Tutorial: Felt Pinwheels

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)
  • 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.

24 thoughts on “Tutorial: Felt Pinwheels

  1. this is an ADORABLE diy post! thanks for sharing, sweet mama! i actually tried to make felt pinwheels recently and couldn’t figure out how to make the 2 layers fit together – never thought of gluing them. (-: absolutely adorable. now i want to make a pinwheel garland for poppy’s room…

    hope that you, the handsome husband, your lovely girl and your new little man are all wonderful!


  2. Super cute!!! I’m definitely going to have to try these out … they would make for some fun 4th of July decor!!

  3. Those are so cute! Thanks for the steps :0) Where do you buy your felt? Cause….my store never has colors like those…mostly just bright primary colors!

  4. Oh, Yay! I was making some the other day and i remembered seeing your pictures and looked them up! So cute!

  5. Thank you for the fabulous tutorial… these are so cute – I have seen some mini felt ones that are glued onto picks for cupcake toppers and this tute means I now know how to whip up some for my girls birthdays!
    Cheers ☺

  6. This is really cute! Love it=) Where did you get your hot glue gun? I’ve been looking for one. All we have is a big bulky hard-to-handle!


  7. I’m a mom of 3 under 3 and I have to say that I enjoy your blog so VERY very much. These crafts are just the cutest and make my creative endeavors so much more productive and are great inspiration :) Thank you!

  8. You have the cutest things on your blog. I predict your blog is going to end up costing me lots of cash. (Not that I’m not complaining) So many ideas swirling around in my head now!

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