Tutorial: Another Felt Flower (as promised!)

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In this crafty post from a few weeks ago, I mentioned something about doing a tutorial on those big felt flowers. So here I am to deliver! Don’t let all these photos fool you — they’re really quite simple.

Mrs Priss DIY Flower Box Repurpose Display

You will need:

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Supplies

I cut three small petals and 5 larger petals for this particular flower. Sorry, no template — just eyeball it. Even circles will work!

The long yellow rectangle will be the shaggy center of the flower. Let’s tackle that first.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Snips

Fold the long rectangle in half, hot dog style and make small snips with scissors all along the raw edge.

I stand by my awesome “hot dog style” description.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Fringe

This is just to show how you want it to look after the snips. Keep it folded over.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Foldover

Your folded fringe piece will want to pop open and can be kind of a pain to keep straight, so you may want to dab a few dots of glue (I use hot glue) along the inner crease to hold it in place as you do the next step.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Roll Center

“Roll it like a sleeping bag”, adding a few dots of glue along the way.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Center view

When you reach the end, dab a generous amount of glue to hold it together reeeeaaaaal secure-like.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Center

BAM. You have your center.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Fringe Petals

Now let’s assemble!

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Petals Layer one

Start with one of the three small petals and glue it to the yellow center. I make a little line of glue near the tapered edge of the petal and just stick it on there. Build on your flower by overlapping the petals until it looks appealing to you. When you’re finished with the small ones, move on to the larger ones.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Finished

You may find you like a more loose look with big floppy petals or you may prefer it tidy and compact. Sometimes I’ll use a few different shades of felt to give it more depth, as seen in the flower box post. Feel free to add more petals to make the flower larger and experiment with different petal shapes as well.

You do you, girl. You do you.

A note on leaves:

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Tips

It can be difficult to freehand-cut leaves and have them all look the same, so here’s a little tip on making them more uniform. Start with a small square of felt.

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Cut

What I do is eyeball how big I want the leaf and make a little poke mark in the felt with the tip of my scissors where the point will be. Then I’ll cut in to that point from two outer edges of the square. I hope that makes sense! It’s not perfect every time, but it gives you a similar shape. Sometimes I’ll use the 90 degree corner if I’m wanting a super crisp look.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower and Leaves

There you go! I hope you have fun with these flowers. Please feel free to ask any questions! xoxo

Tutorial: Felt Pinwheels

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Last year I threw a carnival themed baby shower for a dear friend. I remembered making paper pinwheels when I was younger and thought a bunch of them in a mason jar would be the perfect centerpiece! I decided to use felt since I just have so much of it on hand and they turned out SO cute. I’m finally getting around to sharing the how-to… enjoy!

Supplies:

  • Two colors of felt
  • Beads, buttons, other misc. findings to use for the center
  • A small round object to use as a template for a circle (I grabbed a pinch bowl from my kitchen)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

Use your pen and bowl (or whatever) to trace two circles on the felt, one of each color.

Cut out the circles.

This step is optional, but it makes the finished pinwheel look nice and crisp: Glue the two pieces of felt together, using just a small amount and preferably near the edge of the circles. This will keep the felt from lifting and pulling apart. Don’t put the glue right in the center or it’ll cause you problems later when sewing the center.

Cut notches in the two circles to make an “X”. They should measure about a third of the circle’s diameter.

Using the two photos above as a guide, fold the corners with the pink dots to the center.

Use a needle and thread to stitch the corners down (or use glue… I’m sure that would work just fine) and sew a cute little bead to the center. That’s it!

I glued them to wooden dowels when I was making the centerpieces, but you could also make a cardigan pin, a hair clip or headband, or string them up as a garland. HOW FLIPPING CUTE WOULD THAT BE? OMG.

Tutorial: Felt Pom Pom Flower Thingamabobs

I’ve been asked to give some instructions on how to make the felt pom-pom type flower thingamabobs I used on the yarn wrapped wreath a few weeks ago.

Note: They’re a lot easier to make than they seem.

Note: I need to just toss out that gross old glue gun already. You might gag when you see the photo below.

Note: It happens to be 1:00 in the morning and I’m in a zombie-like state, so pardon the mumbo jumbo ramblings. I was laying in bed and was all, “NEED TO DO POM-POM THINGAMABOB TUTORIAL OR WILL NEVER FALL ASLEEP”, so here I am.

Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1:

Cut a strip of felt about 2 inches wide. The longer your strip is in length, the larger your flower will be.

Step 2:

Fold your strip in half and glue the edges together. Make sure ONLY to put your glue right at the edges, not in the center of your fold.

Step 3:

Cut little notches along the length of the felt, only going about halfway through to the other end. You’ll be cutting on the fold… WHERE YOU DIDN’T PUT ANY GLUE! Right? You listened to me before, right?

Step 4:

Start at one end of the strip and start rolling it up, like you would if you were rolling a sleeping bag. Dab a few dots of glue along the way to hold things in place.

This is the back of your flower. It doesn’t look perfect or pretty, but no one’s going to see it. Make sure you secure the outside edge with a generous amount of glue so it doesn’t unroll on you.

All done!

That’s it!

To make the larger white flower, I just made 2 strips of felt and went through the cutting and gluing steps. When I finished rolling the first strip, I glued on the 2nd strip and continued to roll it up. Does that make any sense? I hope so!

Use these little babies as gift toppers, brooches, shoe clips, hair clips, on wreaths, string them up as a garland… whatever you do, it’s going to be adorable. I love making these and you will too!

And now I sleep.

Making pretties…

Here is a little of what I’ve been up to lately. I have been cutting and sewing like a mad woman in preparation for a craft show, only to find that a friend’s wedding is on the exact same day. Whoops!

I’ll be getting around to posting more and more of the new things I’ve made in my shop, so keep an eye out…

Pretty White BloomMini White Posy Hair PinsPosy Ring | Felt Rosettes

The rosettes are absolutely adorable on toddler heads, fyi. Maddie has a collection. :)

I made an owl for Mr. Jack

(Oh yeah, did I mention that yet? We’re naming him Jack.)

The stitching is far from perfect and it almost looks like it has devil horns, but I think this little felt owl will have no problem making a cozy home in Maddie and Jack’s soon-to-be shared room.

What do you guys think of making a few more of these owls and turning them into a mobile for the baby’s crib? I’m getting the crafty bug!