Tools for Making Felt Flowers
In this post, I will be going over my favourite tools for crafting with felt to make felt flowers. It is not necessary to get everything at once, read on to see which ones I think are the bare minimum to get started. You can slowly invest in more tools as you discover the joy of felt crafting!
The Surebonder glue gun with a fine tip for detailed work is essential when you're making felt flowers so your work stays neat. I love this glue gun because you can control exactly how much glue comes out. You can also purchase it on our website here.
Tweezers with a thin end are very helpful when rolling up the centre of felt flowers.
A good pair of scissors goes a long way when it comes to felt. The first pair I recommend are the EK Success Precision-Cut scissors. These cut through felt with ease and come in really handy if you make a mistake. The ends are so sharp that if you glue a petal on the wrong spot for example, you can easily make cuts to separate the two pieces of felt and re-glue it so your whole piece isn’t ruined. I have also heard rave reviews on the Fiskars 5" RazorEdge Micro-Tip Easy Action Shears though I have never tried them myself. They are most likely even better since they are Fiskars and easier on the hand.
The next pair of scissors I love are these Gingher Dressmaker’s Shears. They cut through felt so easily and you can do multiple layers at once. These are great for hand cutting your own petals and leaves, but are still great to have even if you don't.
In order to use your rotary cutter, you will need a cutting mat. I would say the bigger the better, but that’s up to you. I currently have the biggest size (24” x 36”) but it is probably not necessary for most. I would recommend at least the 12”x18” size so you have more room to work with.
You will also need a ruler to use with your rotary cutter and cutting mat. This Omnigrip Quilter's Ruler (2.5"x12.5") is a good option.
The Sizzix Big Shot is a die cutting machine and is very useful in cutting die cuts to make those beautiful flowers you see on Instagram. The possibilities are endless with all the different dies that are available. This method is fast, efficient, and makes clean cuts each time. It is a great option if you do not want to hand cut your petals. I will be making a tutorial on how to use the Sizzix later on.
You’ll need to purchase dies to use with your Sizzix machine. The most common types are wafer thin dies and steel rule dies. I love steel rule ones because you can cut 4 layers of felt at a time vs. only one layer with the wafer thin ones. Sizzix steel rule dies are called Sizzix 'Bigz'. You can also use other dies from different brands such as Spellbinders. The most common steel rule die everyone starts with is the rolled rose die called 'Flowers 3-D'. I will be doing a tutorial on how to roll felt flowers later on as well.
As you can see, these items can quickly add up. To start, I would recommend picking up a good pair of precision cut scissors, some wool blend felt, and a glue gun. You can experiment with what you like and decide to expand your tools later on. You can also find die cuts on our shop to start before you invest in dies and a die cutting machine.
I hope you found this helpful, let me know if you have any questions or comments or decide to try something out! If you have more experience with working with felt, let me know if you've learned something new!
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