Cutting out felt the easy way…using Freezer Paper

Cutting out felt the easy way…using Freezer Paper

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Felt is fabulous to work with, it comes in such a great range of colours and ranges from the 100% acrylic to 100% wool. Lovely, just lovely

One of the great things about felt is that there are no frayed edges which makes it very easy to handle. The one problem you can have however is cutting neat and tidy pieces, especially when you are cutting smaller pattern pieces where you don’t want to lose any definition.

One great way of getting a really accurate pattern pieces is using Reynolds Freezer Paper. It’s paper-like on one side and glossy/’plasticy’ on the other. It’s the glossy side that does the magic, when it is heated gently the ‘glossyness’ melts making it act like a temporary glue.

So here I have written down a quick tutorial on how to cut out felt shapes using Freezer Paper….you will be cutting out fabulously neat felt shapes in no time!

Cutting out felt using freezer paper

Step1: Trace the reverse (flip side) of your pattern pieces onto the paper side (rather than the ‘plastic’ side) of a piece of freezer paper and trim away some of the excess

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Step 2: Iron the freezer paper onto the wrong side of your felt using a temperature setting appropriate for your type of felt

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Step 3: Using a sharp pair of scissors cut around the pattern

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Step 4: Peel off the freezer paper, turn your felt over, et voila! you have a lovely accurate piece of felt ready for use

Felt shape ready to use

Lovely, simple and works like a dream! Perfect pieces of felt every time (unless you are a bit rubbish at cutting out of course!)

Comments (8)

  • Great idea. I am going to use that technique to cut out my puppets. Thank you.

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    • Would you believe I’m sitting here in Cape Town we don’t have freezer paper(I don’t think) so as I have a friend visiting at the end of the month from UK and I’ve asked her to bring me a roll…… love your news letter and would you believe am making felt Christmas tree decorations in my spare time ( whilst watching the cricket) plus other felt related toys.
      Gillian

      Gillian Cubey
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      • Lovely to hear from you Gillian and I’m glad you like the newsletter 🙂 Freezer paper isn’t that easy to get in UK (well not in comparison to the USA where you can buy it at the butchers!). I get mine either from Hobby Craft or via Amazon.

        I was working on a Christmas project but ran out of time to get it done. I am seriously considering finishing it some time soon as I’m likely to put it off till next Christmas or I’ll forget about it completely.

        LittleBlackDuck
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  • I was just searching the web for freezer paper, as I wondered what it might be and realised I can’ t get it here. On my search I have found a really good idea on a German page how to make some kind of freezer paper yourself. Seems many people face the same problem .. 😉
    You should try to get hold of food wrap/cling film/cling wrap or however you are calling “Frischhaltefolie” in English (this very thin transparent food wrap foil/film). Just print out your shapes mirrored on normal paper, turn it upside down and place that foil (slightly bigger than the page or the shape) onto the backside of your print. Place baking paper over it and iron over it with low heat till the foil gets stuck on the paper. That’s it. From here you can proceed with the above tutorial by placing this mask on your fabric/felt etc. by carefully ironing it onto it with the foil facing the backside of your fabric or piece of felt (don’ t forget the baking paper in order to secure your iron – I always use baking paper underneath as well, in order to secure my ironing board 😉 ).

    (By the way … using adhesive book wrapping film on fabric placing some baking paper above and underneath these 2 layers and ironing it together makes nice kind of waterproof material for sewing …. 😉 )

    Steffi
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    • Wow, those are some great tips Steffi, thanks for sharing. It can be tricky to get freezer paper in the UK, but I am seeing it in more and more places. We can now buy it in most Hobby Craft stores, quilting shops and ebay 🙂

      LittleBlackDuck
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      • Well, Ebay is a good solution anywhere I think as are online stores altogether. In fact, I often have to get my stuff online. I’m living in Latvia and here such things are either not available or in case available at all normally too costly. Such “do-it-yourself” tipps are a good solution when you want to save money and time. These things are normally at hand, easy and effective and cost you nothing…and you can go for your project straight away. 🙂

        Steffi
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        • Nothing worse than waiting for supplies in order to start, or even finish a project. As the saying goes ‘necessity is the mother of invention’!

          LittleBlackDuck
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