When I was missing my scissors after a great cleanup lately I decided on creating embellishments for the book covers I had been working on that consists only of round shaped felt pieces, meaning: paper punched.
How do I use my paper puncher on felt?
To prevent the felt being torn by the puncher and not cut, I just apply a sheet of paper under the felt. If you iron on this material (could you please tell me how it is called in both languages, German and English?) the felt is even more "fray safe" and it can be just ironed on the fabric (iron from the fabric side!).
Of course it's possible to use any puncher, but when you use those scrap booking paper punchers, you will find that the felt is too thick to be inserted in order to be punched...
A small piece of paper will help you: Cut out felt in a size according to your puncher. Fold the paper and put in the felt.
Take the covered felt and pull carefully into your paper puncher - not so easy but it works...
Place the puncher on the FLOOR as you will (have to) step on it for punching. So, step, turn and check if the felt was spit out... if the felt still appears to be captured at some points, try using a pin to get it out. Carefully.
Another question was how I am cutting the slit for the cord into the fabric... not only in times of missing scissors I take a rotary cutter, fold the cover in half, wrong side facing and make a little cut into the edge. Don't cut too bounteously, it's always easy to cut a little more to make it fit!
Then you have been asking me about my printed tags... I guess some kind of alphabet stamps are available in your country, too. These rubber stamps and ink I am using are fun to play with and as quick as my paper puncher punched felt appliques.
Sorry for assuming you all have a blanketstitch on your sewing machines... I am so happy with my machine that I feel like we were together ever since, but actually I got her only last year... before that I haven't had all those fancy stitches... how quickly it's happening to get used to convenieant and pleasant things... I think for the book covers machine stitching is better working than handsewing, maybe a very dense zigzag stich. By varying your machine settings it is possible to create a satin stitch alike stitch which could work very well as a seam stitch. I would just try different stitches of your machine and see what's looking best.
PS: The scissors are back. But now my single puncher is gone, no joke!