Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tutorial: Secret to Cutting Felt

For those of you who don't know, there is a better way to cut felt than pinning patterns or attempting to trace patterns using a marker.  Seriously, if you don't know this secret it will change your felt cutting life forever!  And hey, you can even use this technique for fabric.  I cut the entire alphabet both upper case and lover case letters in the time it takes to watch an episode of So You Think You Can Dance.  That included tracing too peeps.  [And if you want to know how to make the felt easel, check out that tutorial HERE].

So, what's the secret?  Freezer Paper!  I am in love with this stuff.  I keep a roll downstairs to use for Cindy's crafts and painting projects and a roll in my craft room.  Love it.

All you have to do is trace your pattern, picture, whatever you want to cut onto the paper.  You can even free hand your own pattern right on there.

Iron it onto the felt until it stays.  Iron the shiny end onto the felt, the papery feeling side should be on top.

Cut around your pattern and then peel off the freezer paper using plain scissors.

Yup seriously that easy!  Before you know it, you will be on a roll cutting like a maniac.

And now that you know the secret to cutting felt just doesn't seem all that bad anymore does it?  Put away the pins and the markers and go get some freezer paper.  Be sure to stay tuned because I have some fun felt patterns coming your way. 

57 comments:

  1. Wow. Good tip! That freezer paper is amazing.

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  2. Great idea -- can't wait to see your coming projects!

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  3. Hi! Just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial. I did some applique letters on some shirts for a baby gift and they turned out too cute! I love how this paper works on regular fabric...my new choice for projects like this!

    Molly from Mollykid Studios :O)

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  4. Thank you so much for your great felt ideas. (I'd love it if you added them to my Felt Food/Project Roundup on OneCreativeMommy.com. Thanks for linking them up at One Creative Weekend. The new party is open. Hope to see you there!

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  5. You can also put freezer paper in your printer(make sure the pattern is mirrored if necessary) then iron it on your felt and cut. It's also handy for embroidery patterns.

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  6. you can further make stencils from freezer paper, iron onto your fabric of course and then use fabric paint to paint on your design, peel away your freezer paper & heat set your paint!

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  7. WOW THANKS FOR THE TIP,i must try this :)

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  8. I've used freezer paper for years for quilting projects, but never thought of this; and I really need it! I thank you so much.

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  9. Can't wait to try it, oh my goodness.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. BRILLIANT! I ordered these gorgeous Pocket Pixies from Gingermelon on Etsy, but was struggling with the wee shoe pieces. This is perfect, thanks so much! :)

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  11. Will this work for Eco felt as well?

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    1. Yes this will work on eco felt as well :D

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  12. What did you use to cut the letters? I'd assume not scissors.

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  13. I also love freezer paper. I use it as a stencil to paint on shirts and bags. So fun! I never thought to use it on felt. Thanks for the great tip!!

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  14. love this !! thanks so much for the great idea ! www.heartandthrift.co new follower here :)

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  15. I'm curious which setting you use on your iron. Do you avoid using steam?

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  16. I use the highest setting without steam because I don't want the paper to get wet.

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  17. Question: What side of the freezer paper faces the fabric?

    Thanks!

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    1. You iron on the side that feels shiny and the papery feeling side should be on top.

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    2. That's what I thought. Thanks so much! Can't wait to try it :o)

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    3. You put the shiny side against the felt and the matte side is facing upwards.

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  18. WHAT is freezer paper? Never heard of it or seen it!

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    1. Freezer paper is similar to wax paper and parchment except it is used to keep meats freezer safe. The paper difference is that the bottom side has this plastic coat that melts onto fabric and the top side is paper. You can find it at any grocery store.

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  19. to sew with felt do you need a special kind? or can i use the sheets they sell at walmart?

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    1. a special kind of felt...

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    2. No regular felt will work just fine. If you are looking for a better quality I would go with the wool felt.

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  20. Wish you could buy freezer paper in the uk :(

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    1. Amazon.co.uk sell it in sheets or on a roll.

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  21. So smart! I'm so glad I clicked through the pin to read the post!

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  22. Clearly that's what I call a delightful blog article! Do you run this domain for your private goals exclusively or you actually have it profit wise?

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  23. Thanks a lot for the great tip! I will try this out tonight!!!1

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  24. Great, great, great!

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  25. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing! I am a new follower and would appreciate it if you would check out my blog and do the same at ACreativeJourneywithMelissa dot blogspot.com. Thank you so much!

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  26. I learned something like this when I was using wonder under to adhear to felt to fabric/other felt (of course I learned it backwards by cutting a template, tracing it on my felt, cutting my felt, ironing it to the wonder under and the realizing I could have saved half the steps by starting with the wonder under!!!!). Great tip, I'll use it next time I don't need the wonder under on the back :)

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  27. Just to verify about the freezer paper: The shiny side which is what appears to have a plastic coating is what goes next to the felt. Is that correct? Wouldn't you have a mess on your iron if your iron touched the shiny side?

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    1. Yes that is correct. It rarely happens that I get the shiny side on my iron and it wipes off pretty easily.

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  28. Another great thing about this trick is that you can iron the patterns onto the felt a few times. So if you are making quanities you only have to make one pattern. I love this idea!!!!!!!

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  29. The directions above said to iron on the shiny side. What is it? the directions in the comments contradict what was written at the top.

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    1. Paper feeling side on top, iron the shiny side onto the felt.

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  30. I use iron-on vlies, which also makes the felt letters sturdy!

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  31. we don't have freezer paper in the Philippines:(
    but it is a developing country, who knows in the next 10years we might get lucky:)

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  32. Thanks so have projects i want to do. Really dreaded cutting them out.

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  33. Would it work with parchment paper? That's all I have right now :(

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    1. Nope. It has to have the shiny silicon backing which parchment doesn't have

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  34. thank you for the tip!!!!!!!!!! i hope i can find that freezer paper here!!!

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  35. Thank you soooooo much for this tip!!!! I loved it so much I even blogged about it! http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2013/10/the-secret-to-cutting-felt-making-felt.html

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  36. This works perfectly! Thank you for the tip - you saved me a lot of time and frustration!

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  37. Ok, so I read through a bunch of comments, but nobody has asked yet: can the parchment be used more than once?

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    1. Yes :D it isn't as sticky the second time around but I have done it before.

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    2. That was my guess, thank you! Where did you get the idea to use freezer paper? It's genius! :D

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  38. Can you use wax paper instead of freezer paper?

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    1. I have never tried so not sure. I don't think so because wax paper has wax on both sides it could ruin your iron.

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  39. Thanks so much! What a great idea! I just used your method to cut out 78 fish for a quiet book page swap. http://www.goer.org/sarah/2014/04/05/quiet-book-fish-pages/

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