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DIY Felt Flower Brooch Tutorial

Updated on August 08, 2016

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.

Felt flowers are an ideal profitable craft for selling because they dress up any outfit or craft project.
Felt flowers are an ideal profitable craft for selling because they dress up any outfit or craft project. | Source

Materials

You will need:

  • Felt
  • Sequins
  • Seed Beads
  • Sewing Needle
  • Cotton Thread
  • Crotchet Yarn

*Optional Brooch Or Earring Findings
*Optional Necklace Button & Ribbon

How To Make A Felt Flower

Instructions

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

Demonstrates the brooch sewed on the back of the felt flower. Click on the image to enlarge.
Demonstrates the brooch sewed on the back of the felt flower. Click on the image to enlarge. | Source

Instructions Continued:

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.

Optional Step:

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.

There's so many different colour combinations to try out!
There's so many different colour combinations to try out! | Source
Add a felt flower or two to a beach hat or winter beanie for a bit of decoration.
Add a felt flower or two to a beach hat or winter beanie for a bit of decoration. | Source
Add a large pelican clasp on the back of each flower, sewn on in similar manner to a brooch, so they can be added to shoes.
Add a large pelican clasp on the back of each flower, sewn on in similar manner to a brooch, so they can be added to shoes. | Source
Felt flower earrings. Made with the smaller sized pattern and both circles.
Felt flower earrings. Made with the smaller sized pattern and both circles. | Source

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.

Adding felted flowers to a scarf, along with colourful fascinators. Wear something like this to advertise your wares when selling with a basket.
Adding felted flowers to a scarf, along with colourful fascinators. Wear something like this to advertise your wares when selling with a basket. | Source
Flowers ready for sale.
Flowers ready for sale. | Source

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!

Examples of the different colour schemes that work well.
Examples of the different colour schemes that work well. | Source

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A pretty way to display the flowers - on a Malaysian handmade placemat.
A pretty way to display the flowers - on a Malaysian handmade placemat. | Source

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.

Make lots of different coloured felted flowers and walk around with them outdoors to attract people's attention.
Make lots of different coloured felted flowers and walk around with them outdoors to attract people's attention. | Source

© 2014 Suzanne Day

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      How fun! These are beautiful. :) These days I don't have much time to make them, but I would definitely buy one if I saw them at a craft fair. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and shared here!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Susanne Day - beautiful colorful Hub - bet the children would love to buy or create these to sell as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seriously, can you see me doing this? LOL However, they are pretty and I can see the appeal. Good instructions here; passing it on to a couple friends who will be interested.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful. I am in awe of all the amazing things that crafty type people (I mean this in a very positive way) can make.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 3 years ago from Virginia, USA

      These are great, creative and relatively easy too. Well done!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      A neat look at making and selling felt flowers on site. Your examples are very nicely done and could make really delightful little gifts.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Really, really pretty. They remind me of an old quilt. Shared and pinned!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... They look so beautiful. I always enjoy reading your hubs. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're right that there are so many possibilities for felt flowers! You can sell them as is or use them for other projects that you then sell. Thanks for the detailed information and great photos!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love these! Fun and creative!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      These are truly beautiful. What nice gifts they would make.

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      bethperry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Very informative! I remember as a kid many mothers would make them and donate them to school fund raisers. Nice to know they are still popular.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great directions and the photos are awesome. This are so cute!!!

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, these are so pretty and cheerful! I love all the different stitches and added details you've used to decorate your flowers. Very creative!!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Such a beautiful idea. I like to work with felt too. There are so many creative things to be formed from felt. I used to buy printed felt at the local craft store. One time I found felt with a frog pattern. I cut out the frogs and made a homemade lilly pad game for my children. Another time I made some homemade felt play food.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you everyone for your kind comments!

      @sallybea - yes it would make a great craft for older children to make and sell!

      @CraftytotheCore - The frogs sound cute! I know that felt play food is becoming very popular in the craft world lately, especially with decorative Japanese Bento boxes being the biggest trend in recent years - translating into felt sushi and other felty foods that look cute.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible photos and such a creative idea for profit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Just love these flowers and those earring are absolutely divine! You've got my mind buzzing about new felt projects. Your photos are lovely too. The colors are terrific. Can you tell I love this hub! Shared.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      What a great idea! You are so creative! I'm sure we are all looking for an alternate way to bring more money into the house. I know I am! Thanks!

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      Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

      These are gorgeous! I love the burst of colors. Well-written hub with excellent pics. Pinned and voted up.

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      Veenoo 3 years ago from India

      These are beautiful and colorful. Very nice.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Wow they look so beautiful and you have given very clear instructions to make these. Thank you :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      These are beautiful and I have not seen them very often here in the States. Wonderful hub! Voted up!

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      They're really lovely and a great idea for kids arts and crafts activities. A really useful and easy to follow hub. Pinned and voted up and useful.

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      so beautiful, are those stitches called fish stitch?

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      Suzanne Day 20 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi peachpurple,

      As far as I know, it's blanket stitch and not fish stitch. Had a quick look at fish stitch and it seems to be an embroidery filler stitch, not an edging applique.

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