Although this post is sponsored by Cricut, all opinions are my own.
When I first met the wonderful Cricut staff in Utah during Snap Conference along with my friend, Crystal, at Hello Creative Family, I learned all about the materials that one can cut with the Cricut Explore Air. It’s an impressive list; however, I was particularly excited about its ability to cut wool felt. You see, I have this love for felt, and enjoy using it for many different projects. I was thrilled with the idea that my Cricut Explore would be able to cut out intricate designs for me to use. This week I used it to create this Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament without any need to use my own scissors.
When I first started this project, I was really unsure how intricate and detailed my felt design could be. However, I talked to several fellow bloggers, who had success with detailed designs. When I found a darling Holly design in Cricut Design Space, I decided t it would be perfect to test cutting felt out.
You don’t need many supplies other than felt and fabric adhesive. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I prefer to use felt that is not craft felt. I try to use felt that is either wool felt or a wool blend. I think the felt feels nicer, lasts longer, and is more durable. Personally, one my favorite places to get felt is Benzie Designs, which has a store on Etsy and their own website.
Supplies for Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament
- Cricut Explore Air™ or Explore machine
- Deep Cut blade
- Cricut 12″ x 12″ StrongGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
- Dark Green, Light Green and Red Felt
- Heat & Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On
- Red Ribbon
- Red Embroidery Floss
- Cricut® Tools Weeder
- Cricut® Tools Tweezers
- Fabri-Tac Adhesive
If you are going to cut felt with your Cricut Explore, you need to use fusable interfacing on your felt. I have been told by the Cricut staff that you can also use removable interfacing or freezer paper if you want to be able to remove it after cutting. I haven’t personally tried this, so I can’t tell you my experience with freezer paper. I can tell you that Heat & Bond Ultra Hold will do the trick and make sure that you get a smooth cut. It will change the pliability of the felt, so it ends up feeling more like stiffened felt.
Out of curiosity, I did a test cut without any inference. If you don’t use any interfacing on the felt, even with the StrongGrip mat, the felt will bunch up and jam.
Iron the Heat & Bond to the felt, and remove the paper. This is one of the reasons that it’s better to use wool felt, rather than craft felt. Craft felt can melt when ironed.
While I didn’t test the different mats, I did try the regular blade as a comparison cut for both my the red letters and light green circles. If you are doing a less intricate cut, the regular blade will be fine. I cut the light green circles using the StrongGrip mat and a regular blade, and had no trouble.
Now, I could not get a cut for the letters when using a regular blade. It just wouldn’t work. Similarly, the little holes and details in the red berries were lost with the regular blade although the basic shape of the berries was cut cleanly.
If you are interested in making this design, I have it available in Cricut Design Space for readers to access. The words were ungrouped so that I could position them in a round pattern above the holly. However, the Font is titled Every Day Fonts-Best of Times if you would like to change the wording, or perhaps add a date. The Holly image and font are included with Cricut Access although you can purchase them individually.
This design is cut on 3 different mats, and you’ll notice that it includes two different light green circles. The holly and two circles will separate easily from the StrongGrip mat, but the wording and berries required me to use the weeder and tweezers.
Once everything is cut, I adhered the berries to the holly with your Fabri-Tac. I use the tweezers to hold the berries while I carefully spread a small amount of the adhesive onto the backside of the berries with a toothpick. Once the berries are in place and drying, I carefully used the toothpick to put glue on the letters and used the tweezers to position them on circle.
The glue is strong enough that once it dries, the two pieces of felt will not separate, but it dries slowly enough that you’ll have a little time to position each letter. By the time I finished placing all of the letters, I was able to glue the holly onto the center of the circle of felt.
The last step is to take red embroidery floss and sew a blanket stitch around the entire circle. This really helps the design pop. More importantly, this is the way to insure that the ornament hanger/ribbon is securely attached to the felt. (If you aren’t sure how to sew a blanket stitch, check out this tutorial.)
Once I had completely stitched around the design, I was done, and that ribbon isn’t going anywhere. It sure turned out perfectly, and I didn’t have to cut out any of those little tiny letters. This went from a project that would take the entire evening to a project that (other than drying time) can be done in an hour! That’s definitely a win for me!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.