Felt is fabulous to work with, it comes in such a great range of colours and ranges from the 100% acrylic to 100% wool and several versions in between. Lovely, just lovely
One of the great things about felt is that there are no frayed edges when cut which makes it very easy to handle. The one problem you can have however is that some types of felt, more frequently cheaper felts and ones with high acrylic content, are less dense. By dense, I mean that the fibres are not as closely ‘felted’ together and the structure is more loose. This means that there is a lot more ‘give’. Having give in a material is great in come circumstances, but when you are trying to cut out small , accurate/precise shapes, that extra give is a bit of a pain! Sometimes having accurately cut out pieces is really important to give definition to your work.
One great way of getting a really accurate pattern pieces is using Reynolds Freezer Paper. Freezer Paper is something that was originally designed for, guess what? wrapping food for the freezer! Some bright spark realised that it could be used in crafting and as a community we are all grateful for this discovery!
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!
How to Cut out Felt Using Freezer Paper
So first up, what is Freezer Paper?
Well, it’s a thick paper that is like untreated plain paper 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.
Using a pen or pencil trace the reverse (flip side) of your pattern pieces onto the paper side (rather than the ‘plastic’ side) of a piece of freezer paper. Ensure that you DO NOT use a heat erasable pen as you’ll be using an iron in the next step!
Trim away some of the excess freezer paper, but no need to cut on the line at this point.
Place the freezer paper onto the wrong side* of your felt. Set your iron to a heat setting that is appropriate for your type of felt. Wool felt will withstand a higher heat setting than acrylic felt.
DO NOT USE STEAM…due to the nature of the freezer paper the steam will bounce right off the paper and you could burn yourself!
If you are finding that the paper is not adhering to your felt you might need to slightly increase the heat setting BUT make sure that you use a pressing cloth to reduce the risk of you melting or scorching your felt!
*more often than not there is no wrong side to felt, but it’s worth mentioning just in case you have a printed felt, or one side looks better than the other!
Using a small sharp pair of scissors cut around the pattern, along your drawn lines. I like to cut using just part of the blade…I don’t cut right to the tip so the blades are fully closed. I find that this gives me more control. I tend to keep my scissors relatively still and move the felt shape whilst cutting.
Peel off the freezer paper, turn your felt over, et voila! you have a lovely accurate piece of felt ready to use!
The great news is that the freezer paper templates can be used several times over.
So there you are a lovely and simple way of cutting out felt shapes with minimal fuss and maximum accuracy!
(unless you are really rubbish at cutting out)
Some great patterns using felt
Time to practise your skills with some cute patterns featuring felt! All of the patterns are available as pdf downloads so you can get sewing straight away.