DIY Felt Flower Brooch Tutorial
Felt flowers are simple to make and cost next to nothing in materials, so they are one of the more profitable crafts to make and sell. They are also a lot of fun because they’re colourful, interesting, versatile and provide value to the customer.
With practise, it is possible to produce about ten per hour (without pain or blisters) which, if sold at AU $5 each, can produce an AU $50 per hour income (minus materials and selling time). I’m sure you’ll agree that this is an acceptable part time profit!
Felt flowers can be made into brooches, necklaces, scarves or many other applications to decorate clothing and surroundings. They are also suitable for kids to make and sell.
You will need:
- Seed Beads
- Sewing Needle
- Cotton Thread
- Crotchet Yarn
*Optional Brooch Or Earring Findings
*Optional Necklace Button & Ribbon
How To Make A Felt Flower
1. Download the felt flower pattern and print onto an A4 piece of card. Otherwise, print onto paper, glue onto cardboard and cut out edges to make a pattern.
2. Using a biro, draw around the flower pattern onto the felt and cut it out. You will need two flowers in the same colour, plus one circle in a different colour, to make one finished flower.
3. Using a needle and knotted cotton thread, choose the circle side without biro marks and briefly stitch through the felt, add a sequin and a seed bead and sew back through the sequin again.
Repeat for two more sequin/bead combinations on the circle. Don’t worry about the long stitches at the back between the additions. End stitching.
4. Thread crotchet thread in an alternate colour. Blanket stitch the circle onto the non biro’d side of a flower, in the middle, holding the circle in place while doing so. End stitching.
Blanket Stitch Tutorial
5. Thread cotton on again and add the other sequin + bead combinations around the flower with the circle, as demonstrated in the general photos. Don’t worry about long stitches on the back of the work. End stitching.
Choose the last flower side without beads on it. On the non-biro’d side, use cotton thread in an alternate colour to sew on a brooch finding if needed (see brooch photo above).
6. Push both biro’d flower sides together. The good sides should be on the outside. Use crotchet thread to blanket stitch around the two flowers, sewing the sides together so it forms one flower. Enjoy.
Add Felt Flowers To Anything!
Felt flower brooches are the most versatile application of felt flowers, because they can be used to dress up outfits and surroundings.
Use the brooches on hats, beanies, scarves, bags, fabric baskets, socks, clothing and shoes to add a hippy touch.
Earrings are another good way to display felt flowers. The only problem is that you’ll need to charge more because there are two of them to make!
It is also possible to sew felt flowers together into a necklace. Join the end of a petal with a few stitches to another one and use a button with a ribbon to tie the necklace at the back.
Make a light flower scarf just like the necklace, but let it drape over your clothes! Or hang them in a column in your bedroom.
Felted flowers can also be used in decorations such as colourful mobiles or on cushions around the house.
You can use them on Christmas trees, as table decorations or even in place of buttons. My kids put them on teddy bears and add them to the top of wrapped presents.
Kid's costumes can be made with scarves and brooches like these to get the right look. Simply drape the scarves on and pin the brooch in place.
There are a myriad of possibilities and applications in felt crafts where felt flowers can be added to other projects for extra colour.
Making Flowers In Batches
The easiest way to make batches of felt flowers is to trace 10 patterns at once - for brooches, this would be 20 flowers and 10 circles.
Then sew the sequins and beads on the 10 circles. Then blanket stitch the 10 circles onto 10 of the flower sides etc, following the instructions but working on 10 flowers at once. You'll find you get really quick at it!
Would you pay AU $5 to buy one of these flower brooches at a craft market?
Selling Your Flowers
An ideal place to sell your felt flowers is at large craft and country markets, fairs, and expos.
People attending are often looking for either highly specialised items, or something generally affordable to take home. Felt flowers are in the affordable category and make customers feel like they’ve received value for money.
Having a stall is not considered the best way to sell felt flowers, as you have larger onsite costs and unless you have many other products to put with them, your stall isn’t going to attract that many people.
The best way to sell them is as a travelling vendor, with a costume and basketful of flowers to show off. You can wear felt flower brooches on a hat, large tote or shoulder strap and advertise the price loudly on a T-shirt, or be a little more subtle with just the flower display and your lively personality.
Note: Sunny outdoor venues are good, because the sequins will light up in the sun and stand out as you walk around.
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© 2014 Suzanne Day