I’m a rebel crafter. Which means I’m so curious I am sometimes willing to go a bit rogue and take chances.
I used my thin etched dies to cut felt! Please note: you can easily cut felt with most of our thin dies (basic, non detailed shapes) and they will cut it rather well. It does depend on the kind of felt, and the cheapest felt will not cut at all or will cut very bad. High quality felt that cuts beautifully using thin dies and it will not damage your die.
I snipped the designs for my Holiday 2017 collection as I always do – cutting each image freehand using only scissors. The designs work so well in a wide variety of projects, and I wanted to give my favorite little girl a special piece to wear for Christmas.
I bought the cheapest, thinnest white felt I could find for cutting, and nice, thick red felt for the backing. I ran the thin felt through my Platinum die cutting machine making six passes to be sure the cloth had the best possible chance to cut completely. I used my Snow Ball die and cut two pieces. Then I gently pulled the scrap from the cuts, which worked out flawlessly.
I cut two layers of lovely thick felt for the backing and stitched them together, then glued the silhouettes on with Alene’s OK to Wash It fabric glue. In advance I measured the circumference of the wearer’s head and made sure that the headband piece and the elastic together made up the proper length. In this case, the circumference was 19” for a six year old little girl.
The basic headband was ready for embellishing. It only needed a little bling and embroidery to bring out the Scandinavian feel. I added a piece of decorative wide elastic to each side and it was finished. I won’t abuse my die again but I do love the wide headband. I have a feeling it will be just the right gift for a special little someone, perfect for our family’s Scandinavian holiday celebrations.