How to cut small or detailed shapes from felt or fabric.

2 Jun

Today I thought I would share a handy tip from your handy tipster!

Sometimes when making a pattern or project you will find you have to cut out a tiny shape or even more difficult – a very detailed small shape.

When cutting  small shapes pins just aren’t an option so I thought I would share a little trick I use all the time to help with this exact issue…tape.

Yes, regular old tape, doesn’t matter if it’s gift tape, packing tape or cellophane tape the only requirement is that it be see through.

Step 1: Cut around your template as much as possible to remove unused portions of your image and tape down as shown: make sure you tape over the entire image .

Step 2: Cut through the tape to cut out your shape. Step 3: Once you are done your detailed piece will magically fall. Ok maybe it’s not magic but is sure does feel like it. Viola! No tape anyplace other than your paper template which you will find is sturdier and easier to reuse if needed.


If you do a lot of felt work you may want to look into nonstick scissors to keep your blades from gumming up.

Happy Crafting!

~ Andie

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9 Responses to “How to cut small or detailed shapes from felt or fabric.”

  1. Denise July 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Great tip! Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. hearttypat May 23, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    great tip! really! just what I needed! thank you!

  3. Pattie January 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Wow! Thanks for having the answers to my many questions (and more) about wool felt and felted wool! I have totally fallen in love with penny rugs and other woolen goodies, but still had some questions.

  4. kristyreal December 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Thanks. Fantastic tip!! I love your blog.

  5. cheryl December 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    OMW……this is such a great tip!!! Thanks :-)!

  6. Noeline April 28, 2022 at 8:19 pm #

    thankyou for sharing this idea about cutting small pieces of felt. So simple yet very effective. I am new to quiet books and really appreciate your help. Noeline


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