The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes


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Would you like to know how to cut felt into perfect shapes? This quick, time-saving method revolutionized my outlook on cutting out my felt patterns.

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - square collage - Felt With Love Designs

The secret to cutting felt perfectly every time lies in one awesome product:

Freezer Paper*

This stuff is seriously amazing. Not only do I use it for all of my felt projects but it’s also great for cutting perfect appliqués using most other fabrics.

Freezer paper can be purchased on a large roll in some grocery stores (in the same place as the aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc.) For convenience, you can purchase freezer paper precut into 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, perfect for sticking straight into the printer!

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - felt stack and printed pattern

Supplies Needed to Cut Felt with Freezer Paper:

  • Pattern
  • Wool Felt – a piece just larger than your pattern piece
  • Freezer paper
  • Sharp scissors (These are my favorite)
  • Paper cutting scissors (Any scissors will work – just not your special fabric scissors!)
  • a printer or pencil
  • an iron (I use a cheap travel iron for my crafts)

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - unicorn softie printed pattern First, print the pattern directly onto the freezer paper. (Keep reading if you don’t want to use a printer.) Freezer paper has a paper side and a smooth, waxy side. Print the pattern on the paper side.

The example pattern shown in the photos for this tutorial is the free unicorn softie pattern!

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - paper side comparison with waxy side of freezer paper

A word of caution – Although freezer paper has a waxy side, wax paper is NOT the same as freezer paper and cannot be substituted for this purpose.

If you are using the freezer paper on a roll, first cut the freezer paper into 8.5″ x 11″ sheets. Once you have the right size sheets, you can insert them in your printer the same way you would insert regular paper.

Freezer paper is also see-through enough to lay over a pattern and trace accurately. If you do not own a printer or do not want to deal with cutting the sheets to fit your printer, you can also trace your pattern directly on the freezer paper. When tracing your pattern, place the waxy side down and draw on the paper side of the freezer paper.

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - felt and loosely cut pattern pieces

After the pattern has been transferred to the paper, cut roughly around the edges using your paper cutting scissors. You can cut directly on the lines but it is not necessary.

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - pattern piece waxy side down on felt scrapPlace the pattern piece, waxy side down, on the corresponding felt piece.

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - iron the freezer paper to the felt

Iron the freezer paper to the felt.

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - freezer paper pattern piece ironed to felt scrap The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - cut along the lines of the pattern piece using sharp scissors

Cut along the pattern lines.

It’s important to use fabric scissors, even though you will be cutting paper as well. I keep a special pair of scissors just for cutting my freezer paper felt. To get the best results, the felt should be cut with sharp scissors (Micro-tip scissors are my favorite).

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - cut out heart with freezer paper attached The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - peel off the freezer paper from the felt heart shape

Peel off the paper.

The Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - perfect cut felt heart next to freezer paper pattern piece

You are left with a perfect cut!

A few things to note:

  • Be careful when using an iron with acrylic felts. If the iron is left in one place too long, the felt will begin to melt.
  • No need to cut multiple pattern pieces for the same shape. Freezer paper can be reused! (Each piece sticks four or five times.)
  • You can also use freezer paper as a guide for sewing tricky shapes! Cut directly along the pattern line before ironing onto the fabric and cut the seam allowance around the outside. Leave the freezer paper attached and sew around the edges for a precise sewing guide.

Freezer Paper is the Secret to Cutting Perfect Felt Shapes - seam allowance

Have you experimented with freezer paper? Do you have any tips for creating perfect felt shapes every time? Join the FWLD Facebook group to share your tips and tricks and learn from others!

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