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How to Make a Felted Flower Pin—Free Pattern

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My Flower Pins at a Craft Fair

My flower pins - as pins and as hat accessories

My flower pins - as pins and as hat accessories

Make a Felted Flower Pin

I started making felted wool flowers as accessories for my felted knit hats, but found that they also make really funky and versatile pins! This is an easy project you can knit or crochet with wool yarn and then felt (felting instructions are included here too). They look fabulous on a coat or cardy, or on a bag or hat - singularly stunning or fabulous in a colourful bunch. I tried many patterns and finally created my own. It felts really well and the petal shapes still show. Here are the step by step instructions for my pattern as well as other crochet and knit flower patterns you can felt to make your own beautiful felted wool flower pin.

Materials for your Flower Pin - Gather Your Supplies

  • Wool Yarn - Colour (or colours) of your choice.
  • Each flower can be one colour or a combination - I recommend a max of two colours per flower. One 50g ball is enough for several flowers, depending on your gauge. Wool must be feltable - 100% pure wool is best.
  • Knitting needles or crochet hook - use the recommended size or 1 size smaller than the size suggested on your yarn label for best felting results as tighter stitches felt quicker.
  • 1 Bar Pin per flower (I used the 3/4 inch ones, but they're a bit fiddly - don't go any smaller!)
  • Sewing needle and strong thread (thread colour should match your flower colour, so it's invisible). I use a quilter's cotton or button cotton - it's pretty strong.

Crochet Rows 1-3 of the Tutorial

Rows 1-3 Complete

Rows 1-3 Complete

Step 1 Make Your Flower

  • Rows 1-3
  • The crochet pattern for your flower - prefer to knit? scroll down for a link to a knitted flower pattern
  • ch (chain) 24, turn
  • Row 1
  • sc (single crochet) to end (24 sc) ch 3, turn
  • Row 2
  • sc * ch 2 sc, repeat from * to end (23 loops) ch 1, turn
  • Row 3
  • *(2dc (double crochet), 1/2 tc (half treble crochet), 2 dc) in ch loop sc in next loop
  • repeat from * until 3 loops remain
  • 5dc in 3rd last loop, sc in 2nd last loop, 4 dc in last loop
  • Tie off. Or continue with row 4.

Row 4 Option

With Row 4

With Row 4

Step 1 Make Flower - Row 4 Option

For a Larger or 2-Coloured Flower

  • Row 4 (Optional)
  • This is an optional row - it will make your flower larger. You can continue in the same color or switch to a second color now.
  • sc ch1, sc ch1, sc ch1, *sc, sc, sc ch1, sc ch1, sc ch1, sc ch1 repeat from * to end, tie off.

Knitted Felted Flower

Another option - knitted

Another option - knitted

Step 1 Make Flower - Knitting Option

Pattern for Knitted Flower

  • This is a fun pattern to knit - it involves twisting the knitting to make the individual petals, it's simple and effective:
  • I suggest knitting two and joining them (or double the number of stitches) This way, the outer edge will lie flat.
  • I knitted two, each in a different shade of red, and put them together, for you to see.
  • I'm sorry - the page at the end of this link is gone. I'll write it out myself because this really is a great pattern to knit - bear with me!

After Felting, Before Sewing

Felted Flower after Felting - With and without 4th row

Felted Flower after Felting - With and without 4th row

Step 2 Felt Your Flower

The Fun Bit!

  • Put your flower in a hot wash cycle with a pair of jeans, and a little soap.
  • If you're doing more than one flower, wash them together to save energy.
  • Small felting projects like this take longer to felt than larger ones, so it will probably need two washes or more. Check it often, so you don't over-felt, and keep going (try in the dryer if you want it really small and dense) until you get the degree of felting you like.

Start With This End

Roll 1

Roll 1

Step 3a - Roll and Sew - Start

Where to Start

  • You'll start rolling in the center of the flower.
  • This is the end which was the beginning of the starting chain.
  • It will have the bottom edge tail.
  • It's also slightly pointier, and the petals aren't as big.
  • It's the left side end in the picture.
  • Once you've identified this end, trim the tails.

Start Rolling and Sewing

Begin to Stitch

Begin to Stitch

Step 3b - Roll and Sew - Continued

First Roll

  • Start your thread in the end point, roll it and stitch it in place
  • Then stitch down this beginning edge to the bottom
  • Flip the flower
  • Work now on the bottom edge, with your flower upside-down.

Keep Stitching

Felted flower stitching bottom edge

Felted flower stitching bottom edge

Step 3c - Roll and Sew - Finishing

Finishing Step 3

  • Keep rolling and stitching the bottom edge.
  • I'm using cream coloured thread so you can see it, but you will, of course, be using a colour similar to your wool.

Admire Your Work So Far

Isn't it cute?

Isn't it cute?

Tie Yarn to Pin

Prepare the pin

Prepare the pin

Step 4 Add the Pin - Wrapping

Here's how I put a pin on

  • First, I wrap the pin back with some yarn (and tie it). This is so you'll have something to sew it to.
  • Don't make it too thick, or the pin won't close easily.

Sew the Pin On

Pin attached

Pin attached

Step 4 Add the Pin - Stitching

  • I then secure the pin to the flower with some stitches through the yarn on the pin back.
  • Ready!

Add Embellishments

For a Bit of Bling

  • You can sew beads on the flower - a group in the center, sprinkled randomly all over, or along the top edge. Adorable!

Answers to Your Questions

Thank You for Asking

A few readers had questions.......

Are you using American or English stitches, and what is the half-treble?

  • I'm using American crochet terms here. To be honest, I had to look it up myself.

Half Treble stitch:

  • The half treble is worked with the same approach as the half double -
  • wrap yarn twice, pull a loop through the stitch you're working into (4 loops on hook)
  • wrap yarn and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
  • wrap yarn and pull through all 3 loops

Could you tell me what the difference is between a pattern you want to felt and a regular crochet pattern?

  • When you felt a piece, it shrinks and loses some of it's detail. So you need to make it LARGER than normal and shaped well to still look right after felting - that's why I developed this pattern specifically to be felted and to have the right shape and proportions after felting. (It took a lot of making, felting, adjusting pattern and trying again!)

British vs American Crochet Stitches for Reference

British EnglishAmerican English

double crochet (dc)

single crochet (sc)

half treble (htr)

half double crochet (hdc)

treble (tr)

double crochet (dc)

double treble (dtr)

treble (tr)

triple treble (trtr)

double treble (dtr)

miss

skip

tension

gauge

I'd Love to Know....

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Try Felting If You Knit or Crochet

I definitely recommend trying felting with your knitting or crocheting, and this little project is a fun way to get started. I developed this pattern through many versions. It works very well for felting and is quick too. I had it down to 20 minutes per large flower - useful when I was making LOTS for the Christmas markets - I sold many of these flower pins at craft fairs - they were really popular and are fabulous gifts.

Would You Like to Leave a Comment? - Thanks for Visiting

Nimblepins (author) on April 12, 2013:

@anonymous: I'm glad you love it! I'm also glad you got through row 3! Thank you for visiting and thank you for your comments!

I put a new section in with answers to questions - there's a little explanation about lenses and a link for more info.

Nimblepins (author) on April 12, 2013:

@anonymous: Thank you for visiting - I've answered your questions in a new section on the page - I really appreciate your questions - I had to look up just to confirm for myself that I was using American stitch terms, including the half treble. I also wrote a bit about making a piece for felting. I'm working on finding another source for the knit pattern (or will write it out) Please let me know if there's anything further

anonymous on April 02, 2013:

I am American and I believe your instructions are in English. I know that crochet terms are different in English than American. I found a site that translates English crochet terms to American , but I'm still confused.The translation says that your dc = our sc, but you still list a sc.Is your sc our slip stitch(go in stitch,pull loop straight through including stitch on hook)? Is your dc our sc ?And the 1/2 treble in your pattern, would that be a double crochet in American (yo,pull through 3)? . Have I now got you as confused as I am ? (lol)

Could you tell me what the difference is between a pattern you want to felt and a regular crochet pattern?

Also,the link to your knitted pattern does not take me to your pattern

Melody Lassalle from California on March 10, 2013:

I couldn't knit to save my life, but these are pretty neat. Thanks for a great tutorial.

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

I finally was able to make the flower!!!! i LOVE it!!!! I can't wait to try the other methods!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your tutorial!!!!

anonymous on January 20, 2013:

i like this tutorial on how to crochet a flower. but i don understand row 3 at all!!! it would help to have pictures of each step. thanks!

(p.s. what is a "lens"? i've never heard that expression before.)

gradientcat on September 01, 2012:

This lens makes felting look easy.

sheezie77 on June 24, 2012:

Very nice lens, well done! SQuidlike

missyjanette on April 01, 2012:

nice

heripua on March 23, 2012:

This lens appears to receive a great deal of readers.

anonymous on March 14, 2012:

This is a very nice "how-to" lens. Well done!

Kay on March 14, 2012:

I don't crochet but these are really cute. Almost makes me want to take up crocheting but I think I'd be all thumbs.

SquidooKiddoo on January 03, 2011:

Very Handy and nice flower :)

snowcloud on January 03, 2011:

interesting never seen something like before. two thumbs up

Jen from Canada on January 02, 2011:

Nice lens.

Jen from Canada on January 02, 2011:

Nice lens.