I love helping others and solving problems when people ask for my help. So, when my sister-in-law told me she was tired of tracing and hand-cutting felt flowers and cupcakes over and over for her adorable hair accessories (Millie’s Bows), I wanted to help. She asked to borrow one of my paper punches but it didn’t work with felt. I remembered one of the times I went to Impress Rubber Stamps‘ flagship Tukwila store and was shown samples of cut “special” wool felt made for paper-crafts. It was shaped like a heart and someone had cut the shape with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. Soon, I was on a mission to find out if regular craft felt could be cut with my Cuttlebug.
I only had square-shaped Spellbinders dies, so when I attended the Heirloom show, I bought a set of floral dies so I could make a useful sample for my sister-in-law. I searched YouTube and Google and could not find an answer to my question: “What kind of sandwich recipe do I need to cut felt in my Cuttlebug?” That may sound funny if you’re not familiar with cutting & embossing machines. A sandwich is the order in which certain cutting plates and cutting dies are “sandwiched” together before being run through the machine. My Cuttlebug could break if I got the sandwich wrong and forced it to go through the machine, so I wanted to carefully select the right sandwich.
I asked my Twitter universe to help me, and one of them came to my rescue! She found a blog post with a sandwich recipe for me. I tried it and it worked! Success at last. I made a video to demonstrate how it’s done and I wrote this blog post so others can find this and get the help they’re looking for when they have a question about how to cut felt with Spellbinders in a Cuttlebug.
Here is the video, and below is the card I made with the felt shapes I cut:
This is the recipe for the felt sandwich, as demonstrated in my video. First lay down the “A” plate, one Spellbinders Enlarged Embossing Pad, a piece of scrap cardboard, “B” plate, your Spellbinders Nestabilities die (cutting side up), craft felt cut to size, then a final “B” plate:
Here is the card I made. I only had red felt in the house because it was leftover from an old craft project ~ I made some bean-bag Santas… don’t ask. :)
And finally, here is a close-up of the flower shapes. I stuck them together with a plain large brad and covered the brad with a sweet yellow floral gem my other sister-in-law gave me. I suppose I could have adhered the flower to the card by piercing the card with my brad but I used glue dots.