Re-stick your cutting mat

After using the Cricut Explore for cutting felt more than 10 times, I realized that the adhesive part is not that adhesive any more! One first thought was to use a double sided tape to keep my felt sheets in place while cutting. But when you use the tape for the first time, it is very strong and removing the felt designs, without destroying them, is really difficult. And also, it remains sticky for only 3-4 times, so it costs too much to cover all your mat again. So, I googled…

The first thing I found is that I had to clear my mat, since another additional problem was that the mat wasn’t clean at all. To remove all the felt remains and make my mat as adhesive as possible I used the double tape again…. but this time it worked!!!

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It removes everything and can be used both sides!

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And now? How to re-stick it? After cleaning my mat I started searching for an adhesive material to re-stick my mat. I finally decided to order the Zig Two way glue.

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I was impressed with the result, but I don’t know how long it will last and how often should I do the same process. For the moment… I can cut my felt pieces easy and fast!

Cheers!

  

Cut felt using Freezer paper


Let’s say that you downloaded a baby mobile pattern and want to cut all those tiny pieces to create a cute plushie. I know that it is very difficult to follow the pattern lines especially for pieces such as the eyes.

Today I started making a safari mobile for a baby shower and tried to use the magic Freezer paper!

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I used different types of felt and decided that the best for those little stuffed animals is the premium wool blend felt. I ordered the one with 40% wool. For experimenting a bit, I tried to use freezer paper with synthetic felt. The result is not the same.

This is the process for the premium wool blend felt:

  1. Cut out all templates of the appliques you want to create.
  2. Trace around each template onto freezer paper; iron the freezer paper to the felt. Keep ironing for about 10 seconds on each area.
  3. Cut out each piece of felt along the pattern lines. Peel off the paper.
  4. Start sewing!!!


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Hope this makes you life easier 🙂

A dog applique

Hi there!

Today I decided to create the first dog appliqué for my daughter’s bed playhouse! She asked for a vet playhouse this time. She loves watching Doc Mcstuffins and came up with the vet playhouse idea! Isn’t it great?

Here is the design we draft together:

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and here is the first applique. She decided to use different colors than the design. All the others are coming within the next days!

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I used my new Cricut Explore machine and the new felt rolls I just received from Amazon. I cut the pieces first and then I used fabric glue to put all together. Now my appliqué is ready for sewing on the playhouse… when the playhouse “walls” are ready 🙂

Use white, cream and gray felt for the body and head of the dog and small black pieces for the eyes and nose. You can draw or embroider the mouth line.

Here is the dog pattern. Use A4 paper size for printing the pattern.

Dog Pattern PDF

Enjoy!
    

 

Come back!!!

I am back again!

After a long period of silence, I decided to re-activate my blog and share some new ideas!

First of all, I bought this new amazing cutting machine, Cricut Explore with a wireless blue-tooth adapter and started cutting felt.

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You can find the newest version here.

Not that easy though…

The machine came with four mats, the one is Strong Grip type, suitable for cutting felt. For thin bonded felt you can directly use the mat, sticking the felt on it. The result is amazing!!!

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But if you want to keep your mat sticky for a long period you have to find another solution. Heat’n Bond? Glue spray? I am still try to find which is the best solution.

For the moment, I already completed my first project… Cookies 🙂

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I cut all the pieces with my new machine and I am very excited to create new staff for my daughter!

All the best,

Under the sea playhouse

Both sides of the play house have excellent detail; from the beach scene with treasure chest, the giant squid, the octopus and fishes with bubbles… Your child with have many hours of fun pretending to be under the sea and on a beach full of treasure.

This playhouse includes a rounded window, a roll up door and lots of felt or fabric embellishments.

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