Category Archives: Wool Blend Felt

Die Cutting Felt Series: Using Iron-On Glitter

Welcome to Part 3 of the die cutting series!  In Part 1 we covered using steel rule dies, Part 2 was all about wafer thin dies and now we’re going to talk about die cutting iron-on glitter.  I highly recommend you check out Parts 1 & 2 before continuing on with this post.  Unless you’ve got lots of experience with die cutting in which case, proceed!

**Please note: Iron-on glitter is no longer available in the shop, but Glitter Felt sheets are!

The best tips and tricks for die cutting iron-on glitter and felt.

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Iron-On Glitter

Iron-on glitter, is a sheet of glitter vinyl that can be adhered to fabric with an iron.  In this post we’ll be covering how to cut the glitter before and after it has been backed with felt.  There are many uses for glitter felt, I typically use it for leaves on Christmas wreaths, but I’ve seen hair bows and other accents and accessories using glitter.  However it doesn’t have the same flexibility as regular felt, so there are limitations to it’s uses.  Tips and tricks for working with glitter felt will be covered in another post.

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Die Cutting Felt Series: Using Wafer Thin Dies

This is part 2 in the Die Cutting with Felt series!  We covered steel rule dies in part 1 and now we’re going to talk about wafer thin dies.  Wafer thin dies are exactly that; very thin metal shapes with a raised edge that cuts into your material as it passes through the die cutter.

Die Cutting Felt Series: Using Wafer Thin Dies

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Die Cutting Tools and Equipment

Die Cutter & Accessories

There are many brands and styles of die cutters on the market.  They generally all work the same way: A hand crank or motor draws the die+material through the machine, applying pressure as it turns and the die presses through the material.  (FYI a die cutter is different from an electronic cutter such as a Cricut machine.  More on that in another post.)

I recommend using the Sizzix brand of die cutter, and more specifically the Sizzix Big Shot Plus for felt.  There are different sizes and widths of die cutter, and I just find that the Big Shot Plus is the best size for working with 9×12 felt sheets.  There is a larger Big Shot Pro, but it is heavy duty and I would only recommend it if you are running a large business and have a dedicated space for die cutting.  The Big Shot Plus is more easily tucked away when you’re done with it.

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Die Cutting with Felt Series: Using Steel Rule Dies

If you’ve been crafting with felt on a regular basis, then I’m sure you’ve thought about die cutting and how it could help your creative process.  I’ve been using a die cutter for just over a year and it has greatly helped me scale both my businesses.  I get asked a lot of questions about die cutting felt, so I’m launching a series of posts on the subject that I hope will offer valuable tips and insight!

Wool and wool blend felt die cuts beautifully. Read on to find out how to use Bigz dies for you felt project.

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Why Choose Wool Blend Felt?

So what’s the big deal with wool felt anyway?  Once you have tried it, you will no longer wonder!

Wool blend felt is soft yet durable, colour fast and does not fray.  It is a dream to work with, either sewing by machine or by hand.  You can use it for any number of projects; felt food and flowers, quilting appliques and penny rugs, Waldorf dolls and holiday ornaments.  The possibilities are endless!

Acrylic felt simply won’t yield the clean results that wool felt can.  Wool felt cuts sharply, with no fuzzy edges and is thinner than acrylic felt, making it perfect for the tiniest details.  Plus it comes in so many modern and fresh colours!

Wool blend felt is affordable and lends itself to virtually any project.  You just can’t go wrong!