Craft projects using felt have always been a little more challenging, simply because of how difficult it can be to cut through a lot of felt. But maybe you don’t have to cut until your hand starts cramping. If you’ve been wondering, “can the Cricut Maker cut felt?” The short answer is, yes, it can!
We’ll go through the basics of felt cutting with your Cricut, along with some pros and cons for using different felt types and blades.
Benefits of Using Felt for Crafting
Crafting with felt has been around for ages, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going out of fashion any time soon. The options for felt crafts are endless and range from felt flowers, finger puppets, and decorative ornaments to table runners, placemats, and even felt clothes. Whether the craft is meant to be family-friendly or a deluxe project, felt has you covered with a wide variety of colors and price points.
Using the Rotary Blade vs. the Fine Point Blade
Using the Cricut Rotary Blade
The rotary blade is better for cutting felt than the fine point blade. However, it is exclusive to the Cricut Maker. You’ll have an easier time cutting through your felt, especially if you’re using non-Cricut brand felt with the rotary blade. The rotary blade works like a pizza cutter and is ideal for felt projects!
Using the Cricut Fine Point Blade
If you have the Cricut Explore, then you’ll be wondering if cutting felt is even possible with your machine. The answer is still yes, but there are some details to cover first.
With the Cricut Explore, you’ll be using the fine point blade. Now, some users have mentioned that the Cricut “felt” setting couldn’t cut through Cricut Brand felt with the fine point blade, but if you move the pressure up to 185 and the multi-cut to 3x, you should be able to cut through both Cricut brand felt and wool blend felt without much difficulty.
It’s important to note that some parts still had to be cut with scissors after, so choosing less intricate designs when using the fine point blade is probably a better call. We don’t recommend cutting through regular acrylic felt with the fine point blade, as you won’t have much luck getting through the material.
See more information on what blades come with the Cricut Maker for further background.
What Types of Felt Can I Cut With Cricut?
Cricut Brand Felt
The Cricut website currently offers three different acrylic felt sampler bundles, each providing a variety of colors. Despite a couple of minor inconveniences, the Cricut felt can be a great, simple option to experiment with—especially if you’re new to crafting.
Pros for Cricut Brand Felt:
- There’s virtually no mess when using the Cricut brand felt.
- Its price point is relatively low.
- It’s the most compatible with Cricut machines.
Cons for Cricut Brand Felt:
- This felt is thinner than other acrylic, wool, or wool blend felts.
- Because of the thinness, certain projects might turn out different than with other felts.
- The color bundles are a bit limiting.
Acrylic felt is the easiest to find and is the most affordable option when working with felt. It’s offered in felt sheets, as well as rolls, depending on your specific felt needs. You can also try using an old mat (that still has some stick left in it!) if you’re using acrylic felt instead of making a new mat messy after one use.
Pros for Using Acrylic Felt
- This is the cheapest felt option.
- It’s the easiest to find at craft stores and online.
- It comes in a wide variety of colors.
Cons for Using Acrylic Felt
- The synthetic fibers used in acrylic felt are usually more linty than wool or wool blends.
- You’ll notice way more lint on your mat after cutting acrylic felts with the Cricut.
Wool Blend Felt
Wool blend felt is usually a mixture of wool and synthetic fibers like rayon or polyester.
Pros for Using Wool Blend Felt
- It’s higher in quality than acrylic felt (meaning that it’s more durable and less linty).
- It’s still easy to find online and in stores.
Cons for Using Wool Blend Felt
- It’s still messy when compared to the Cricut brand felt.
- It’s more expensive than acrylic felts.
100% Wool Felt
100% wool felt is the highest quality felt you can get and is the best option for projects like clothes and jackets.
Pros for Using 100% Wool Felt
- This is arguably the highest quality felt out there.
- It’s very durable and less linty than acrylic or wool blends.
- It’s easier to cut through with the Cricut than acrylic felts.
Cons for Using 100% Wool Felt
- It’s messier than the Cricut brand felt.
- Its price point is higher than acrylic and wool blend felts.
- It’s difficult to find 100% wool felt online.
How To Cut Felt With the Cricut Maker Using the Rotary Blade
Cutting felt with your Cricut Maker is similar to using any other material. You’ll select the correct type of felt from the list in design space and install your rotary blade. Lay the felt piece on your mat and smooth it out (no bubbles). And then, you can load your design the way you would with paper or vinyl. There are plenty of video tutorials out there that can guide you through making the cut—literally.
But there are a few quick tips that can help make the process easier for you. First, take time to think about the purpose of your felt project before picking your material. Who is it for? Will it need to survive multiple holiday seasons? Is this a craft for the kids?
Next, try to keep your designs simple while you’re getting a feel for your material. Cricut brand acrylic felt will work the best for more intricate shapes, but there’s nothing a little “craftiness” can’t fix if you’re using more difficult felts. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your favorite craft scissors handy to snip through any bits that the Cricut misses. So grab that felt, and let’s get crafty!