How to Make a Felted Flower Pin—Free Pattern
My Flower Pins at a Craft Fair
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
- - Colour (or colours) of your choice. Wool Yarn
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
Step 3b - Roll and Sew - Continued
- 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.
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
Tie Yarn to 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
Step 4 Add the Pin - Stitching
- I then secure the pin to the flower with some stitches through the yarn on the pin back.
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
double crochet (dc)
single crochet (sc)
half treble (htr)
half double crochet (hdc)
double crochet (dc)
double treble (dtr)
triple treble (trtr)
double treble (dtr)
I'd Love to Know....
What colour would you choose for your felted flower pin?
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.