Clearly, it’s been a while since Katie or I have posted anything. To be honest, we kind of burned ourselves out from all of the crafting we did around Christmas – more than we initially even realized. And again, in full disclosure, that’s kinda my (and her) usual mode of operation after the rush from Christmas crafting and gift making. But we got started back up again and have been working on some big projects. Thing is, we were so busy with these projects and our deadlines that we didn’t even get a chance to document any of our processes!
The main thing I worked on kept me busy all through March. I, along with the help of Katie and my mom and my sis-in-law, made a gajillion felt flowers for my brother and SIL’s wedding. I wanted to bless them somehow and knew they were on a tight wedding budget, so I made it my mission to add as many felt flowers as possible which went perfectly with their country-boho-chic themed nuptial decor.
It was at times a little stressful but mostly just a heck of a lot of fun. I was able to try out a lot of new techniques that made a huge impact in the way my flowers turned out and got me all re-inspired on trying new ones. Some of them took FOR-FREAKING-EVER – seriously – and some of them were so quick and easy that we were able to bust out a whole bunch with minimal effort. I’ll get into those techniques and details for each flower in other posts later on…but here are a couple of shots mid-process that I managed to snap:
Since the focus was getting the flowers done for the wedding, I didn’t stress about photographing each step, supplies, etc. I’ll have to re-do some of them another day and provide instructions and templates, but today is not that day. Today I just feel like we have been quiet for too long and need to provide some sort of an update – so here it is! We are still live and well and crafting our butts off.
So, here are literally the ONLY photos I have of these Completed flowers right now. I even missed taking photos at the actual wedding (to be fair, I had to do the bride’s makeup, my niece’s hair, my mom’s makeup, and my hair and makeup, place the flowers for the reception, be in family photos, dance with my hubby and son and daughter, have fun and visit with people I hadn’t seen in forever, etc…so I’m not at all upset about forgetting to take pictures)!
Hello my lovely fellow craft-loving friends! I hope your September has been fun and creatively inspired! Ours sure turned out to be. Oh and it’s been busy, and at times hectic, and at others felt chaotic, but that doesn’t change – whether we craft or not – right?!? So might as well carve out a little time for some art therapy :oD The dishes and vacuuming can wait till tomorrow! I find crafting cathartic and the end result once my craft is finished rewarding – usually, anyway. I do totally bomb on an attempt to make something sometimes, but I chalk those up to a learning experience and then give it another go on the next attempt (I do my best to stay focused on the positive rather than wallow in the “what or how I did wrong” so that I don’t get down on myself or my failed attempts at creativity). And that my friends is how I usually stay inspired to keep on making things! Or at least trying to…
And on that note, here is something newly made which luckily didn’t bomb at all in my opinion. I really love the way this felt sunflower cafe out and am pretty pleased with my second attempt at adding bead work details to fabric (my first one was a ribbon belt piece I made for my Aunt to wear at my parent’s vow renewal ceremony which they did for their 40th wedding anniversary! 40 YEARS!!!!!!). Anyways, I digress (because 40 years of marriage isn’t exactly something to gloss over). My point is that I think this flower turned out to be absolutely stunning. Especially when paired with the beautiful crocheted leaves that Katie made to go with it for our 2nd fall wreath!!! I’ll get into the details of how to make the flower, the leaves, and attach them all to the wreath below. As usual, I have added notes on steps you can skip if you aren’t trying to spend as much time as I did in making this flower.
1 piece of felt fabric in yellow (or alternate color of your choice)
1 piece of felt fabric in brown (or alternate color of your choice)
Thread in the same/similar colors as your felt
A needle for sewing everything together (if you’re going to do the beadwork on the center, you need a needle small enough to fit through the smallest beads used)
Optional – for the more detailed look:
Assorted brown beads for the center detail (or alternate color of your choice)
Marker to add petal detail (I used an orange permanent chalk marker)
Also optional – to make the wreath
A wreath to add everything to once it’s finished (I used a birch twig wreath that I already had which you can find at just about any craft store)
Crocheted leaves (or you can make some out of felt if you’d prefer!)
Cutting the Felt
I lucked out in a BIG WAY this time around when it came to cutting my petals! Katie and I got together for a crafting night and invited our other sister-friend over to hang out and help (her name is Christine, and she is absolutely WONDERFUL!). So while I worked on beading the center, Christine cut out ALL of my petals!
Cut 35-40 petals out in the color you want the flower to be
Cut out a medium-ish circle in the same color (this is for the back and won’t be seen)
Cut out a small-ish circle in the color you want the center to be
I didn’t add any waves to these petals – sunflower petals are typically pretty crisp so I just left them as-is.
As I scoured the internet for photos of sunflowers, I knew I wanted to find a way to make the center of mine the focal point. I didn’t want to use embroidery, and I knew I didn’t want to just throw a felt center in there. Thankfully the idea came to me while looking at images to attempt a beaded center that had tons of texture and a circular structure!
As usual, some or all of these steps can be skipped if you want to make your flower much quicker.
Adding Detail to the Petals
To add some depth to the petals, I took my orange marker and swept lines from the base of the petal out toward the tip (just like I did in my last post where there are photos of the process – only this time I didn’t do them fanned out, rather just down the length of the petal, stopping just before reaching the very tip).
Next I stuck the two bottom corners of the petals together (the same way I did with the felt peony post from last month, but this time with thread instead of glue). You can skip this step, but it gives the flower more depth and volume once it’s all put together if you choose to do it.
Making the Pistil
This is where the bulk of the work happens with making this particular sunflower. I started by sewing a larger bead to the very center of the small circle and then went around that with my small beads, sewing each one to the felt individually. The best way to really keep the circular shape is to first sew each bead of the circle to the felt, then take your needle and go back through the whole circle of beads with the thread, then sew back down into the felt and pull somewhat tightly.
You keep doing this, one circle at a time, until you’ve got a beaded circle in the right size. I alternated beads whenever I felt like it but kept the same size of bead at least while sewing each individual circle. Here is what it looked like once I was finished:
Making the Leaves
Katie crocheted the leaves that go with this flower and they look AMAZING! She found and bought a super cute leaf pattern here and used leaf 2, generic leaf. She used “I Love this Cotton” yarn from Hobby Lobby (the pattern calls for thread size 10 but we wanted the leaves to be bigger and sturdier). Since we couldn’t find yarn in the exact color of green we were hoping for, we went ahead and used some green fabric dye. Once the dyed leaves were dry, I starched and ironed them to give them some stiffness.
Don’t you just love them?!
Putting the Flower Together
To put this flower together, I took the medium sized circle of felt and started sewing petals to it, starting with the very back layer of petals and working in towards the center. I used yellow thread and added my first round of petals which had 13 total, and then I placed my next round so that each petal was sewn in between the previous and just a tad closer to the center than the last. I did this over and over until I had all of layers of petals attached with the layer at the center being the topmost one. It looked like the picture below once I was all finished.
Next I attached the beaded center using a brown thread. I went around the outermost layer of beads and sewed the middle to the petals, making sure each stitch landed in between two beads and not over the top of any of them. I started my stitch inside the outermost circle, went up and over it (again, at a point where two of the beads met so my thread ended up hidden) and back down into the circle with the petals attached. I did this all the way around the middle, adding a stitch every 1/4″ or so until it felt securely tacked down.
And this is what my flower looked like when it was all finished!!! I LOVE IT!!!
Putting the Wreath Together
I laid the flower out with the petals in order to get an idea of how it would look once I attached it to the wreath. It wasn’t until I did this with the wreath behind everything that I really figured out how it was going to look and what would be just right for the overall look.
At first I wasn’t sure it was going to look good at all – and then I found that adding some movement to the leaves made ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!! So, when placing the leaves on the wreath, I laid them in such a way that the leaves curved with the wreath but also up away from the wreath, then back down toward it. Sewing the leaves onto this wreath took a lot of patience as I had to navigate through all of the sticks and take care not to break any off (ok, so I broke a few, but not so many that it mattered!). While I could have glued the leaves and flower down, since this is going to be outside and possibly in the heat, I felt it was best to stick with sewing in spite of the frustration doing so caused for a short while.
It took a little playing with it to get the overall finished look but it was well worth it, don’t you think?!?
I hope you enjoyed this post! I sure do love my new front door wreath 🙂
I would love to hear from you – your thoughts on the tutorial, questions, or whether you tried making this yourself!
Hello again! I hope the temperature is starting to cool down for you, wherever you’re from, and that the joy of fall’s crisp, cool morning air has become a reality (if you’re into that sort of thing like I am, that is)!
Today I’m going to walk through the process I took in making this felt pansy. It was my first time making one of these, although the photo below is actually of the third and final version (I had two prototypes that I thought were ok and cute enough, but weren’t exactly what I had in mind for this post. That’s why they call it the “creative process” right?!).
I made a video tutorial this time (my very first one ever!) which covers every step in detail, but will outline the information below as well.
As I was preparing for this post, I was trying to think of the best flower to use to attach to one of the headbands Katie made from our last post. I wanted something that didn’t stick up too high but had a decent amount of detail to it. The poppy flower from my previous tutorial was out of the question since it indeed would have stuck up to high, and the peony was just too big. I started searching through Google images for different types of flowers and at first was looking at orchids and daisies when a pansy popped up in my screen. I never would have thought to make a pansy – In the past I’ve had almost a disdain for pansies (maybe because I remember my mom giving me the chore of planting them in our garden what felt like all of the time when I was a kid lol). But as I looked through pictures of them, I started to realize just how intricate and diverse they are and found a whole new appreciation for these beautiful flowers! I love them so much now that may even plant some in my own front yard…maybe.
A couple of disclaimers: The photos below are from screen shots of the video, so please forgive their lack of clarity at times. Also, for the video, it is my first one like I said so hopefully I did a decent job and explained my process well!
This time around I decided to sew the flower together instead of glue. This was partially due to the fact that this is for a baby’s headband and I worry that somehow my crazy-strong daughter could pull a glued one apart (I doubt it but that thought did cross my mind), but mostly because I don’t want the extra bulk from the glue. That and I want to use embroidery thread to add details that using glue just wouldn’t accommodate. So here is the list of supplies:
Felt (I used 2 colors, but you don’t have to)
Embroidery thread (I used 2 colors, but you don’t have to)
Markers in similar colors to your felt. I used some Tombow brush pens that I already had on deck.
Cutting the felt
Pansies come in a ton of color combinations. I used a light aqua-ish blue and a dark teal for my flower because I want to attach it to a teal headband that Katie made for our first September collaboration project. You can use just about any colors you want though.
Cut out the following from the color you want the front petals to be:
2 medium sized petals
1 larger heart shaped petal
Cut out the following from the color you want the back petals to be:
2 medium-large sized petals
Optional – for extra detail:
2 small petals
1 small heart shaped petal
You can download this pansy flower template if you’d like and use it to get the same shape I have for my flower. Here is what my petals looked like once I cut them out initially.
Below in the Adding Details section, I added steps on adding some curves and movement to them, which is something you may want to do as well.
There are pansies with really clean, crisp petals and some where the petal has waves alllllllll the way around it. There are some that have both crisp petals and wavy petals. Some have multi-colored and others are fairly monotone. Your options are pretty endless on how to make one. For mine, I wanted a monochromatic appearance for the most part but with a soft, organic appearance and a lot of extra detail.
All of these next steps are optional – you can do as few or as many of them as you’d prefer.
I’m going for a softer, slightly wavy look, so I cut small shallow curves around mine.
Adding lines with markers
Next I added lines in a fan shape, starting at the point and fanning out toward the petals edges. I used some brush pens I have which if I’m being honest was not the best choice. They turned my fingers so very blue as I worked with them because it took forever for the ink to dry! Oh well – love and learn, right?! :oP
That being said, I used a dark blue for the dark teal petals and a light blue for the aqua.
Then, I pulled the edges of each petal in all different directions to add movement to them.
And this is where I REALLY started to get blue fingers…if you watch the video, they just get more and more blue as I go along. It washes off within a day, thankfully, but I don’t think I’ll use these particular markers for working with felt ever again lol!!!
Adding embroidered lines
The last step I took was to add some embroidered lines on the petal in the same fan shape as I used to add the marker lines. After I was all finished, I took my dark blue marker and colored some of the thread lines at the base of the flower just to add even more depth.
I walk through the steps of how I added my embroidery lines in the video tutorial.
Putting the flower together
This part is easier than it sounds and actually very quick to do.
I wanted my Pansy to have a yellow center, so I used yellow thread to sew the points from each of the front three petals together. First I placed two petals together face to face and added a few stitches to the just side of the points to secure them. Next I took the third petal and placed it face to face with one of the two I had just sewn together. I added a few stitches to the side of the points (the opposite side on the one that I had previously sewn) to secure them together. I placed the remaining two front petals face to face and stitched them together as well.
Then, I took my needle and thread and embroidered a circle in the flower’s center. I went about 1/4″ from the center to start my stitch and always went back down through the center as shown in the photos below.
With my last few stitches of yellow thread, I attached the two back petals securely using the same method of adding to the yellow circle as I did. And then took a step back to admire the result. I really love the way this flower came out and have a new adoration for pansies that I never thought I would thanks to the process of making it!
Just for reference, here is what it would look like if you chose not to add all of the wavy lines on the petals and used a different method of embroidery. It was the my first prototype in preparing for the post. For it I added short stitches for the lines rather than the long stitches in the alternate example. I also didn’t put the “heart shape” into the bottom petal. This flower is adorable but is just more “cutesy” than I wanted my final product to be…
Attaching the Flower to Katie’s Headband
The final step I took was to sew the flower onto the incredible headband Katie had made. I secured the center of the flower down first, then tacked the bottom and top petals to the band a bit as well so that the flower didn’t stick up more than I wanted it to. I think it looks SOOOO AMAZING!!! Don’t you?!
And is even cuter when you put it on an adorable baby!!! 🙂 I am biased since I’m her mom, but still…..the level of cuteness here is off the charts!!!!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Let me know what you think about making it yourself in the comments, and be sure to check out the video version for step by step details. If you give this a try and/or have anything you’d like to share about it, I would love to hear from you!
I love California Golden Poppy flowers. They are so simple yet breathtakingly beautiful and are dispersed all throughout the Golden State. Golden Poppies are the state flower of California and ever since I moved here when I was 8, just the sight of them growing wild along the highway or in a field somewhere has brought me joy. I especially love their vibrant yellow-orange hue and the way they fully open up when the sun first hits them in the morning, then close back up once it gets dark and wait patiently for the the next day to open again. They welcome sunshine daily in such a bold and joyous manner – I feel it’s a reminder of the way we should welcome love and Light into our lives daily and trust that each morning brings us a fresh chance to start again, even if we failed in some way yesterday.
*Gets down from soapbox*
In other words, poppies make me smile. Another reason I love this flower is that making one out of felt is super easyand quick! 🙂 Below is a tutorial on how to make one which uses many of the same detailing processes explained in my last post, but only requires a total of 2 colors cut into just six pieces of felt! I’m once again going to provide a few notes on how to speed the process up even more if you aren’t concerned about making a super detailed flower.
1 piece of felt in a sunny yellow or orange (or color of your choice)
1 piece of felt in green of your choice for leaves
Glue gun or thread
Optional – for the more detailed look:
Iron (regular iron, flat iron, mini iron…any of these should work but are likely to cause fingertip burns, so please be careful!)
Orange marker – I used a dry erase marker because….well….it’s what I had on hand.
Cutting the Felt
Start by cutting out four petals. Next cut a short long, narrow rectangle out from the same color. You can use this stencil if you’re not sure what shape and size to cut.
Cut a small circle out of the green felt and however many leaves you want to make. That’s it for cutting!!!
If you’re making the super duper fast-tracked version, you can skip this part for the petals entirely.
First, take your marker and softly add in some color in a gradient from more color to less, starting at the center of the petal going outward. While the ink dries, warm up your iron.
Once your iron is hot, fold one of the petals like you would if you were making a paper fan. Press the outside edges of the pedal (probably the last 1/4) with the iron to create some creases and let cool before spreading back apart.
After the piece has fully cooled, tug on the edges some as shown in the picture below and shape the petal the way you want it. Do this with all four pieces. Lastly, snip a little slit down at the base of the flower.
The detail in the pistil is very similar to the one from the felt peony post. Cut deep and V-shaped slices out of the rectangle so that it looks like the example in the picture below. Next, for added character, take your marker and lightly apply some color from the base to the edges of each point. Make sure you leave a little of the original felt color showing, but not too much.
Flower Base and Leaves
This process again is just like the peony leaves from my last post, only the green circle that makes up the base of the flower is much smaller. Snip out small, irregularly sized V’s all around the circle. Afterwards, for a more detailed look, fold the piece in half and iron a crease into the circle. Let that cool, open it up and fold it in half the other direction and iron additional creases in. Repeat a few times, each time folding the circle in half but in a new direction where no crease is present yet.
Cutting out the leaves, if you choose to include them, can take some time if you’re concerned with the leaves looking somewhat similar to real poppy leaves. If not, grab the stencil from my Peony post and use that leaf – it’s much easier!
Either way, cut as many as you want to include and use the iron to place a crease down the middle, the long way, to give it a little more character.
Assembling the Flower
Hooray for already being at this point in the process!!! Wasn’t that a quick and easy process this time?!?! 🙂
Making the pistil
To assemble, start with the pistil and wrap it around itself just like I explained with the peony post. Tack the felt down as you go with glue or thread to ensure it stays tight.
Adding the Petals
First, cross the two pointed ends of the petal over each other and glue them in place to give the petal a slightly rounded look.
This next part has a few nuances regarding the order in which you apply the petals; you’ll want to pay attention to this in order to get the best looking flower possible. Add two petals, on opposite sides of the pistil from each other, first. Of course add them one at a time but make sure they sit directly opposite from each other when you do. Next, add the third petal, attaching it to the pistil 90 degrees from where the current petals are attached. You should have something like what you see in the photo below now. Attach the last petal on the opposite side from where you placed the third one.
Now grab your cute little green base/circle and tack it down on the bottom of the flower and slightly up and around the base of the petals. Guess what – you’re all done!!!!
You can use this to create a broach, a hair clip or hair band, or some sort of home decor wall art – the possibilities are endless, really! I stuck one in with some of my air plants and thought it added a very fun pop of color. Another cute option would be to find a stick from your backyard and attach the flower as though the stick is the stem – add a few leaves and pop this sucker into a vase! If you go that route, I recommend adding the stick before placing the green circle/base onto the bottom of the flower. Cut a small hole in the center of the base and put the top of the stick through it, glue the stick to the base of the flower, then glue the green circle/base up around where you attached the petals. Voila!!!
For reference, here are a few old photos I took of some poppies next to the felt one I made (felt one on the top left, obviously).
I’m not sure whether I want to turn my new felt poppy into a barrette for my daughter, make a bunch more and create a new baby mobile for my our shop, or leave the one with my air plants for a nice pop of color in my family room. Maybe I’ll do all three….this flower is so quick and easy to make that it wouldn’t take very much time to make enough for them all!
I hope you enjoyed this super easy but fun flower tutorial. Leave me a comment and let me know if you like this type of tutorial and/or plan on giving it a try, want to see any other types of flower tutorials, or have any questions at all! Or if you have suggestions on how to make my tutorials better – I am always open to feedback!
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Hello! Jen here doing my first diy tutorial – this one on how to make a felt peony. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
Felt flowers are so cute and a lot of fun to make! They’re also fairly easy to construct once you have all of the pieces you need. What I love about making them is that you can choose to do them as simple or as complicated as you’d like and either way, they look great and can be used for so many different things!
Lately, I have been making them to create wall decor pieces, most recently a piece for my daughter’s nursery. I love the way it turned out so much!
Through a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally landed on a method that I feel has the best results for a more organic-looking flower, which is what I personally prefer. This process can take a lot of time but is really worth it in the end. That being said, I’m outlining below my method with notes on a fast-track version for those who don’t want to spend as much time making this piece.
3 colors of felt
1 color of choice for petals
1 color of choice for middle/pistil
1 color of choice for leaves
Glue gun and glue
Optional – for the more detailed look:
Permanent chalk markers (you can use any marker, really)
Iron (regular iron, flat iron, mini iron, curling iron…any of these should work but are likely to cause fingertip burns if I’m being honest, so be prepared)
Cutting the Felt:
Cut 7 small sized flower petals out using the stencil provided (we’ll get into how to make them look more detailed later). Then, cut out 11 large sized petals. If you’re going for the detailed look, cut out the outer petal piece from the same fabric. Next, cut a long rectangle out of color you want the middle of the flower to be. Last, cut out a green circle for the part where the stem and flower meet, and a few leaves if you want to add those.
These next steps pertinent to the petals can be skipped completely or partially depending on the level of detail you’re going for.
To detail out the petals, first draw lines from the bottom/pointed part of the petal out to the end in sweeping motions using a chalk pen. Smudge the ink a bit with your finger to make it blend a little.
Next, cut into the end of the petal with small, very short snips while holding the scissors perpendicular to the edge of the petal. Don’t be afraid to move the angle from which you’re cutting a little left then right from time to time (it may take a few tries to get the hang of it and the look you want, so if you have some scrap felt to use as a trial piece, try getting the right look on that first).
Pinch the end of the petal where you just cut between your fingers and pull at it to remove any tiny bits of felt that didn’t fall away when cutting. Then cut a slit down the pointed side as shown.
For even more of a detailed look, grab a small iron (I use my flat iron) and use it to curl the petals into a slightly rounded shape, focusing on rounding the edge you snipped into mostly. It’s super easy to burn your fingertips when doing this part, so be extra careful!
To add detail to the pistil/middle, first color one of the long ends of the rectangle, on both sides, with a white chalk marker.
Afterwards, cut deep and irregularly shaped V-shapes into the felt along one long side of the rectangle, making sure the ends of every cut end up pointed.
To add features to the green circle that will make the base of the flower, make small but irregular v-shaped cuts into the piece, this time all the way around until it looks something like this:
Then, if you’re using the iron, fold it in half and iron a crease down the middle of the circle. Open it, turn it 45 degrees, fold it again, and iron creases there as well. Continue this process repeatedly until you have creases all the way around (you can add even more if you’d like).
Side note: I’m gonna suggest that if you haven’t yet, you should go ahead and plug your glue gun in at this point if you’re ready to finish the project now.
For the leaves, fold them in half lengthwise and iron a crease in. Pinch the edges of the folded piece between your fingers stretch the felt a little to add some dimension as shown.
Now you should have a good pile of felt pieces to assemble your flower! 🙂
Assembling the Flower
Making the pistil/center
Grab the rectangular piece and roll it from one end to the other, adding glue to the non-cut side as you go so it stays tight. Glue the end down once you’ve rolled it all the way. You should have something that looks like this once you’re finished:
Adding the petals
First, cross the ends of each petal and glue to get a more rounded petal. Then, for more detailing and roundedness, pinch and glue the sides together near the middle to get an even more rounded look like in the photo below.
To add the petals to the pistil, take the small petals first and glue them one by one, going around all the way. Once you’ve made it all the way around once, start the second row by adding a petal behind but in between two from the first row so that the pattern alternates.
Do the same thing with the large petals, alternating with each new layer, until you have a flower! Depending on how you’ve done your gluing, there is a chance you will want to add more (or less) than the amount specified. Just make sure the flower overall is balanced visually.
Lastly, once all of the individual petals have been added, glue the big outer petal piece to the bottom and up around the last layer of petals to give the flower the overall rounded appearance of a peony.
Adding the leaves
Take the green flower base and glue it to the very bottom of the flower in the middle (if you want your flower to have a stem, I recommend you first poke a hole in the middle of the green base and stick the stem through it and then glue it all to the flower. You can use sticks, wooden dowels or wire wrapped in felt, or if creating a mobile, some embroidery thread).
If you want leaves, add them at this point. And now you’ve got a felt peony in your hands! Hooray!
This process takes me quite a while to complete – I typically do a little each night until it’s finished since I don’t have huge chunks of time to dedicate all at once. If you’re like me and will be doing a little at a time, I highly recommend keeping all of the pieces together in an envelope or ziplock bag until you’ve finished. I say this with experience – it’s very easy to lose a critical piece or supply item and have to re-do something that has already been done but was lost or misplaced!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and easy enough to understand and follow along! If anything is confusing and you need more info just let me know! And if you’re using it to create a flower I’d love to see the result, so please send me a photo. 🙂
Feedback on the instructions or anything else, or just comments in general will always be appreciated!