I absolutely love working with felt and have always enjoyed sewing little soft toys for the kids but don’t really enjoy the hours of cutting small pieces that often follows a felt project, so I was elated when I heard that my Cricut maker could in fact cut my felt pieces for me.
Felt has to be, for me, one of the easiest and most versatile materials to work with. It is a go to for no-sew crafts and whilst most craft stores will sell you felt squares in approximately A4 size, you can also buy it by the meter from a haberdashery.
For most of my projects, I use felt squares which are available from any craft store.
Tools for the job
If you are new to working with felt on your Cricut maker you will want to ensure that you have the following tools for a successful project.
You will need:
Mats – The pink mat has a strong bond and is used for material. You can also use the green mat for felt. The purple mats can be used for heavy-duty materials.
Wavy blade – The wavy blade adds a curved edge to felt and materials. Great to use if you are wanting to make flowers. The wavy blade is only compatible with the Cricut Maker.
Bonded fabric blade – The bonded fabric blade is used for cutting craft felt or thinner materials that are thin and pliable.
Deep cut blade – A deep cut blade is used for cutting thicker felt or material.
Rotary blade – The rotary blade cuts most fabric quickly and accurately
Spatula – I use a spatula to help lift the material from the mat.
Brayer – A brayer is used to help your fabrics lie flat on the mat.
Fusible interfacing – this is used to bond the fabric before cutting.
After you have decided on your project and plotted it on the Design Space App you will need to first use fusible interfacing to attach it to the felt before you start cutting.
(Although you can cut felt without bonding it your Cricut maker will default to a deep cut blade. You can change it to a rotary blade by clicking underneath the blade image. )
To get started cutting load your felt onto a pink cutting mat and smooth over with the Breyer. If you are using a bonding paper you could also use a green or blue mat.
I automatically change the cutting pressure to ” more” to ensure a deeper cut, however, for thin felt this is not necessary.
It’s important to remember that felt fibers are not woven tight enough to cut anything too intricate, so choose more simple designs when choosing a project with felt.
Your blade will cut through both the interfacing and the felt. Once the design has been cut you will want to use your spatula to remove the felt and interfacing from the mat.
With Halloween just around the corner, I asked Hamish today what he wanted to go dressed as and he answered that he really wanted a Ghost t-shirt and so with the helping hand of my trusty Cricut maker I whipped him up this cute ghost face shirt in a few minutes.
Doesn’t he look boo- tiful?
How to make your own
You will need:
Plain white t-shirt
Scissors or a Cricut machine
( You can see my guide on how to cut felt on a Cricut maker here)
On the Cricut
Choose a design from the Design Space App. ( I used the premade design Pumpkin Body Suit which uses the image Scared Pumpkin Face. These images are approximately 8.25cm x 12.7cm so depending on your shirt size, you may want to enlarge your design before cutting.)
Load the pink mat with your felt. Add more pressure before cutting and follow the prompts on your machine to cut the design.
Trace or draw pattern pieces onto paper, you could draw these free hand. Pin to your felt and cut out 2 eyes, a triangular nose, and a mouth.
Once you have your pattern pieces cut out, use your fabric glue to glue into place.
Leave for an hour before allowing your child to wear.
There are very few crafters who are unfamiliar with Cricut and the amazing creations you can produce from these wonder machines, so when I recieved an email a few months back inviting me to be an ambassador I was overjoyed and have counted down the hours until my fabulous Cricut maker machine would arrive.
It is my absolute pleasure to embrace the fun and creativity that the Cricut brand represent and showcase the wonderful projects that I’m able to make with my Cricut machine.
I hope you’ll follow my crafting adventures as I learn this machine and discover the wealth of creative possibilities.
I honestly can’t wait to dive in and start decorating my home, making gifts and producing fun items for Hamish.
Cricut is an American brand of stylish and easy to use computer controlled cutting machines specifically designed for home crafters.
The Cricut machines are able to cut materials like :-
As you can see these amazing machines are invaluable to crafters and offer a wide range of versatility in one machine.
There are a variety of sizes and models of Cricut machines and these cut different sizes and offer slightly different features. There is even a model designed to cut cake fondant.
Cricut also have an extensive range of accessories like tools and blades as well as materials like vinyls, pens and transfer papers. Each item designed to add a professional finish to your creative project.
I’ll be sharing my projects and more information on the Cricut brand on my blog and social platforms so follow along.
Let me know if you have a Cricut machine or if it’s on your wish list and if you have any projects you’d like me to blog about using it.