Learn How to Make Felt Flowers with Easy Tutorials
Make Your Own Beautiful Felt Flowers
Tips, free patterns and tutorials for instructions on how to make your own felt flowers. Use them as pins, or on hats and bags, or make a felt flower scarf, wreath or bouquet. I think you'll get addicted to making these beautiful flowers, like me! All the patterns are easy and quick to follow and only require a few basic supplies. Use acrylic felt, or wool felt for extra richness. Most of these tutorials can be made without sewing. Enjoy learning to make these felt flowers!
Learn How to Make Felt Flowers
4 Basic Methods
Felt flowers are usually made by one of four basic techniques - some use a combination of them.The effect of creating a particular flower (rose, mums, peony, daisy, etc) is achieved by shaping or cutting the top of the felt petals in different ways.
These methods are;
- Rolled - the flower is made by rolling and glueing or sewing a felt strip - cut in a spiral, a straight line or a straight piece which is folded and then rolled.
- Petal by Petal - these flowers are built up by attaching individual petals, either to each other or to a base. The petals can be simple circles or squares or all sorts of fancier shapes.
- Folded - Several felt circles with plain or fancy edges (some with deeply cut petals) are folded in half and quarter and then attached together at the bottom points to create a flower.
- Flat - This technique involves cutting felt flower shapes in several sizes and then stacking them in order largest on the bottom, smallest on the top. They are sewn or glued together usually through the center.
1st Flower Making Method: Rolling - Patterns and Tutorials
I find this the all-time easiest way to make felt flowers. It is a simple technique with many possible variations - for bigger flowers use a longer strip, smaller flowers - smaller strip. Strips can be straight or cut in a spiral out of a circle or even a square. The final look can be changed by the shaping of the top edge of the strip. Each tutorial has simple, clear and easy-to-follow instructions. Rolled felt roses get their own section, then other rolled felt flowers follow.
Rolling Method - Roses
Rolled Felt Rose Tutorials
- Two Little Bugs Clothing Co.: Felt Flower Tutorial
Gorgeous large felt rolled roses by the very talented mom, Anissa at Two Little Bugs Clothing Co. She also includes the entire tutorial for making a pillow with the rose and instructions for the wreath. Image at right.
- Tutorial for Felt Rosettes - Mrs. Priss
These are the really easy and adorable felt rosettes, made by rolling the felt. This is no-sew (you could sew if you wanted to, but it's not necessary). These look gorgeous as gift embellishments, on pins, wreaths, bags, lampshades, etc. Photo right.
- Felt Rose - Sand and Sisal
Learn how to make this pretty and simple Valentine Wreath which includes a velvet rose and rolled felt flower tutorial.
- How to Make Felt Roses - The Shabby Creek Cottage
This tutorial by Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage shows how to make the really full rolled roses. She uses a scalloped top edge to get the effect. Image of this rose at right.
Video Tutorial to Make a Rolled Rose
Examples to CompareClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Comparison of Cuts For Felt Rosettes
Straight, Wavy and Scalloped Cut
Here is an example of each cut in small felt rosettes.
Showing the spirals one straight, one wavy, one scalloped
Showing them rolled.
Showing them all together.
The circle that each was cut from was about the size of a CD.
More Rolled Flower Instructions
- Felt Daisy tutorial and pattern
Delightful daisy rolled flower pattern and tutorial by Joy Kelley at How Joyful. This one includes some sewing. I think they're lovely. Her Photo to Right.
- Peony or Chrysanthemum Felt Flower Instructions
This is a lovely tutorial by Becky at Infarrantly Creative. It shows you step by step how to make multi-petaled peony type flowers. The flower is no-sew, but she also includes cute leaves which are embellished with simple stitches. Example to right.
- How to make felt flowers - Mums
Sparkling Mums These mums are like little fireworks - I think they would look amazing in an arrangement with real flowers. Easy and quick to make. From Jordan and Kristin at Kojo Designs
Rolled Felt Flower
2nd Felt Flower Technique: Petal by Petal
This method involves cutting the individual petals and then putting them together. I think the effect is beautiful and it's not complicated. I used both sewing and my glue gun - both worked well for me (just a little messy with the glue) TIP - use a skewer or toothpick to press the bottom of the petal together when it's called for. The glue is HOT!
Petal by Petal - Free Tutorials
- How to Make Perfect Felt Roses - Positively Splendid
This is photo tutorial for how to craft felt roses by Amy at Positively Splendid. She calls them "perfect" and I agree! I made them in a deep red eco-felt. (Tip - I stretched the top of each petal a bit and I think it enhances the shape)
- Felt flower tutorial... - Buzzmills
Very Sweet Flet Flowers made with individual petals by Jane Kohlenstein at her blog, Buzz Mills.
- Felt Flower tutorial: How to make a Poinsettia
Make this felted wool poinsettia pin for yourself or to give as a Christmas gift. Beautiful on a sweater, stocking, pillow or on top a gift. Full tutorial at www.TidyMom.net
- Felt Chrysanthemum Tutorial (and a wreath idea)
Emily at One Lovely Life has written this great tutorial to make big beautiful felt mums (or dahlias). She also includes a fabulous wreath idea to put them on. This is a sewing tutorial, although I also made these with my glue gun.
Felt Rose Video Tutorial
Petal by Petal Rose Felt Flower Tutorial
I love this video - the roses are very effective - beautiful and simple. She uses felt circles to create lovely roses.
When cutting a stack of petals, hold the felt tightly as you cut - this keeps the size of the petals all the same.
3rd Method to make Felt Flowers: Folded
This method is also a rival for the easiest. There's a huge variety of flower types - simply made by shaping the edges of the circles- they can be plainly cut or cut with pinking shears or cut with scallops to provide different looks. These remind me of mini hydrangeas in an abstract way - What do you think? (They are the blossoms below)
3rd Method to make Felt Flowers: Folded
- DIY Felt Flower - Lia Griffith
Make this simple felt flower to top a gift, wear in your hair, clip onto your shoes, or wear as a fun bracelet. Printable pattern and tutorial included in this post. Photo at right
- box fold felt flower tutorial - iCandy handmade
Very cute and simple folded flower instructions by Autie at ICandy
- House Number Door Wreath for Spring! - One Dog Woof
This house number door wreath adds a fun pop of color to your front entrance while being practical and functional at the same time. Photo at right
- Folded Rose Pin Tutorial
In this tutorial, Amy at Mom Advice shows how to make a simple and beautiful large rose broach. It's a no-sew project and quick and easy. Makes a fabulous gift!
4th Felt Flower Craft Method - Flat or Stacked
Using this method, shapes are cut and any number (from one to many) layers are stacked together and sewn (or glued) together. These can be tiny delicate blossoms, like the baby hair accessories below, or large, exuberant blooms. If you enjoy embroidery, this technique works very well for embellishing with some stitches.
4th Felt Flower Craft Technique : Flat and Stacked
- Wool Felt Flowers - Make It and Love It
Ashley at Make it & Love it has created this great tutorial showing you how to make 3 different very pretty felt flowers - she uses them as baby hair accessories. She shows two simple and beautiful flowers made with the flat and stacked method.
Basic Supplies For Felt Flowers
Felt - squares or yardage
Glue, Glue Gun and/ or Needle and Thread
Ruler (or eyeballs!)
Pattern, if required
Types of Felt
What are the Different Types of Felt?
There are four basic types of felt for this type of project - wool, wool blend, acrylic and "eco" felt.
Wool felt is 100% wool. It's the most luxurious and rich to the touch and in appearance of the felts. It is possible to make your own wool felt material for these projects. You can upcycle wool garments or felt a knitted or crocheted piece (you need to felt them in a washing machine - see how here). They will be thicker than the felt you buy ready made, though so experiment to see if it works for your project. If you are familiar with felting unspun wool, you can make your own wool felt to cut up for these flower crafts, but I have to say that people who can do this technique probably will (and do) create unique and truly beautiful "artful" flowers - they are freed from the felt squares required for these more simple projects. But they could always use their scraps for a few easy felt flowers.
Wool Blend Felt
What is Wool Blend Felt?
Wool is also the most expensive felt to use, and an alternative is a wool blend. For these flower craft projects, we are talking about felt that is available in squares or by the yard. A wool blend is usually less expensive and still quite luxurious. According to my research, wool blends are often made from a blend of wool and rayon, made from plant fibre. They will most likely also be a little thicker than the acrylic felt, so again, it depends on the final look you want for your flower and your chosen scale or size of the finished piece. I have found that wool and wool blend felts tend to come in much more interesting and richer colours than acrylic.
Acrylic and Eco Felt
What is Acrylic Felt and Eco-Felt?
Acrylic and eco-felts are made from plastic. Yup, plastic. The difference between the two being that eco felt is made from recycled plastic (bottles, for example). As a felt material for flowers, though, they are less expensive (eco-felts more expensive, though, and less available at chain type stores) and give great results. I recommend these felts for practice and for projects requiring low cost and large quantity. Also, they can fill the "must try now" urge we get to craft something we see.
A Simlpe Way to Make Your Own Felt
This is a guide to an easy way of felting knitted, crocheted or upcycled wool garments. This type of felt will work for making flowers, although it is thicker than store-bought felt, but worth experimenting with. I always thought it could be a nice way to re-use favourite children`s sweaters or blankets (so hard to say goodbye to!)
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Happy flower making!