I shared last week that we just go back from another trip from Walt Disney World. I do love being a mom of boys, but one of the things that I miss out on with only boys is the love of Disney Princesses. It’s just hard for boys to get quite as into Aurora, Cinderella, Elsa and Belle the way I see little girls doing. And there are so many amazing Disney Princesses now– like Moana, which is now out on DVD (affiliate link)! Sometimes, even if I don’t have little princesses at home, I’ve got to enjoy the prince magic, so I decided to create a Moana Felt Flower Headband using my Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Design Space. I made it look a bit like a tropical plumeria flower, rather than an orchid. (Interestingly, while it’s the flower I thought of from the movie, I’m not sure it grows in Hawaii.)
Did you know that you don’t have to use Heat ‘N Bond to cut Felt with your Cricut Explore Air? I want to talk about how I used Freezer Paper with felt and my Cricut Explore machine to create this design. I have found the Cricut Explore Air to be great for cutting felt, and have used it for ornaments and home decor, but those crafts used Heat N Bond.
What’s the difference between using Heat N Bond and Freezer Paper when cutting felt? The Heat N Bond I typically use with the Cricut Explore Air is a stabilizer that permanently adheres to the felt. It creates a stiffer, less fabric like material. That’s great for many projects, but it makes it much harder to embroider. Freezer paper is a temporary stabilizer that is easy to remove, and allows you to cut shapes, but ultimately returns the felt to its original state. It’s much easier to cut with the Cricut Explore Air.
I’ve included a copy of my Design Space. I did just duplicate the leaves in another shade of green. I resized the same 5-petal 3D Flower and changed the clover to let the machine know that I wanted 2 separate cuts. Once I was happy with my design, I ironed the Freezer Paper to my pieces of felt.
Here are a few recommendations for using Freezer Paper and your Cricut Explore:
- Consider using a regular grip mat– the heavy grip mat makes the freezer paper stick and the felt seems to pull away from it during the cut. (Remember the adhesion between the Freezer Paper and felt isn’t as strong as with Heat N Bond.)
- Go for less intricate designs. I am not sure that the strength of the adhesion between the paper and the felt would allow me to create a design like I did for my Felt Ornament.
- You can use either a Deep Cut Blade or a German Carbide Premium Blade. Don’t use the basic blade. I liked the German Carbide Premium Blade because it didn’t cut into the Freezer paper, and the adhesion between the paper and the felt was completely intact. However, the cut won’t be as complete, and you’ll have to carefully separate your shape from the paper and the rest of the felt.
I pieced together my 2 felt flowers and leaves, actually used Fabric Fusion to attach them together. I glued the two flowers, allowed them to dry completely for several hours, and then glued the leaves in place. Let everything dry before your move on.
The Fabric Fusion does make the felt stiffer. And it is going to be harder to sew through. However, I didn’t want to embroider around the entire flower. If you’d like to sew all of the pieces together, that will work as well.
TheFor the center of the flower, I used large, clear, glass seed beads, and yellow embroidery floss. I sewed the beads into the center of the flower– I believe that I used about 8 beads. Then I went through and created some longer yellow straight stitches to roughly look like the stamen of the flower.
The last step was to attach the flower to a Goody Headband. I happened to find a set of fabric covered headbands that had one that matched the felt flower perfectly. However, you can also pick up a plain one and wrap it in ribbon, if you cannot find a good match for your felt. (If you do this, make sure it doesn’t have teeth on the underside!)
And with that, my Disney’s Moana Felt Flower Headband was complete. I tried it out on myself to see how it looked. I personally think that it would look better on a little princess, but I’m the only princess in our house!
This technique of cutting felt with the Cricut Explore Air has many different possibilities, and I’m excited to try using it again, as I love creating with felt. But for today, I’m going to curl up and enjoy watching Moana, and check out some other great tutorials and creations based on Moana by some talented friends!
More Disney’s Moana Inspired Creations!
Orange Pineapple Coconut Smoothie | The Love Nerds
Coconut Poke Cake | Sugar & Soul
Moana Cupcakes | Cupcake Diaries
Moana Paper Pennant Banner | Simply Made Fun
Moana Mocktail | Play Party Plan
Pineapple Sugar Cookies | Your Everyday Family
Moana Tropical Banana Crush Slush | The Benson Street
Moana Felt Flower Headband | My Mom Made That
Tattoo Shirt Sleeve Tutorial | Sew What Alicia