Felt Flower Tutorial

Posted on Jul 5, 2011


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I’ve been a bit obsessed with felt flowers for the last few years.  It started when my sis asked me to make her wedding bouquet and 3 bridesmaids bouquets.  I posted a tutorial on how I made her bouquet that you can see here.  I’m so glad I got to create something so important for my sis’s wedding.  It was such a wonderful labor of love.  I’ve gotten so many comments on that post asking how to make the actual flowers that I wanted to post this felt flower tutorial.

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I use the Sizzix Big Kick Machine to cut out all of my flowers.  I highly recommend the Big Kick and I’ve had no issues cutting thousands of flowers with it.  One nice thing about this machine is that you can cut 2-3 pieces of felt at a time which is a great time saver.

The embroidery on the petals of the flower is what really makes these flowers shine.  Here are just a few individual flowers to help show that the possibilities are endless.

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Felt Flower Tutorial


  1. Design your flower
    • Select the color and sizes of the felt pieces you want to use. (3 to 5 pieces works best)
    • Select a bottom piece with no hole.  (this prevents the bottom piece from falling off)
  2. Decide which pieces you’d like to embroider and the stitches you will use.
    • Every other felt piece is a good rule of thumb
    • Balance between elaborate and simple stitches.
    • There are lots of free embroidery stitch guides on the internet.  I also find watching YouTube videos is extremely helpful.  Used embroidery books are readily available at thrift stores.
  3. Choose embroidery thread
    • 3 feet is a good length.  Longer thread is harder to work with and to keep tangle free.
    • For a more delicate look, split the thread apart and only use 3 strands instead of 6.  Less than 3 strands makes it hard to see stitches on the felt.
  4. Embroider felt pieces
    • Thread needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
    • Always start from the back when embroidering so your knot won’t show.
  5. Select buttons for the middle of your flower.
    • Arrange in the order you want buttons to be in with the smallest button on top.
    • Pick 1 or 2 buttons for the back side of your flower.
  6. Assemble Flower
    • Take 1 green floral wire or (any wire about 18 inches long) and loosely fold in half.
    • Take the smallest button, right side up and put one green wire end through one button hole and the other wire end through the other hole.
    • Slide button all the way to the wire’s middle.
    • Repeat with all buttons, except the button(s) for the underside.
    • Bring the ends of the wire together and thread your felt pieces through starting with the top piece of your flower.
    • If the middle of a felt piece doesn’t have a hole, carefully work the wire ends back and forth in the center of the piece to pierce through the felt.
      • Be careful not to hit your fingers! It only takes a few second to pierce the felt.
    • Remember!  The very bottom felt piece should not have a pre-made hole in the middle.
    • Slide the remaining buttons on the wire.
  7. Create the wire stem
    • Take both wires and cross them as close to the bottom button as you can.
    • Hold the flower in one hand and with the other hand start twisting the wires until they are completely twisted together.
    • Take a wood bead and slide it about 1” to 1.5” up the stem.
    • Fold the end of the wire up so it looks like a U with the wood bead in the middle.
    • Wrap the end of the wire around the stem right above the wood bead using needle nosed pliers to secure the wire ends.
  8. You now have a gorgeous felt flower!

 

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I would love to hear from you!  Send me pictures of the flowers you make.  Be forewarned, these little flowers can be come quite addicting.

 

A Visual Tutorial

 

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This Felt Flower Tutorial was first posted on Handmade in Portland.  I put this tutorial together for the Make Something Awesome table at last year’s Summit of Awesome organized by Hello Craft.  It was such a fun project that I wanted to post the tutorial here as well.

9 Comments

  1. This is a superb tutorial! I really love the felt flowers – so lovely! I hope I can master using the floral wire, looks tricky.:D Thanks!

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  2. This, my friend, made me weep with excitement. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL tutorial…I hadn’t thought of embroidering on the felt. I’ve been wanting to try making something similar for my great-granddaughters, but sewing them together as an embellishment rather than for a vase. I recently bought a BigShot and would love to know which dies you use for your flowers.

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  4. fabulous! You explained it beautifully! A HUGE thank you!

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  5. SUPER! Thanks for sharing :)
    I want to make some for my bears
    You have a pretty blog, I’m glad I found it!

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  6. Your flowers are a work of art. I can see how making them could be habit forming, the more you make the more ideas you get. Creating is so satisfying, especially if you can make something like these, breath taking. Glad I found your blog thru My very educated Mother. What a fantastic ride I’ve been on since I discovered bloggers.

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial. Great design! If you let will put it on my blog.
    Regards

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  8. Jolie, these are beautiful! I can’t wait to go raid mt felt stash and try this out. Thanks for the tutorial. Life made simple that way! tfs Tami
    Tambos Creations!

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