I only wish that I had bought a Cricut sooner! Then, I could have been making tons of felt eyes for all of my crochet amigurumi for the past few years. As soon as I received my Cricut Maker, I definitely knew that I wanted to learn how to make felt eyes for all of my amigurumi projects, especially since I had been seeing all of the jumbo plushies that everyone has been making.
It’s really simple and takes very little supplies (as long as you already have a Cricut Maker, lol)
Cutting the Felt
I will go ahead and start off by telling you that I am in no way an expert with my Cricut, at least not yet, LOL. But, I will share with you a couple different things that I encountered when I tried to make my felt eyes.
I tried multiple times to cut through the felt with just my fine point blade on my Cricut…..I never could get the blade to cut all the way through the felt. It basically just left an indention in the felt. I had placed my felt on a pink fabric grip mat and that still didn’t help. So, I swapped out the fine point blade for the rotary cutter blade on my Maker. It worked like a charm. But, I also know that the rotary blade is exclusive for the Cricut Maker.
***UPDATE*** I have learned a trick as how to cut through felt with any of the Cricut machines! Whether it’s the Joy, Explore Air or the Maker, you can cut it with the fine point blade. View THIS POST for all the details!
Now, I know what some of y’all are saying….You want to make felt eyes with your Cricut Explore or the Cricut Joy. I’ve read that the fine point blade is supposed to cut through felt. I will say that I did NOT use the Cricut brand felt. I just used the regular felt that you can buy at any craft store or even Walmart. Mine that I bought was only $0.33 a piece. So, that being said….That may have been my problem with trying to cut it with the fine point blade.
I’ve read that the Cricut brand felt is thinner and made from a different material than the cheap acrylic felt that I used. So, if you have an Explore or a Joy, I’d definitely say to buy the Cricut Brand Felt or you may just have a hot mess on your hands and probably get frustrated.
You can find a post HERE where a fellow blogger tried different types of felt with different Cricuts. She will show you the different results and this may be of some help to you.
But, if you have a Maker, don’t waste your time with the fine point blade, just use the rotary blade!
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Your Heat Source
Since I’m using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) also known as Iron On, you will need a heat source. I have used a regular household iron, before I bought my Cricut Easypress Mini. The Mini EasyPress is the absolute perfect size for making these felt eyes! It really doesn’t take much heat at all, so if you have just a regular iron that will get the job done too.
If you are using a regular iron, just make sure to empty all of the water out if the iron because you don’t need any moisture when applying the heat and set it on the cotton setting.
Supplies You Will Need –
- Cricut Maker (Use the Rotary Blade)
- Black Felt
- White HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
- Fabric Grip Mat (pink mat)
- Standard Grip Mat (green mat)
- Cricut EasyPress Mini or a Regular Household Iron
- Cricut Easy Press Mat or a Fluffy Towel
How to Make Felt Eyes –
If you are a visual learner and want to watch me explain every step in more detail, I made a YouTube video for this particular tutorial. You can view it below! I take you into Design Space and show you how to create you different sized circles.
Let’s get started!
Head on over to your Cricut Design Space and start a new project. On the left side, go down to shapes and select circle. Go ahead and add 3 circles to your design space.
For the black felt piece, I sized it down to 1” across.
For the 2 smaller parts of the eyes, go ahead and change both of the circles to white
Then size the bigger of the 2 down to .36 and the smallest down to .20
Now, I will line up my white circles on top of my black circle. When I have them exactly where I want them, I will move the black circle out from behind them, hold my mouse down over them and then click the weld button to keep them together.
Now, just click duplicate for each set of circles. You could easily print off a dozen pairs or so at one time to save time in the long run. Just press duplicate for as many pairs as you want
Press the green make it button in the top right corner and prepare your mats.
I placed my felt on a pink fabric grip mat and my HTV on a green standard grip mat with the shiny side down. Then, cut out your felt and HTV with your Cricut
Once you have your pieces cut out and separated, place 2 felt circles on your mat or towel. Place the HTV on the felt circles in the correct spot
Set your EasyPress Mini to the lowest setting, once it turns green it’s ready to go
Press with a little pressure for about 5 seconds. Peel the backing off of the HTV while it’s still hot. If the backing doesn’t want to come off, press for an additional 5 seconds. The backing should let go very easily.
And that’s how easy it is to make your very own Felt Eyes!
Now you can make your own for all of your projects! Happy Crafting!
I hope that you have found this tutorial helpful! I love to see what everyone makes using inspiration from my blog! Be sure to tag me @okiegirlblingnthings on Instagram so I can see!