Friends, did you know Die cutting felt is a possible? I’m here to tell you all about it today! In addition, I’ll be sharing a fun floral notebook project that is so cute and easy to make
Before diving into die cutting felt, make sure to start from the beginning and check out my intro How to use your Die Cutting Machine. For more inspiration, I also have many Notebook Cover Ideas for you to try.
This post was created in partnership with Crafter’s Edge. All opinions, project ideas, and craftiness are my own 🙂
cutting dies for felt
Previously, with the die-cutting machines I had, I needed to crank the handle so hard to try and pass the felt sheets through. With those machines, die cutting felt was not a happy process. However, now with the Crossover 2 die cutting machine, I learned the true joy of die cutting felt in one easy move. This machine uses an additional steel sheet that applies even pressure onto the cutting dies for felt!
Supplies you will need:
- A simple notebook: There are a many simple stitched notebooks available online. However, today I actually made my own simple notebook. I’ll leave a link to my notebook tutorial video at the bottom of this post.
- Crossover 2 die cutting machine
- Die set of choice: I’m creating a floral design today using this Posey Flower 1 Set
- Felt sheets that are large enough to cover your notebook front. I’ve used a mix of wool felt and craft felt and got great results with both!
- A pair of scissors
- Tombow Mono Multi Glue- This glue is great to adhere felt to paper!
Die cutting felt Tutorial:
Step by step tutorial for die cutting felt and creating a notebook cover
Total Time: 45 minutes
First, die cut your felt flowers
The Crossover 2 comes with a special metal shim plate that you include in your die sandwich. After that, one run through the die cut machine and you’ll have beautiful felt flowers!
Cut and measure felt for your book cover, die cut flowers.
First, measure your felt and cut a rectangle just a tad larger (about 1/4 inch on all sides) for the book cover. Next, die cut a floral pattern design from the cover front as seen below. We’ll call this the floral die cut window.
Arrange your die cut inlays
Mix and match your florals and leaves to fill in the die cut floral spaces. After that, take a photo of this arrangement on your phone as a reference.
Apply adhesive to the entire book front
Add a an even layer of tacky glue like the MONO multi glue onto the entire book front.
Place the felt book cover onto the adhesive
Lift and carefully center your design and place the cover with the die cut windows onto the book cover. Next, fill in all the die cut windows with the different colored felt flowers from step 1. Press down firmly.
Let the adhesive set for a few minutes
The tacky glue holds onto the felt quickly, and you will be left with a small felt overhang all around when the book is opened.
Trim off the excess felt overhang
Using a sharp pair of scissors, carefully trim off all of the felt overhang to finish off the book.
Die cutting felt
And that’s it, your felt-covered notebooks are ready to use! I absolutely love the felt texture! You might also enjoy seeing how I made stuffed felt flowers, rolled flowers, felt hearts or felt coasters using dies.
There are numerous reasons to love these books. They are cute, the flowers are both adorable and colorful. But above all, the felt begs you to run your hand over it.
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Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to not cut your flower window design too close to the edge. For instance, I found it really difficult to fit the die cut felt into the purple example in step 2)
- To get a nice flat finish, place a sheet of paper or an old towel on top of the book cover to and press evenly on top all over.
DIY Notebook video:
Below is the video for making your own notebook, because why buy it when you can make it? Here is how you can make a book at home