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!
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
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on July 25, 2015:
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.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 22, 2015:
so beautiful, are those stitches called fish stitch?
Maggie.L from UK on May 30, 2014:
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.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on April 04, 2014:
These are beautiful and I have not seen them very often here in the States. Wonderful hub! Voted up!
VioletteRose from Atlanta on March 29, 2014:
Wow they look so beautiful and you have given very clear instructions to make these. Thank you :)
Veenoo from India on February 27, 2014:
These are beautiful and colorful. Very nice.
Audrey Surma from Virginia on February 27, 2014:
These are gorgeous! I love the burst of colors. Well-written hub with excellent pics. Pinned and voted up.
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 27, 2014:
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!
Claudia Mitchell on February 27, 2014:
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.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 20, 2014:
Incredible photos and such a creative idea for profit.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 19, 2014:
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.
CraftytotheCore on February 19, 2014:
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.
Donna Herron from USA on February 17, 2014:
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!!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 17, 2014:
Great directions and the photos are awesome. This are so cute!!!
Beth Perry from Tennesee on February 16, 2014:
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.
Janis from California on February 12, 2014:
These are truly beautiful. What nice gifts they would make.
Audrey Howitt from California on February 12, 2014:
I love these! Fun and creative!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 12, 2014:
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!
Susan from India on February 10, 2014:
Wow... They look so beautiful. I always enjoy reading your hubs. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 10, 2014:
Really, really pretty. They remind me of an old quilt. Shared and pinned!
RTalloni on February 10, 2014:
A neat look at making and selling felt flowers on site. Your examples are very nicely done and could make really delightful little gifts.
Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on February 10, 2014:
These are great, creative and relatively easy too. Well done!
ologsinquito from USA on February 10, 2014:
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.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2014:
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.
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on February 10, 2014:
Susanne Day - beautiful colorful Hub - bet the children would love to buy or create these to sell as well.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 10, 2014:
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!