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!
- 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)
- 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.