Learn How to Make Felt Flowers with Easy Tutorials

Updated on February 10, 2015
White Dahlia Felt Flower
White Dahlia Felt Flower | Source

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;

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Huge Felt Roses
Huge Felt Roses | Source
Easy rolled felt rosettes
Easy rolled felt rosettes | Source
Lovely Full Roses
Lovely Full Roses | Source

Video Tutorial to Make a Rolled Rose

Examples to Compare

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Spirals Cut - 3 Different edgesDifferent Effects of Rolled Rosettes3 Felt Flower Rosettes with Different Edges
Spirals Cut - 3 Different edges
Spirals Cut - 3 Different edges | Source
Different Effects of Rolled Rosettes
Different Effects of Rolled Rosettes | Source
3 Felt Flower Rosettes with Different Edges
3 Felt Flower Rosettes with Different Edges | Source

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.

Lively Felt Daisies
Lively Felt Daisies | Source

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!

Fresh Felt Flowers
Fresh Felt Flowers | Source
Felt Roses
Felt Roses | Source

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.

Craft Tip:

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)

Exquisite Folded Felt Roses
Exquisite Folded Felt Roses | Source
Large, Folded Flowers on Wreath
Large, Folded Flowers on Wreath | Source
Folded flet Rose Pin
Folded flet Rose Pin | Source

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.


Basic Supplies For Felt Flowers

Felt - squares or yardage
Glue, Glue Gun and/ or Needle and Thread
Ruler (or eyeballs!)
Pattern, if required
This craft is simple - only a few supplies are needed.

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

How to Make Felted Wool with Your Washing Machine

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!)

While You`re Waiting For Your Felt...

How to Make Coffee Filter Flowers - Tutorials and Patterns
Tutorials and patterns to make flowers out of coffee filters.You probably have some on hand and can make almost instant flowers while you wait for your felt.

Felt Flowers are Easy and Very Enjoyable to Make

Happy flower making!

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      bern 12 months ago

      Thank you so very much for these tutorials. They will be a huge help when I make my daughter a felt bouquet for her wedding. Thanks also for information about the difference in felt types. You are very informative and a huge help.

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      Nimblepins 2 years ago

      I'm not familiar with the shops there. Amazon is a great resource if you're stuck!

      Thanks for visiting

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      Farah 2 years ago

      where do you buy your felt fabrics in jeddah?

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      Nimblepins 3 years ago

      Hi peachpurple. They are definitely more sturdy. Thanks for visiting.

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      Nimblepins 3 years ago

      Thank you, poetryman6969, thanks for visiting. I'm always making things.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Aren't you the craft one! Gorgeous work.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      felt roses are better than paper roses, voted up

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      love this tutorials thanks

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      omg, this is such a great lens, thank you soooooo much, going to try everything that time allows!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks! Good picks.

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      Nimblepins 5 years ago

      @gamesngames: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Nimblepins 5 years ago

      @linfcor: Thank you!

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      gamesngames 5 years ago

      i love this lens

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      Nimblepins 5 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: I hope your girls enjoy them! Thank you for the blessing!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great craft idea. My girls would love making these. Blessed!

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      Linda F Correa 5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Another great craft idea...thanks

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      smsr0100451 5 years ago

      I love creativity. Beautiful lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day!

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      SunshineLollipops 5 years ago

      Love the flowers and love that you make them out of felt!!! Nice lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lookin' craft!

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      I should tell this to my sister!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      We used to make ribbon roses w/ mom. This is neat! Nice lens! Going to have to try the poinsettia's =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love working with wool felt, must make some soon.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      What a fun project. I want to try this with my daughter. That video makes the roses look so easy! Thank you.