How to Cut FELT With a Silhouette Cameo
Today is Girl Scout Day! In 1912, Juliet Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout troop. Today, Girl Scouts has become a nationally recognized organization and millions of girls are involved! I have a Daisy Scout and our troop has our first cookie booth this weekend! I decided to make cute cookie costumes to draw more attention to our booth and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the felt. I learned a few tricks along the way and found TWO ways to use my Cameo with felt. Let me share some know how with you!
I saw this pin which lead to a tutorial to make no-sew felt dahlia flowers on Lines Across. I loved the flowers and thought they would be perfect accessories for my cookie costumes. I traced the pattern Rachel had shared in her tutorial in my Silhouette Studio and created a cut file my Cameo could use (Need a brush up on how to trace? Check out our Silhouette 101: How To Trace Tutorial).
I have never used my Cameo to cut felt before, so I wasn’t sure exactly how it was going to work. First I tried sticking the felt directly to the mat and tried to cut. That didn’t work at all (I wasn’t really expecting it to). The felt bunched and didn’t cut.
I know it is a lot easier to cut fabric, including felt, with your Cameo if you stabilize the material first. I grabbed Silhouette’s Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing and decided to try again:
The heat transfer interfacing comes in a large sheet and the back has a shiny texture to it. This is the side you want to put against your fabric. The instructions say to cut the interfacing to 1″ larger than your material, iron it on and then trim off the excess, but that seems wasteful, so I just cut my interfacing to the same size as my felt and ironed it on. Once you have it ironed on, you can peel off the backing sheet.
You’ll see that the interfacing leaves a shiny layer on the back of your felt. This will help your Cameo cut through the material. I stuck my felt to my mat, interfacing side down.
Below is a screen shot of the cut settings I used. I selected the “Thick fabric like canvas” pre-setting, but had to adjust the blade depth and put it up to 10. To adjust your blade depth, just click the little arrow button next to the picture of the blade. While you’re here, make sure to check the double cut box too!
I sent the file to my Cameo and hoped it would work!
It cut perfectly and left me all my little flower pieces behind on the mat!
The backing is shiny, which may not be the perfect solution to your project, if you want JUST felt, read on for a second method of using the Cameo + felt. If you don’t mind the shiny back, you can skip ahead to see how to assemble the flowers.
For JUST felt when I finish cutting the flower petals, I swapped out my blade for a Silhouette Sketch Pen and had the Cameo draw out the pattern on freezer paper.
Freezer paper can be found in most grocery stores around where you would find aluminum foil and snack baggies:
I put a piece of freezer paper on my cutting mat, sketched out the petals with the sketch pen, peeled off the pattern and then ironed the freezer paper right onto my felt. Using some fabric scissors, I cut out all those petals by hand.
This was a little more tedious than having the Cameo cut out the petals for me, but the best part is that the freezer paper peels off without leaving any shiny backing or residue:
Once you have all your petals cut out, fold the bottom of the petals over on themselves to make a cone shape. Just a dab of hot glue will hold it in place. Evenly space your petals out around the circle back that you have cut and then glue them down with more hot glue. Starting with the largest petals along the outside and working your way into the middle.
I put a small pom pom in the middle of my flowers and hot glued a magnets to the back.
These are strong magnets! I hot glued one on the flower and used a second magnet on the inside of the cookie costumes. The magnets stick together through the felt. This lets me move the flower around on the costume and even take it off afterwards! It doubles as a fashion accessory or even a fridge magnet!
I used both the interfacing and freezer paper stencil methods mentioned above to complete my cookie costumes. For the eyes and eyebrows, I used the interfacing and was able to just iron the layers together- super simple!
A few tips on cutting felt with your Cameo:
1- Use a sharp blade! You’ll want a fresh blade for this project!
2- Make sure to check inside your blade after you cut felt to make sure there aren’t any fuzzies stuck inside the blade. (Learn how to open up your blade and clean it out with our Silhouette Cameo Blade Tutorial). If you’re cutting a lot of pieces, you may want to pause cutting and check to make sure you get a clean cut.
3- Use a stabilizer. The fabric will move around and get bunched up if you don’t stabilize it first.
4- Remember that some types of felt are acrylic and can melt with too much heat! Keep this in mind when ironing your interfacing on and your pieces together. The good news is if you DO melt the felt to your iron, turn your iron off, let it cool completely and then you can just pick off the melted felt goo (ask me how I know this…)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find inspiration! Seek out a local Girl Scout Troop to buy some cookies from this season!
Are you looking to make your own cookie costume? Here’s an extra tip if so: I hot glued my felt cookies onto hula hoops to maintain their shape! I left the little rattly bits inside the hula hoops so the girls can wiggle and make noise (it may save a bored scout!)
What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?
Mine is Thin Mints – YUM!
What will you make with your Cameo + felt?
The possibilities are truly endless!