How to Cut Felt with the Cricut

I told you I’d give it a try and I did!!  I cut these hearts out of felt using my Cricut! :D

I’ll get right to it because I know you’re eager to learn how to do this, right?  Ok, first of all I used regular floppy felt that I bought at Michael’s.  I ironed Heat ‘n Bond onto it because there was NO WAY it was going to cut in its original state.  It wasn’t stiff enough without the Heat ‘n Bond and would pull a lot.

Just read the directions on the back of the Heat ‘n Bond.  You’ll need to cut it to fit your felt size.  Then you iron it on. The package directions are easy, don’t worry. ;)

See?  You just cut the Heat ‘n Bond and iron it right onto your felt.
It’s very easy.  I promise!

Then you apply the felt to the Cricut mat, Heat ‘n Bond side down, felt side up.  It works best when you use a sticky mat, as opposed to an older, less sticky one.

I used the Deep Cut Blade and set it at 6, Speed 2 and Pressure 5.  I also set the Multi-Cut button to 2 (so it would go back over the same image 2 times).

I found that the smaller the heart, the more likely it was that I would have to cut some of it out by hand.  The larger the heart, the better the result.   The small hearts were cut at 3″ and the big hearts were cut at 5″.  I used the Designer’s Calendar cartridge for the hearts.

Sometimes the cut and paper come off easily…

… and sometimes they didn’t.  Be prepared to clean up your mat.

The Cricut produces a clean cut from the felt when it’s all working as it should, but as you can see at the top of the heart; it can miss spots.  With the smaller heart, I had to do more scissor cutting.  When you are finished with your cuts you can easily bond your finished cut to something, following the Heat n’ Bond directions.  I decided to leave mine as they are, so there is a slightly odd feeling to the back of them; it’s the adhesive still stuck to the back.  It’s heat activated so I’m not really worried about it.  I gave them to my kids, DH and self to hold…See?

Family Portrait

We’re Beary Cute, aren’t we?

Wait until I show you what I did with the hearts next!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Marlene says

    a Beary nice family.

    I have found that I need to cut most card stock with the multicut feature on my machine. I have been buying the better stuff such as Bazzil and Cordinations. I had tried it on the first pass and not everything cut through. So now I pay attention to my weight of the cardstock I am using and go from there. I am not ready to try to cut felt. LOL or vinyl. I am still working on wedding invitations, however this weekend I cut out hears using the Sizzix dies for my grand daughters to make cards.

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    stoneware says

    Joy, I stumbled on your website just a couple of months ago and you’ve given me so many ideas! I’ve had the baby Cricut for 3 years and last Dec. purchased the Cricut Essential, which I LOVE! Thank you for taking the time to help us less-adventurous crafters and inspiring us to step out of our comfort zones!

    • 4

      says

      Stoneware, thank you for leaving me that wonderful comment. It made my day! :D If there’s anything you’d like to learn more about, let me know and I’ll try to make a tutorial or project about it. :D
      ~Joy~

  3. 5

    breakfast@tiffanys says

    Informative and entertaining! I especially love the backstory on the bears. Thanks for giving me a laugh to start my day!

  4. 6

    roniey33 says

    Hi Joy, I love your tutorials. They are so helpful. I have been trying to cut “craft foam” on my cricut, but It wont cut. I even tried using the multicut function. Can you please help.

    • 7

      says

      Hey Roniey33,
      How new is your blade? Sometimes that can be the problem. Also, it may not cut completely. You might have to punch the shape through a bit with your fingers, after you’ve removed it from the mat. Let me know if that helps. I hope so!! :)
      ~Joy~
      P.S. Thank you!! I’m glad you like the tutorials! :D

  5. 8

    LauraB says

    I am so glad to have found your site! I teach at a preschool and make lots of Felt Story pieces for my class, along with pieces to use for patterning and other activities. I have not been able to find instructions on how to cut felt, only questions asking how to. Thanks so much for all of your awesome information you put on your site.

    Laura B.

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    MarZ says

    I LOVE your blog!! Thank you sooooo much for this help on cutting felt!! I have been searching for a “how to” & found your blog through the Cricut MB. I need to add your site to my favorites!!

    Thanks again!!

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    teapot21 says

    Do you know if this will cut just as well if I’m using the original smaller Cricut? Thanks!

  8. 14

    Almedia says

    Thanks for the info on cutting felt with Cricut. I could have used this last year while making my grandson’s “Mickey” favor bags last year. Glad I found your website. ?

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    Mooky says

    Hi!

    I am super excited to have found this how-to on cutting felt with the cricut. The project I am working on right now is going to require some felt cutting; so, I am excited to see if this works.

    However…

    I have the regular baby cricut. Do you know if this same method will work for the regular cricut? Or, do I need to go glom onto my cricut friend nearby to do this on an expressions?

    Thanks!