Yes, you read that right, you CAN cut felt with your Silhouette! Before you get too excited, there are a few things I must tell you. First, this method will mess up your mat a bit faster than “normal” cutting would; second, you have to iron fusible webbing onto the back that will not come off; and last, sometimes it doesn’t work, sometimes it does. All of that being said, using my Cameo to cut felt saves me a TON of time so it’s all worth it!
I just joined a Silhouette-user Facebook group that Lauren from The Thinking Closet runs. Email her if you want to join! I was telling the girls about how to cut felt, and they convinced me to make a tutorial. One of them commented that she couldn’t wait to see the video. What? I’ve never made a video… good idea! I decided to make my first EVER YouTube video to show you everything you need to know (and probably more) about cutting felt with your Silhouette! Check it out if you own or want to own a Silhouette or if you just want to find out what my voice sounds like. Just please resist the urge to count how many times I say “um.”
-I have cut both acrylic (craft store) and wool blend felt on my Cameo. Both worked, but the wool blend definitely had better results. The acrylic looses detail around the edges where the wool blend doesn’t. You can check out my post about different kinds of felt here.
-First thing you need to do is iron fusible interfacing onto the back of your felt. I use Wonder Under (Pellon 805). Peel the paper backing off and place with Wonder Under down on the mat.
-Set your fabric blade to 10, depth to 33, speed to 3, and check the double cut box. Using such a high blade depth is what can jack up your mat, also I’ve noticed that sometimes the webbing leaves residue on the mat.
Hopefully that helps someone. I actually bought the machine to cut things out of felt not knowing if it really would, and I am so glad that I did! I can tell you that I have successfully cut a ton of felt with it without any problems. Saves me so much time! Check out my etsy shop to see what I did with the felt in the video.
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