Cutting felt with the Cricut Explore

 

I read that the Cricut Explore could cut felt but I had never tried it before.  I had seen videos on YouTube showing how to cut felt with the various Cricut machines.  In one video I saw that, said that you have to starch the felt and wait 24 hours for it to dry before trying to cut it out.  Another showed that you had to run it through a Cuttlebug first to flatten it out.

I just figured I would have to try it myself to see what would and wouldn’t work for me.

So my first attempt was a bust.  I used Therm O Web HeatnBond  Ultra Hold Iron-on Adhesive to my felt and then tried to cut it.

Didn’t work like I had hoped.

I tried running it through my Grand Calibur.  I still didn’t get the results I was looking for.

Now I have to say that I did use the correct settings on the Cricut Explore for cutting felt.  I even changed the setting to cut a 3rd time.  What I noticed was that my cutting blade, which could have been slightly dull by then, was picking up some of the felt fibers and not making a clean cut.

My next step was to used the Cricut Deep cut housing and blade.

I removed the paper backing from the HeatnBond and placed my felt on my mat.
I reset my Cricut Explore setting for felt back to 2 cuts.
Hit Go to cut.

What a beautiful cut it made.  I was so happy with my results.  Using the Deep Cut housing and blade made a world of difference.

I am attaching a video of my final steps and the results.

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