When the Cricut Maker was announced in Salt Lake City over the summer, I was one of the people in the audience who got teary. The Explore has a special place in my heart because it showed me what a cutting machine could do, but I always wanted a bit more out of it. I use felt all the time, and while the Explore could cut it, you had to use interfacing and the cuts weren’t overly clean. I made this Felt Leaf Hot Pad to really see how well the Maker could cut felt and it didn’t disappoint at all.
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Using images found in Design Space, I created my design.
The Cricut Maker made short but exacting work of the circles and leaves. The rotary blade never caught on the felt, which is something that used to happen with the Explore.
I was even able to cut the Insul-Bright easily–there’s a setting already in the cut list for the Maker!
All the felt pieces were cut perfectly. The leaves had a lot of detail and the points didn’t tear away.
I laid out the leaves how I wanted them to be on one piece of green felt.
I chose thread colors that matched the felt as closely as possible and stitched the leaves onto the green circle.
Once all the leaves were on, I created a “sandwich” –green circle, Insul-Bright, stitched leaf top–and used a blanket stitch to close up the entire piece.
The Felt Leaf Hot Pad is great for a tea pot or carafe of coffee. It would look great on your table for fall meals and has the super huge perk of being usable for hot dishes.
I made a quick set of matching coasters to make a nice set!
I’m just in love with how clean all of the felt was cut with the Cricut Maker. I can go back and look at old posts and remember how I struggled with felt and the Explore. Don’t get me wrong–the Explore is a great machine! For papers, vinyl, and even balsa wood, the Explore is absolutely fantastic. I’m just really excited for the clean cuts the Maker gives to felt and fabric as those are my major crafting interests. I kept waiting for one of the felt leaves to shred, but my Felt Leaf Hot Pad turned out perfectly.
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