Of course I love all the products in my line, but this die, it seriously makes me swoon. I knew it was going to be super cute made of paper, but I found myself daydreaming about what it would look like from fabric. The second the prototype landed in my mailbox I was practically running to my fabric bin. It certainly did not disappoint! Die cutting fabric with thin dies can bring mixed results (thicker steel rule dies rock at cutting fabric and give you more options with fabric choices). You always want to test a scrap with your die before cutting into a nice piece of fabric. Generally speaking, with thin dies I have the best luck with fabrics that have a tight weave and more texture/substance. Something thin like cheesecloth doesn’t do as well as something heavier like crinoline and wool felt.
Notice I am saying WOOL felt. There are two types of felt- wool felt and craft felt made only with acrylic fibers. Craft felt is usually in the kids crafting sections and is very inexpensive. I have never had good luck with die cutting craft felt. Wool felt is a combination of natural wool and acrylic fibers. It is most often sold in fabric stores by the yard. It die cuts with thick and thin dies wonderfully.
Because wool felt has natural fibers you can dye it easily with the inks and sprays that you probably already have in your craft stash. Synthetic and acrylic fibers won’t take die because they can’t absorb it. I usually buy most of my wool felt in white or light cream and color it with spray inks like Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains or Dylusions Ink Sprays. (Check out my Christmas Banner tutorial to see how wool felt looks when dyed with Dylusions.)
For this tag book, I cut the cover and inside pages from off white wool felt. I assembled the book according to the directions, however I machine stitched the pages to the spine of the book. I layered vintage buttons with small and medium Pom Pom Posies also die cut from wool felt to create small flowers. I added a simple bow from vintage seam binding (one of my many collections), a label from a vintage thread spool, a scrap of vintage lace, and two green wool felt leaves.
I die cut the reinforcers from brown wool felt. If you have trouble glueing felt to felt, I urge you to try Therm O Web’s liquid Fabric Fuse. It is simply the best liquid adhesive I have tried for fabric to fabric projects. I love that it dries clear and doesn’t visibly soak into the fabric. You can’t even see that I had any seep out around the edge of the reinforcer.
The pages inside the book are plain for storing needles on. I plan to do another fabric book as a mini collection book with bits of vintage lace and buttons on the inside pages.
Isn’t it just so sweet? I simply love it! I hope it inspires you and tempts you to try wool felt. It is so wonderful for die cutting and the texture it adds… so swoon worthy!