Sunday, February 3, 2013
Felt Snow Flakes: Cutting Felt Perfectly
Winter is still in FULL SWING up here in Minnesota. Not only did we get a few inches of snow in the last few days, but the temp has been very chilly. I know, I talk about the weather a lot on here, but that's what we do in Minnesota! We talk about the weather all the time!
Today I have a little project that celebrates winter because not only are we crazy enough to live in Minnesota where it is winter half of the year, but we actually celebrate the season. There are countless polar plunges and the city of St. Paul has a festival to honor winter. That's right, we stand outside and freeze and call it fun. (sometimes I don't know why I live here...)
So this project is simple. Just cut out felt snow flakes and embellish--but I have a trick for you that will make your felt cutting so much easier: Clear Packing Tape.
Yup, Clear Packing Tape! If you have ever tried to make an exact cut out of felt you've probably realized that it can be difficult. And if you use straight pins to pin a pattern onto felt--it makes it even worse, causing the felt to bubble. So, enter Clear Packing Tape!
Here is the very simple How To get perfect felt cuts:
1. and 2. Create a pattern for your project. As you can see, my pattern is very simple.
3. Tape the pattern directly onto the felt, taping long strips of tape over the pattern and onto the exposed felt around the pattern. Note, the tape will stick to the felt that is outside of the pattern, so even if it does make the felt a little fuzzy when you pull it off it doesn't matter because the felt you are actually using is beneath the pattern. Genius right?!?
4. Using SHARP scissors, cut out the pattern. See, with the tape your pattern won't slip or bubble, so your final result will be perfect!
And presto--you have a better result that you would have with straight pins. Much better. And, if you want to reuse the pattern, just tape over it again.
Thanks, as always for being here,