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.
Last year I found an awesome little company that offer tea towel kits for your children to paint.
This was so much fun.
Making a masterpiece
As I had wanted to create a special memory with Hamish for Mothers day, this was the perfect kit to do that.
We could make something that not only symbolised the strong bond we have but also represented the fun we have throughout our day.
Paint your own tea towel kit
With the PAINT YOUR OWN TEA TOWEL KITS we set to work making my masterpiece.
I especially loved that the dish towel is a blank canvas. For me this means I was able to use my creativity and Hamish could express himself freely without worrying about painting in the lines.
The kit comes with a set of fabric paints, a mixing palette and a thick brush so chubby fingers can easily work with this.
About our design
I chose a design to represent us….
The word love because he fills my heart with pure love.
I used his foot prints ( which because he hates having his feet painted, I had to do while he was asleep) to always remember how small he is was.
On either side of a giant heart I made a print ,first of my hand and then his to show our bond.
Lastly I let him paint the heart so I would have a lasting memory of his first paintings
Paint your own mask kit
This was such a fun project that I was super excited to see Dishy designs have now brought out a PAINT YOUR OWN MASK KIT for kids to paint their own mask.
Just like the paint your own tea towel kit the paint your own kids mask kits includes everything you need to create your masterpiece.
100% cotton, triple layer mask with D15 filter
6 x non-toxic, water based fabric paint
Paint brush & palette
A wonderful way to making the wearing of masks less frightening to some children, a fun bonding experience, a great project for toddlers and preschoolers to encourage them to wear their masks and a wonderful back to school activity for children who may be feeling some anxiety about going back to school.
Recently Hamish was on Expresso Morning show with Sparkle parties showing some of the sustainable crafts this imaginative party planning company offer as part of their party service.One of those crafts was this beautiful teranium that Hamish got to keep after the show.It holds pride of place in our home on his shelf and is such an easy craft to introduce the water cycle,how plants grow and how to take care of plants to preschoolers.So, inspired by Sparkle Parties I thought I’d show you how to make an easy teranium with your little ones.
Make your own teranium
You will need:
Clean wide mouth jar and lid
Small pebbles ( relative to the size of your jar)
Colourful fish tank stones ( optional)
Small plastic figures – Hamish used a dinosaur but you can use fairies, little houses, any plastic animals or little dolls
Cuttings from a succulent plant
How to assemble your teranium
Scoop the small pebbles into the jar
Then add some activated charcoal ( Your jar should be about a quarter full now)
Now add the soil to just over the half way mark of your jar
Plant your succulent.
Add the fish tank stones if you want to add some colour to your jar
Add your decorative stones or plastic figures
Water your teranium. It is best to water with a spray bottle.
Put the lid on
How to care for your teranium
A teranium is a self watering little garden. It will need to be placed where it can get enough light energy necessary for photosynthesis.The succulent will produce glucose ( a plant food source), oxygen and water vapour. This water vapour will colect on the lid and trickle down the sides of the jar to self water your plant.Water your teranium at least once a month unless you notice that the soil is dry and needs watering sooner.