so i have an idea about putting our names on our stockings. i was thinking about getting some felt and using the cricut to cut our names out and then getting some fabric glue and gluing them on. do you think that would work? i know that the mat that i use with the felt will be ruined because the fuzzies will stick to it, but im willing to give up a mat for it. (they are pretty old anyway) will the cricut cut through the felt? i imagine it could if it can cut through thick paper and vinyl, etc. i think im going to give it a try tomorrow. i have to wait so i can use my 40% off coupon at michaels
You may need a deep cut blade. I've seen the infomercials on the cricut (DH actually records them for me) and they use another material to hold the fabric in place on the cutting mat. I can't remember what it is called. But what it looked like was you stick this material to the fabric then put it on your mat. Maybe one of the other ladies knows the name of it. HTH
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It was an iron on type of substance I think. Also, I have some Martha Stewart felt paper so maybe you can try to see if you could find that.
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A: Felt 101
I experimented with cutting felt this weekend and these are my notes, if you have other advice, please post it here so it can stay together.
1. You need a VERY sticky mat. Even stickier then the new mats. Remember that felt leaves behind fibers, so you will need to wash the mat and remove the fibers when you are done.
2. It doesn't always cut all the way through the felt. The way felt fibers are webbed together, makes it difficult for the blade to separate them, however; it does cut through enough to where you can use scissors to separate the fibers with little effort.
3. The stiffer the felt and shorter the pile (depth of the fabric) the better the cut. I found that the pre-cut sheets on the craft shelf are too flimsy and slid all over the mat. The pre-adhesive backed felt was also a bad idea. The paper backing has to be removed, because as it cuts the paper slides all over the place jamming the blade. If you remove the backing the adhesive also paralyzes the blade. If you place the adhesive side down on the mat, the blade gets caught in the felt fibers and jams.
4. I purchased felt off a bolt at a local fabric store. It was short piled, and stiff. If I added the Ultra Hold iron-on adhesive - Heat 'N Bond to the back of the felt, and cut the felt upside down, so that I was cutting directly on the backing it did a better job. Still didn't cut all the way through, but the blade didn't get hung up in the fibers, and the felt didn't slide on the mat. Make sure you remove the paper before cutting. The white interfacing that looks like white felt cut the best! Also remember that if you cut the image upside down and you are cutting letters, you need to reverse your image in DS before cutting.
5. Simple designs work the best. The bigger the design the better it worked as well. Solid simple fat designs are the best!
6. Cutting directly from the Cricut seemed to work better as well. DesignStudio overrides the settings for speed on the Cricut. When cutting directly on the Cricut - I set the Speed to 1 and the depth to 4. When I used 5 it seemed to jam. The felt caused a greater drag on the blade at the deeper settings.
Sounds like a great idea. I hope it works well.
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I would've never guessed you could cut felt or fabric! Good luck!!!
I wanted to put names on our stockings too and saw those felt letters, but didn't know what to glue them with. Now I've learned a few things. THANKS!! Can you post pics when you're done??
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