Felt flowers are so versatile and look great on almost everything. I used these ones on my Embroidery Hoop Wall Art. They are super easy to make and are so pretty you’ll want to put them on everything!. Keep scrolling to learn how to make your own! I’ve included printable templates for cutting out your flower petals.
Or, if you have a Silhouette or Cricut machine, you can screenshot the pdf, paste into an image program to save as an image. Then load it into your design software for easy cutting. I went the easy route and used my Cricut to cut out the felt flowers for me. I have fallen in love with my Cricut Maker! The rotary blade cuts the felt so cleanly! If you are looking into getting a cutting machine, I would highly recommend looking into this one. I’ve been having a blast cutting all sorts of materials with it. Ok, I’ve gushed enough about my beloved Maker, let’s move to making pretty felt flowers!
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What You Need:
- Acrylic and wool felt will both work for this project. The Gardenia flower took one 9×12 sheet, and I was able to do 3 mini roses with another 9×12 sheet.
- Low Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. This is the one I use.
- Sewing needle and thread in color close to your felt
- Templates – click here to download Printable Felt Gardenia and Rose templates
Make Your Petal Layers
- If you are using the printable petal templates to cut out your flowers, print it out in landscape. Cut out the petal templates, then use a pen to trace them onto your felt. Cut your petals. You will see in the picture below that the smallest template is just a rectangle. I freehand cut the center petals due to the small size of the rectangle. You can see in the top right image how you will want to trim the top of the rectangle. It doesn’t need to be perfect, imperfectly perfect works great for the center of the Gardenia!
- Now, let’s start making the layers of petals! Grab your sewing needle and thread it, and grab your largest petal strip. I knot the end of my thread several times since it can be easy for the knot to pull through the felt while you are pulling the petals together. Normally I use thread close to the color of my felt, however, for this tutorial I used white thread so that it would stand out more for the picture. Sew through the bottom of the felt petal strip.
- Grab both ends of your thread and gently pull them to bunch up your petals and form your first petal base. When you get them bunched up to the size you want, tie the thread ends together to secure your first layer of the felt flower base.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the remaining three petal strips. When you are done with all 4 petal rounds, they should nest inside each other perfectly to make your flower.
- Now onto the little rectangle petal strip that we freehand cut earlier. Heat up your glue gun on low heat. This petal strip you will glue together instead of sewing. Start with the pointy edge on the right side and place a small dab of glue. Continue rolling up center petals, adding a dab of glue when you get to the end to secure it.
Assemble Your Gardenia!
- Grab your scrap felt and cut out a circular base for your flower. You will want it to be slightly larger than the inside of the largest set of base petals. Grab the big petals and put a strip of glue along the bottom and place it onto your circular base.
- Grab the next largest petal and glue it into the center of the larger petals. Continue doing this for the two remaining petal strips. Now grab your center petal piece and place a dab of glue on the bottom and smoosh it into the center of your flower.And there you have it! A beautiful felt Gardenia! Now let’s move on to how to make your mini roses.
Make Your Petal Layers
- For the rose, you will need 15 circles and 1 rectangle. I wanted these to be smaller roses for on the Embroidery Hoop Wall Art I made, so the circles are 1,” and the rectangle strip is 1/2″ wide and 4 1/2″ long. You can use larger circles to make the flower bigger. Trace your circles and rectangle onto the felt and cut them out. Or, go my easy route and use your cutting machine ♥
- Grab your pile of felt circles and cut a slit halfway up from the bottoms.
- Here is how we make our petal pieces. Grab your glue gun and put a dab of glue on one side of the slit, then take the other side of the slit and overlap it to glue them together.
- Grab your felt rectangle piece, and tie a knot in the center of it. That knot will be the center of your rose. Grab the side strips and bring them down together like in the picture below.
Assemble Your Rose!
- Grab your first petal piece and put a dab of glue on it, then glue it to your center. Grab another petal and glue it to the other side of the center. Continue gluing your petals all around your rose, overlapping each one a little bit as you go.
- After you get all your petals glued on, flip over your rose and glue down the flaps to the bottom of the flower as shown below.
And there you have it, your beautiful rose!
Now grab your felt flowers and head on over to my post on making your own Embroidery Hoop Wall Art and get crafty!