How to Perfectly Cut Acrylic Felt – Tutorial

January 17, 2013Allison Murray
How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

Today we’re going to address how to perfectly cut acrylic felt.

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

Cutting nice smooth shapes out of felt can sometimes prove difficult. Smaller bits are often even more difficult to work with than larger shapes. Either way it can be all around frustrating. I mean felt is cheap and all, but who wants to waste time and money cutting out sub par shapes that get thrown in the garbage bin in the end?

Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore at all. I was once asked “really? All of this to cut out a felt letter?” Why yes – please go back to minding your own business.

To perfectly cut felt you will need:

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

I’m going to be cutting out felt hearts. Because I need every heart to be exactly the same, I’ve printed out the hearts I need on regular printer paper.

Take the print out and spray the backside with spray adhesive. Press firmly onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper and allow a moment to dry.

If you aren’t using print outs you can also draw shapes directly onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper if you don’t want to cut freehand.

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

Take your freezer paper and cut around your shapes. Place waxy side down onto the backside of your felt. Organize so that you can get the most out of your felt.

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

Not sure which is the wrong or back side of the felt? It’s the side that comes with the price sticker on it.

Preheat your iron until it is pretty hot. I go ahead and set mine all the way to cotton. Take the iron and place down onto the freezer paper cut outs to adhere them to the felt. Double check that the waxy side of the paper is facing down. If it is facing up, it will be stuck to your iron and you’re going to have a big ol’ mess on your hands.

Please also remember that acrylic is plastic. You’ll need to take a lot of care when using the iron around your felt, especially as hot as I’ve suggested. If you let sit too long your felt will burn or, at the very least, discolor.

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

When adhered (and cool enough to touch) use your very sharp scissors to cut through the paper and the felt. Don’t scrape or drag your scissors as you cut. To get nice, sharp lines you’ll need strong, decisive snaps of the scissors as you go. Don’t turn the scissors as you cut, turn the felt.

When you have emancipated your shape you’re still going to have some rough edges. Take your scissors and very lightly snip around anything that is peeking out behind the paper.

When you are happy with the shape, remove the freezer paper by gently peeling. We adhere to the backside because it can sometimes pull at the felt and make it appear kind of fuzzy…

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

When cutting out shapes with an inner cut, fold the shape in half and make a small cut with your scissors. Cut to the edge and then begin trimming as usual.

How to perfectly cut acrylic felt. A helpful tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

Good news is, you can reuse your shapes. I’ve had them work well for me up to 4 times apiece!

So get out there and cut some felt! Also check back tomorrow to see these felt shapes put to work!

Comments (20)

  • Ama

    January 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Useful! Thanks for sharing the tip!

  • Allison Murray

    January 18, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    No problem, Ama :)

  • Vanessa

    January 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Such a simple and useful idea that is perfectly useful right now! I have a ton of felt shapes I want to cut out for a felt board and wasn't sure how to do it best. Thank you!

  • Allison Murray

    January 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    You are very welcome, Vanessa! Have fun cutting out your shapes!

  • Rebekah

    January 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    You can also put freezer paper through the printer and print the design right on to the non-waxy side. I do this all the time for patterns. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm definitely going to do this as I get more and more into felt projects.

  • Allison Murray

    January 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    That is an excellent point, Rebekah – my printer always jams but I have heard it works for a lot of others. Thanks for mentioning!


    April 15, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    ahhhh! great technique – I will try this for sure!

  • Allison Murray

    April 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Wonderful, Amadarling!

  • Maman de Lila

    April 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    You just taught me that felt had sides! Great post thanks!

  • Allison Murray

    April 30, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    :) I am so glad Maman de Lila!

  • Jennifer L. V.

    July 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Sweet! I have so many ideas that I have not started due to fear of the messy cut. Thank you so much! You have reduced my anxiety and the pile of unfinished craft projects.

  • Allison Murray

    July 16, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    No problem, Jennifer. I know what you mean about the anxiety. Felt is cheap but mistakes are expensive all the same. Best of luck!

  • Ria Smits

    October 6, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Love your site and thanks for sharing your tips.
    hug Ria

    1. Allison

      October 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      I am so glad, Ria! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • Ruth

    March 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    I live in a
    Australia and we dont have “freezer paper” as such, is there anything else to use?

  • Sandy Yukes

    October 22, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I just cut 2 perfect hearts from felt using UHU glue stick and regular printer paper. So for those who don’t have or can’t get freezer paper try that. I have never used freezer paper so I don’t know how it compares.

  • DonnaT

    October 10, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    I wish you could have seen the expression on my face as I read this. It was like, “Really? It was that simple?” I just finished a felt project with our church craft class (gift card holders). Uhhhhg…. some of those pieces were so hard to cut right. Sure do wish I’d seen this first. Well, I’ll be planning future felt projects for sure, all because of you. :)

  • Debora Justus

    January 20, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Hi, I’m from Brazil and I really enjoy it! For sure I will try this tip. Thank you!

  • Bree

    March 27, 2018 at 12:26 AM

    This was so helpful! I’ve tried using freezer paper in the past, but the tutorial I was following did not make things so easy to follow!!! You’re a lifesaver! Thanks!

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