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Cutting Felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3

I’ve been experimenting a little cutting felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3.  I have a couple posts on how to cut felt with the Silhouette Cameo already, but now that I have a Cameo 3, I’m able to use the deep cut blade.  There are two methods that I like to use when cutting felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3.  I like to iron Heat ‘n Bond interfacing onto the back, and sometimes I can get freezer paper to work too.  I made a video to show you the process.  Skip to the bottom of this post if you’d like to watch the video instead of reading about it.

Cutting felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3

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For cutting felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3, you’ll need:

Iron a piece of Heat ‘n Bond or freezer paper onto your felt that is slightly smaller than the fabric.  For the Heat ‘n Bond, make sure to peel off the paper backing before sticking it to your mat.  Use Heat ‘n Bond Lite when you want to sew through the felt, and use Heat ‘n Bond Ultra Hold when you don’t.

Cutting Felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3

For cutting felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3, I like to use the deep cut blade set to a 20, speed at a 3, force of 33, with two passes.  The flower furthest to the left was cut with Heat ‘n Bond on the back, and it turned out the best by far.  Freezer paper (middle) still worked, but I had to cut off extra pieces with scissors, and some of the detail got lost.  Using nothing on the back didn’t work at all.

Cutting Felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3

Even thought Heat ‘n Bond is the clear winner, it is also permanent.  It will leave one side of your felt with a shiny film on it.  This is okay for sewing or gluing onto other things, but can’t be used for things like felt boards.  The nice thing about freezer paper is that it’s removable.  The bad part is that it doesn’t always give me a great cut.  I only recommend using freezer paper for cutting larger, less detailed shapes.

Cutting Felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3

I hope you found this new post on cutting felt with the Silhouette Cameo 3 helpful.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time!  Make sure to watch the video on my YouTube channel so you can see the process and get all the extra details.

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Cortney Woolsey

Friday 13th of December 2019

How do you se my your blade to deep cut on studio? I have been struggling with this for weeks.. ?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Saturday 4th of January 2020

You have to have a Cameo 3 or higher. When you click the "send" button the screen with cut options comes up. On the top right, you select which blade you are using. If you don't see that option, you might need to update the software.

Samantha

Thursday 1st of November 2018

how thick is the felt you use? 1 mm ?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 1st of November 2018

I tried to look on the manufacturer's website and couldn't find the thickness. I use National Nonwoven's 35/65 and 20/80 blends.

Jenn Hoff

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

Thank you so much for doing the legwork for me on this one. I appreciate the advice! I'm using felt for a felt board and I totally would have used stabilizer and it obviously wouldn't have worked. Thanks!

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