Classic Felt Flowers – Tutorial

First of all, I have to give credit where credit is due. This amazing lady inspired me to try my hand at a different type of flower than usual, and I sort of switched it up a little to make it my own. Enjoy!

Now, I know I say this pretty much every time, but I LOVE THESE FLOWERS. I would jump into a big pile of them, roll around, toss them joyfully into the air and have them flutter down all around me, I adore them so much. (I’m weird, but that’s why you love me.)

Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun because I apparently like the excruciating 5 second pain it causes my fingertips, but try whatever you have on hand)
  • Center: A cute button, vintage earring, cluster of beads… other ideas?
  • Backing: Alligator clip, pin back, headband, etc.
  • This is another versatile craft and you can pretty much glue it to anything. Use it as a gift topper, maybe? OMG CUTE.
  • Also, notice how I didn’t say ‘needle and thread’?? These little babies are no-sew!

xo!

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Tutorial: Springy Rings

Supplies

  • 2 colors of coordinating fabric (or not. That’s just what I did.)
  • Ring with glue pad*
  • Beads for embellishing (I used some from a broken necklace)
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread
  • A lighter (for singeing the edges of your fabric)
  • Hot glue gun/craft glue/super glue/whatever kind of glue you happen to have

* I ordered a bunch of these little rings from an Etsy shop called The Perfect Bead. I haven’t spent much time looking around town in craft stores because I’m lazy and like to do most of my shopping online, from the comfort of my couch, while consuming some sort of ice cream… but I’m sure you can find them if you venture out into the world.

Instructions

I chose two coordinating fabrics in peachy/pink shades. One was a more matte material while the other was more of an organza type (shimmery and see-through). You can really use whatever color or type of material you like, but I’d suggest it be pretty lightweight.

Cut 5 circles from the first fabric, varying from 1 inch in diameter down to about 3/4 inch. Cut 3 circles from the second fabric in the the same varying sizes. Being exact really doesn’t matter in this step, so don’t stress yourself out trying to make perfect circles.

Use your lighter to singe the edges of each circle. This makes the fabric curl up and look more like flower petals. (I explain how to do this in more detail here.)

Stack your “petals”, alternating between the two types of fabric, with the largest circles on the bottom and the smallest on the top.

Run your needle and thread through the center of the stack to secure. If you’re not comfortable with using a needle and thread, you can use small dabs of glue to hold the petals in place.

Stitch or glue beads, pearls, rhinestones, or anything else you have onto the center of your flower.

Glue the back of the flower to the little pad on the ring and you’re finished!

These little rings make great gifts for birthdays, bridesmaids, or even Mother’s Day. Have fun with it!

Tutorial: Felt Rosettes

I am in love with these sweet little things. They are the most simple craft I’ve ever made and cost next to nothing (I think a sheet of felt at Michael’s is about 30 cents), but the finished product has such a big impact.

So easy, even little kids and cavemen can do it.

Supplies

  • Craft felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue (craft or hot glue or whatever you have laying around the house)

Cut smallish squares out of felt (smallish? do you love my precise instructions?)

They fit in the palm of my hand. Is that a better illustration?

This is just to give you an idea of how to cut your felt… you don’t have to literally draw a swirly circle pattern thing on each square. Oh yeah, now cut the felt.

After you cut out the swirly circle pattern thing, take the outside end of your felt circle (it’ll make sense once you’re there) and start rolling it up toward the center. You’re going to do this sort of like how you roll a sleeping bag. If you have never rolled a sleeping bag, you’re just out of luck because I can’t come up with anything better to describe this process. Also, you’re missing out on some joyous times because camping is fun. I’m sorry.

Once you’re finished rolling the felt, dab a little glue to the remaining end and secure it to the bottom of the rosette. This step makes me happy each time I do it because the end of the felt fits perfectly at the bottom of the rosette. Again, you’ll see what I’m talking about when you get there. It’s magical and my OCD appreciates this.

Some more swirly scrappy circle things ready to be rolled like a sleeping bag and magically glued into rosettes. Man, I need to start writing poetry. These things just come to me.

(Hi, I’m corny.)

But really, these rosettes are versatile and can be glued into a little bundle on top of an alligator clip…

Or used as adorable little gift toppers…

Enjoy. :)

Dainty Flowers for Your Hair – Yeahhh, it’s another tutorial.

I came up with these flowers one day when I was in a crafty mood and now I’m completely obsessed with them. I wear them in different colors nearly every day… it’s kind of a problem.

A few things to note:

  • I used an alligator clip for the back, but feel free to replace with any other types of bobby pins/clips you have handy. Or use a pin-back to make a cute brooch!  Oooooh, I like the way I think.
  • With these flowers I used a lightweight, silky fabric. Do you love how specific I am? Haha, I really am no expert, just make sure not to get too heavy of material because the edges will just burn and turn brown on you.
  • When singeing the fabric, BE FREAKING CAREFUL. I’ve burned fingers, clothes, and my bangs. You don’t actually have to touch the flame to the fabric to singe it and make it curl up, and you can easily catch the entire thing on fire.
  • Also, there’s no rhyme or reason to the size or shapes of the flower petals. Mine turned out to be about 2.5 inches wide, but do what you want!

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My Other Tutorials:

Headband Makeover (How to make a bow)

Anthropologie Bonheur Necklace

Anthropologie Floral Necklace

Bib Clips: A Simple DIY for Moms

Headband Makeover {How to Make a Bow}

Supplies:

  • Headband (mine was busted)
  • Ribbon (I used 7/8″ wide for this size bow, but you should adjust measurements below according to ribbon width)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

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Finished

(If you’re wondering, I’m gazing down at my toilet.) Let me know if you make one! :)

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