Fun Felt Appliqués: How to Cut Felt with a Silhouette

Have you ever wondered how to cut felt with a Silhouette?  You have come to the right place!  You can totally do it and end up with a super fun DIY project!

Have you ever wondered how to cut felt with a Silhouette? You can totally do it and end up with a super fun DIY project! via

So one of the amazing things about blogging conferences is all the super cool bloggers you get to meet in person!  One of the amazing bloggers I got to meet in person at BlogHer 13 was Jessi from Practically Functional!  Have you seen her blog?  If you haven’t, you totally need to check it out.  She does all sorts of amazing things!  I especially love her posts about organizing since I am super lacking in that department.

But it wasn’t until I read this post by Jessi about how she made some super awesome Harry Potter Kindle Covers using some felt and her Silhouette that I realized she is an absolute genius!

Using the Silhouette to cut felt??  Hello!?  Awesomeness!

When I found out from my sister-in-law that my nephew really wanted an Octonauts shirt for his birthday, I knew that this was the perfect time to try out Jessi’s genius.

So here is the skinny according to Jessi.

  • You can either put it on the mat or carefully iron on some fabric interfacing (I added a little glue stick to an old mat and stuck it on)
  • Put the speed to 1 or 2
  • Put the thickness as high as it goes
  • Put your blade setting to 10
  • Click the double cut box

Here’s how it went for me.  I found the Octonauts symbol online, imported it to my Silhouette software and used the trace feature to get my cut lines.  As I mentioned above, I had to use some glue and an old mat (I didn’t want orange fuzz all over my newest mat and I have about 7 old ones #notkidding).  With the glue it stayed in place perfectly and came off the mat just fine.

It did not cut all the way through, but it definitely cut enough that I had the perfect shape to work with and I used some sharp scissors to finish the job.  That wasn’t nearly as time consuming as it sounds, and then I had the exact shape I wanted.

I suspect that if I had used a newer blade it would have cut all the way through.

Then I added some Arlene’s Tacky Glue to the back (sparingly) and put it where I wanted on the shirt.  Arlene’s is water soluble, so after that, I did some embroidery thread around the edge to properly secure it.  And that’s fine, because that is the look that I wanted anyway.  You certainly could skip those two things and go with some fabric glue.

My Octonauts obsessed nephew loves his shirt, and I got to be super aunt.  Win win.

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  1. says

    OMG that shirt turned out so cute! I love it!!! Also, I don’t know this for sure, but I imagine cutting felt with the Silhouette dulls the blades quickly, so I’m using an extra blade just for felt. Since the felt cuts don’t have to be as precise as paper or thin fabric I figure it’s better to keep the nice blades nice, just in case. 🙂 Thanks so much for the shout out, and it was great to finally meet you in person this summer!
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    • says

      I used a regular blade. Just keep in mind that it will pick up felt and it will dull the blade faster than paper, so if you think this is something you will do a lot, you might want a blade specifically for felt. One thing I’ve done when I designate blades for things that will dull it is just replace my blade and use the old blade for the felt/diy scratch off/fabric, etc.

  2. Kelsey says

    hi there! I am trying to cut felt and have followed all of your advice above but my silhouette is still not cutting the felt. It doesn’t even look like the blade is touching the felt. Any recommendations? It is driving me crazy!! Thanks!

    • says

      Ugh! Sorry Kelsey!! The only thing I can think of is to make sure your blade is cutting other things correctly. Sometimes mine gets a little unscrewed and loose and doesn’t cut anything.

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