How to Cut Felt with a Die Cut Machine

Posted by Renae Bradley on 15 June, 2017 10 comments

 how to die cut felt

Two questions I get asked all the time: "How do you cut your shapes so perfect?" and "Can I die-cut felt?!" Yes, I say while nodding my head enthusiastically! You can die cut felt -it creates perfect edges every time and makes Benzie's felt even more versatile and production friendly. 

Make felt flowers quick and easy

It is important to first note that there are two categories of machines: electronic and manual. Manual machines have been the most fool-proof option for our felt crafting uses and we will talk about them today. 

kind of die cuts for felt

There a several different brands of manual machines and dies available and most are are interchangeable using a combination of platforms and shims. We really love Sizzix's brand of machines and dies. The machines feel substantial and have held up to thousands and thousands of cuts (we cut A LOT of felt here!). We love them so much we offer our favorite machines and dies right in our shop!

There are two main categories of dies: wafer thin dies and steel rule dies. Wafer thin dies are the flat silver ones shown in the above photo -they have a little raised border that cuts the felt when rolled through a die cut machine. Steel rule dies are approximately 3/4" thick dies encased in foam (the black die shown in the photo). Both dies work with our felt -but we have found the steel rule dies are are foolproof AND you can cut multiple layers of felt at one time -it's magical!

how to die cut felt

To get a perfect cut you will first need to make up a 'die-cut sandwich'. The basic level sandwich starts with a cutting pad, a steel rule die, a sheet of felt and is topped with a second cutting pad. Cutting pads are clear acrylic rectangles that the die cuts into as they cut the felt. Don't let this alarm you -they last for hundreds (and hundreds!) of cuts but you can alway purchase replacement ones when they wear out! Benzie's wool blend felt is a great match to die cuts -use our 6x9" sheets -they fit in the machine perfectly! 

Using thin dies to cut felt

To use the wafer thin dies -you'll need the addition of the 'multipurpose platform'. This will give you just the thickness needed to cut the felt! Occasionally you will find that the thin dies are not cutting well -we have found adding a card stock shim in addition to the platform provides just enough pressure to give the felt a clean cut! We give more tips about the thin dies in this fun banner tutorial
 Die Cut Machine for crafters

Now take your sandwich and roll it though the machine.

Die Cut felt flowers

Remove the sandwich from the machine and see what you have! We used the Camellia steel rule die to make these fun flower shapes! 

How to make felt flowers

We turned the flat petals into dimensional flowers by forming the flowers around a felt ball using a little hot glue! This die has a lot of possibilities!

Easy die cut felt flowers

You'll be making full felt bouquets (or bows or garlands or animal friends) in no time at all with a few time saving tools! Happy crafting friends! 

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  1. Marla April 23, 2018

    I have a specific pattern the is a little complex. Where can I find a company that can make a Die for this pattern?

  2. Anita Nay March 26, 2018

    YOUR TUTORIAL ON CUTTING FELT WITH A DIE CUTTING MACHINE IS SO VERY HELPFUL, THANKS

  3. Jonatan January 31, 2018

    Good morning!
    I am Jonatan, from Spain. I have a company that build a craft product with felt as a main material.

    To improve the process, we have thought to buy a die-cutting and we have arrived to your website and I have a question.

    Would it be possible to have our own design of die-cutting? Could you give me a special prize for a company?

    Or, if you don’t have this service, maybe you know a company that could help me.

    Thank you very much in advance!

  4. Lisa January 19, 2018

    How do you cut some of the pieces in a different color? Or do you have to cut all the pieces each time on the same piece of felt?

  5. Lisa January 15, 2018

    Is it necessary to get the magnetic platform when using the wafer thin dies? Thanks!

  6. Liz January 11, 2018

    Your flowers are gorgeous!! I am looking for a machine that I can use to cut strips of felt into circles. Preferable 2 together, but I want to be able to feed the whole strip of felt in and continuously cut circles. Could this machine do this, or do you know of another one that would be better. Thanks

  7. Benzie Design August 31, 2017

    Samantha -we haven’t done a tutorial on any electronic die cutters, let us know what you find that works!

  8. Benzie Design August 31, 2017

    Ali – I used to have a set of punches that I used for felt -but I found that this die cut method was better. Good luck!

  9. Ali Chen August 14, 2017

    Hi! This tutorial has helped me a lot! I was wondering, how do you cut the smaller felt fetti shapes? I am trying to find a time efficient way to cut a lot of small shapes for a diy project but it takes forever by rolling it through the sandwich each time. Is there something like a stamp punch that works with felt?

  10. Samantha July 24, 2017

    I have a Cricut Expressions 2 and I am wanting to use it to cut felt. Have you done a tutorial on this?