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Old 01-05-2009, 01:06
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Default Using a Coluzzle (or something else?) for cutting circles for fabric buttons?

Hey all,

I find myself cutting a LOT of 1 and 3/4 inch circles these days out of fabric for my 7/8 inch buttons. I had recycled some clear plastic to make a template for tracing, but the hand cutting is slow going! I'm not a scrapbooker, so I know absolutely nothing about a Coluzzle, but does anyone have experience with using these to cut fabric? I'm looking at this item on Ebay and she says you use it with a Guarded Swivel Knife. Will that cut fabric? I haven't checked yet to see if one of the circle sizes is 1 and 3/4 inches, but if so, I'd like to try this.

I tried using a Fiskars Circle Cutter and ended up taking it right back to Michaels as there was no way to hold the fabric down well...

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Sizzix machine with "originals" dies cut though a number of layers of fabric really really well---I can cut 4 or 5 layers of felt at a time easily...
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Yeah, I thought about using my die cut machine (that I just got as an early b'day present!), but then I can't see the print through the die to center it. On those expensive Japanese kawaii fabrics, I don't want to waste any with trial and error...
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Bumping this up in case anyone has Coluzzle experience or a better idea -- any scrapbookers out there who have tried this gadget with fabric?
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Default Re: Using a Coluzzle (or something else?) for cutting circles for fabric buttons?

I don't prefer Coluzzle....especially for the smaller sizes...makes a raggedy cut, and you still have to finish cutting them by hand.

Here's what I do...iron on Reynolds Freezer Paper to the back of your fabric.

Get a round Fiskars Squeeze Punch - they have different sizes, so take a couple sample circles with you when you purchase - they're very easy to use, they're already "flipped" so you can see what you're cutting.

Punch out your circles and remove the paper - sometimes it just falls right off, sometimes you can squeeze and push the circle between your thumb and finger and the paper will fall off, once in awhile you have to pick it off...

It takes much less time, it's clean-cutting....works for me and the paper is great for this....quilters, sewers, use it for making applique patterns. It's reusable for several more tries...though I'm not sure you would want to re-iron those small pieces....

Sorry it took so long to answer; I forgot to post to it earlier.
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I have a Coluzzle, have used it for years for Scrapbooking. Not sure how it would work on fabric.. the rotating blade and the fabric fibers might not work together. kwim? I think it would more pull the fabric than cut it.
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I don't prefer Coluzzle....especially for the smaller sizes...makes a raggedy cut, and you still have to finish cutting them by hand.

Here's what I do...iron on Reynolds Freezer Paper to the back of your fabric.

Get a round Fiskars Squeeze Punch - they have different sizes, so take a couple sample circles with you when you purchase - they're very easy to use, they're already "flipped" so you can see what you're cutting.

Punch out your circles and remove the paper - sometimes it just falls right off, sometimes you can squeeze and push the circle between your thumb and finger and the paper will fall off, once in awhile you have to pick it off...

It takes much less time, it's clean-cutting....works for me and the paper is great for this....quilters, sewers, use it for making applique patterns. It's reusable for several more tries...though I'm not sure you would want to re-iron those small pieces....

Sorry it took so long to answer; I forgot to post to it earlier.
Thank you! Just the brilliant idea I had been looking for!!!
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