DIY: The Step by Step Guide to Felt Flowers Five Ways

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 glue them to a hair clip or headband for a quick and easy hair accessory, use as a gift topper 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 flowers (with 2 additional variations for a total of 5) that adorn my yarn-wrapped wreaths. Once you know the basics, you’ll be creating your own bouquets in no time.

Materials:

1. 9 x 12 sheets of felt in colors you love 2. Scissors 3. Embroidery thread and needle 4. Pinking shears (optional) 5. Faux pearl or vintage button (optional) 6. Pins (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

1. 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 farther 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 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.

2. Loopy flowers

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).

3. Rosette

These little guys are one of my favorites to make because they are so easy!

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: Time to sew! Turn over your flower. 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.

4. Wavy rosette

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.

5. Pinked edge rosette

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 one is your favorite? Fringe, loopy, or rosette?

Share your opinion in the comments below.

 Cathy, designer and owner of Catshy Crafts, is a crafter at heart, memory keeper for life, and lover of handmade and DIY.  Through her hand-crafted goods, photography and paper and digital scrapbooking, she loves to celebrate the everyday and the special days of her life. She lives in a 1959 red rambler in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her indie game developer husband, two darling daughters, and calico cat. You can visit Cathy at her blog Catshy.

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I LOVE THIS! So clever!

Robin Hanning

Love these tutorials! These flowers would also be great for decorating presents.

tute-bot

I totally agree tute-bot. That’s why I thought it was perfect to put this up right before Christmas. I have never wanted to make felt flowers more than I do right now. I am so pleased that Cathy shared this with papernstitch.
-Brittni

papernstitch

these are great! the assortment works so well together with your color choices! can’t wait to try this!

erin

Thanks Robin, Tute-bot and Erin!

And I hope you do make them Brittni 🙂 (And thanks again for letting me guest-post on the pns blog today! )

-cathy

Cathy Pascual

Loopy!

Jeanee

Oh wow, makes great “ribbons” for presents this Christmas!

Ann Jefferson

Jeanee – I love the loopy one too!
Ann – great idea!

Cathy Pascual

Let me check if I have some fabric at hand. I will definite try some and put them on my little one’s clothes!
Thank you for your sharing!

Lu

Another great idea, Lu. I love hearing what everyone would do with their little felt flowers!

Cathy Pascual

thank you! i love all of these.. they look so good together!

jonahliza

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I love all of these felt flowers and plan to try them in January!
Can you tell me a good source for felt? There is none available in pretty colors where I live.
Thanks…

Sarah

wavy rosette is my fav!! these flowers look great and your tutorial explained everything, I am excited to give it a try!

nsharin

Sarah — Thanks for your comment! I use craft felt from the big box craft stores like Joann or Michaels. But I would also love to experiment with 100% wool felt soon. Hope that helps!

Cathy Pascual

Thanks nsharin for the feedback! Wavy rosettes are one of my faves too!

Cathy Pascual

Great tutorial! Thanx so much for sharing.

Kristina

Thanks Kristina!

BTW, I just posted a few pics showing the felt flower as a gift topper as some of you suggested! You can check it out on my blog. Thanks!

Cathy Pascual

Terrific post / tutorial, Cathy!!! I can’t wait to try it!! Do you recommend a brand of felt?

Corinne

you rock. your tutiroals are the BEST!!!!

marlene

Thanks Corrine!
I used craft felt from Joanns or Michaels, but I am experiments with wool felt and wool blend. I ordered a bunch from Etsy. I’ll let you know how I like it!

Marlene — Thanks! I have more on the way!

Cathy Pascual

I like the loopy one but the rosette is a very close second

Sierra

I love that looped one! So pretty! Have plans in mind to make a statement necklace so will give it a go!

Sarah Adie

I love that looped one! So pretty! Have plans in mind to make a statement necklace so will give it a go!

Sarah Adie

Thanks Sierra and Sarah! I’m so glad you are all enjoying the tutorial.

Cathy

How do you attach the flowers to your wreath? I’m having trouble doing that! I loev the looped ones best!

dania

freakin’ cool! I love felt for Kids Sewing. They will love this!
Clever!

Barbara Z

love your simple and yet comprehensive tutorial… I just love the felt flowers

handicraftpassion

thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial. Love the beautiful flowers you have created

handicraftpassion

Dania — Just saw your question — I use a hot glue gun to attach to the wreath. Because the flowers are so large, I want to use a pretty strong adhesive. I haven’t tried Fabritac or Felt Glue but those might work too.

Cathy Pascual

Thank you for the tutorial! My fav is the wavy rosette.

Crystal Jeffries

Really great tute with such easy to follow instructions and pictures! The wreath in the opening shot is beautiful… I want a couple for my front entry 🙂

Jane

Ya es primavera! Aunque en Madrid no lo parece… http://t.co/yPXEjR9K

Cuento Cuentas (@CuentoCuentas)

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Lynne Knowlton (@lynneknowlton)

Felt is the new yarn isnt it!! RT @lynneknowlton: RT – DIY: The Step by Step Guide to Felt Flowers Five Ways http://t.co/LKncOJdP

ThreeWildWomenOttawa (@3wildwomenott)

Wonderful tutorial!

Kari - the Sweetest Memory

All of them are FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Genny

What an awesome tutorial on these flowers. Just sat here and made some- they are wonderful! 🙂

Thanks for sharing

Jodi

i lloved them all cant wait to try them myself

bette schlup

thanks

sara

It’s a beautiful wreath and such an easy to follow tutorial. I put it to good use on my own wreath! Thank you so much for sharing!

Melissa

I just accidental

found your site on Etsy and love your idea and can’t wait to try them…xo

Betty Horne

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Love the wavy rosette! Can’t wait to make so on put on,a fleece hat I made!

Anna

I will try to make the rose sets, my fav. Flower is a rose.

Judi

Thanks for your easy tutorials. I gave you a shout out on my blog when I was successful making felt rosettes after finding your post!

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Nusra

Thanks so much!!!!!

akkelly

Do you make the yarn wreath too? Love it on that and finished my flowers and want to make the wreath. It’s so cute!

Sara

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I love all these flowers, can’t wait to get me some felt so I can play!

lisa arnett

My fav is the wavy rosette, but I also love your loopy one. They’re all so creative and cute. Thanks for sharing.

MimiSis

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Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Used it to make some flowers for my wreath and love how they turned out http://modern-mint.com/diy-halloween-yarn-wreath/

Amanda

I just adore these flowers! Thanks for sharing!

Connie

most beautiful rosettes i have ever seen

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