As a beginning craft project, felt flowers are pretty much as easy as they come. And you can use them for holiday wreaths, decorating packages and gifts, and so much more.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to try a felt project, be sure to check out today’s felt flowers DIY because we’re sharing FIVE different ways to make them. And they’re all as easy as can be.
This guest post was written by Cathy of Catshy Crafts.
I’ve always loved felt. It’s easy to work with, relatively inexpensive and comes in a rainbow of colors. One of my favorite things to make out of felt are dimensional flowers. You can hot glue them to a hair clip or headband for a quick and easy hair accessory, use as a gift topper, make a felt flower wreath, or just give them as is.
I know my daughters can get pretty excited over a few hand-made blossoms. Today, I’ll show you how to make the three kinds of felt flowers (with 2 additional felt flower tutorial variations for a total of 5) that adorn my yarn-wrapped wreaths. Once you know the basics, you’ll be creating your own felt flower bouquets in no time.
Materials Needed to Make Felt Flowers
- 9 x 12 sheets of felt – Etsy has lots of great color options*
- embroidery thread and needle
- pinking shears (optional)
- faux pearl or vintage button (optional)
- pins (optional)
*I linked some of my favorite felt sheet color combos and Etsy sources above the materials list. Just click any of those photos to go straight to the Etsy shop where the felt cane be purchased.
How to Make Felt Flowers 5 Ways
Felt Flowers Idea #1: How to Make Fringed Flowers
Step 1: Fold over over a sheet of felt lengthwise about 2.75 inches. With scissors, trim off excess so that you have a strip about 5.5 inches wide. This will give you a flower about 3.5 inches in diameter. For smaller flowers, make narrower strips.
Note: Usually when I am making felt flowers, I do not whip out the ruler, but I wanted to give you measurements for this tutorial. Once you get the hang of it, you probably won’t need a ruler either.
Step 2: With the strip still folded in half lengthwise, cut your felt on the non-folded side in even intervals about 1/2 away to 3/4 down. You may want to pin the folded strip before cutting, but I just use my hand to keep the felt folded, sliding it down as I cut.
Be careful not to cut all the way through your felt. The further you cut will determine how “open” your flower will be. For example, if you cut 3/4 down, you’ll get a more open, floppier flower.
If you cut 1/2 way down, your flower will stay tighter in the bud, so to speak. Another tip: You can also change up how wide or narrow you cut your felt strips for a different look.
Step 3: Starting at one end, snugly roll your fringed strip until you get to the other end. From there you can peel back the layers of fringe to poof up your flower. Feel free to give your rolled flower a haircut, trimming fringe that are uneven or too long for your taste.
Step 4: Now it’s time to sew. Thread your embroidery needle with embroidery thread. Starting at the point where you finished rolling your strip in step 3, push your needle through all the layers of felt.
Turn your flower 90 degrees and repeat, again pushing your needle through all the layers. In other words, the second stitch should be perpendicular to your first stitch.
This should be enough to secure the flower. If not, make a few more stitches. When you’re ready, tie a knot, snip the excess thread.
Step 5 (optional): Add faux pearl or vintage button to the center for a little glam.
Felt Flowers Idea #2: Loopy Felt Flowers
Step 1: To get the loopy flowers, the same steps apply as above.
The only difference is that you will cut on the folded side in step 2. See photo for side-by-side comparison.
Felt Flowers Idea #3: Rosette Felt Flower
These little guys are one of my favorites to make because they are so easy. And they look like little felt roses, so what’s not to love?
Step 1: Cut out a free-form circle of felt about 4 inches in diameter. No need to be a perfect circle, but if you need a little help you can always use a template (i.e. trace around a jar lid onto paper and cut out).
As before, the measurements do not matter all that much, there are just here to give you a starting point.
Step 2: Starting at any point on the circle, begin cutting a spiral. I find that it is easier to rotate your felt as you cut, instead of moving your scissors around the felt.
Cut all the way around until you reach the middle of the circle and are left with a little center tab.
Step 3: Pick up the end of the spiral on the outside of the circle and roll snugly until you reach the end of the spiral on the inside of the circle. The tab I mentioned in step two will rest nicely on the bottom, serving as a little base for your rosette.
Your rosette will end up being about 1 1/2 inches in diameter (compared to the 4 inch circle you started out with).
Step 4: Now, it’s time to sew. Turn your felt flower over. Find that little tab again. That’s where you will begin sewing, pushing your needle through the tab and picking up a few layers of felt. Repeat, again using the tab as your starting point.
Keep sewing, until all your layers are secure. It usually takes 3 or 4 stitches depending on how big your flower is. If it’s a really big flower, I like to make sure it’s secure by gently pulling on the layers.
If any give way, I just tuck them back in and add another stitch or two.
Now that you know the basics, here are a couple variations.
Felt Flowers Idea #4: Wavy Rosette Felt Flower
For this version, you get a fuller flower, with curved, wavy leaves.
Step 1: To start, cut a wavy circular shape instead of circle.
Step 2: Starting at any point, begin cutting a spiral, following the outline of the wavy circle. Again, I find that it is easier to rotate your felt as you cut, instead of moving your scissors around the felt.
Cut all the way around until you reach the middle of the circle and are left with that little center tab.
Steps 3 and 4 are the same as the standard rosette.
Felt Flowers Idea #5: Pinked Edge Rosette Felt Flower
For this rosette, simply use pinking shears instead of a standard pair of scissors to cut your circle and spiral. When you’re done with that, try a wavy circle with your pinking shears. Or a loopy flower. You get the picture.
So I hope this will get you started on making your own pretty felt flowers!
So which felt flower idea is your favorite? Fringe, loopy, or rosette? And how do you plan to use these little guys for your next craft project? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.