wear the edges of your felt pattern. Instead, try cutting in a measured and slow rhythm. This will ensure that you don’t make messy or imprecise cut-outs.
Die Cutting Machine
A die cutting machine uses sharp template designs, called dies, and a roller to cut out patterns in materials. The material is fed between the rollers and dies, usually with a hand crank, and the dies cut through the material like cookie cutters. Crafter and writer Esme Clemo notes in her WomansWeekly.com article “How To: Use a Die Cutting Machine to make impressive projects” that these machines usually work on a wide variety of materials, including felt, paper, and foam. Many even have adjustable dials to allow different distances between rollers. Die cutting machines are a good method for mass-producing felt shapes.
Cutting Felt Patterns with Scissors
If you've decided to use scissors to cut out your felt patterns, there are several methods you can use to get the perfect pattern:applique, apply the felt back-side-down for further protection against unwanted lines.
- Freezer Paper
Felt Cutting Projects to Try
Now that you have learned how to cut felt patterns like a pro, here are some felt cutting patterns that will put your knowledge to the test!
Not only are these felt hand warmers positively precious, but they're also reusable! Keep a heart in your pocket for a cozy warmth you'll feel all winter long.
Sleek, sophisticated, and simple, this Monogrammed DIY Glasses Case is the perfect gift for the glasses enthusiast in your life. The best part? The felt is soft enough that it won't scratch your lenses!
Your kids will jump for joy when they wear this DIY Tigger Tail for Halloween. Striped, soft, and lightweight, this darling dress-up tail will put a bounce in your step throughout all of your trick-or-treating.
You'll want to give your little ones a giant bear hug when they're wearing this darling design. With just a simple applique attachment, your kids will have the snuggliest sweatshirt you can sew!
Nothing will get your sewing room more summer-ready than this ripe Summer Strawberry Pincushion Pattern. The vibrant red of the pattern will make sure you'll never misplace this sweet piece!
You'll be the greatest mom in the galaxy after sewing a set of these Star Wars Inspired Homemade Dolls! Huggable and soft, these toys will be ideal anywhere from the playroom to the bedroom.
If you adore a vintage aesthetic, then this tutorial is the perfect thing for you! Give your hat collection a 1920s twist with this simple 1920s Cloche Hat Pattern.
Felt projects are ideal for kids because it is a material that is super easy to work with and cheap to purchase. They are not only fun felt projects but they are easy sewing projects.
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