Since we do fabric or felt flowers around here a lot I thought it would be fun to have a page with all the directions – in one handy dandy place!
For each rosette you’ll need one strip and one felt circle. The longer and/or wider your strip, the larger your flower will be. I like to tear a long strip about 1″ wide for most rosettes – then I can cut the length off if I don’t need it.
Tie a knot close to one end of the fabric strip.
Hold the knot in your left hand and begin twisting the strip loosely with your right hand. Start to wrap the twisted strip around the knot.
(Ignore my scritchy sad little painted fingernail please. :)
Keep wrapping until your rosette is a little bigger than your felt circle.
Tuck the end under the rosette and hot glue it to the felt circle.
(You can also sew these together if you don’t want to use hot glue.)
Now you have a cute little fabric rosette!
To make these rolled felt flowers you’re going to cut out a spiral circle. To give them the little ”petal” look – you want to cut out a wavy spiral like the one below. If you want, you can draw out a spiral as a guide, or you can free hand it. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle (obviously :). You just don’t want the spiral sections to be too wide – otherwise you’ll have really tall flowers. You might want to have some “practice felt”. My first flowers were a little sad and chunky looking.
Once your spiral is cut, start rolling up the flower at the outside end. Roll it tightly into a spiral.
You want the center pretty tight – then you can start rolling it a little more loosely so the outer sections look more like open petals.
When you’ve rolled the whole flower, you’ll have the little center section left.
Glue this down to the center of the flower, then cut a small felt circle to glue to the base. This will hold the flower in place.
Cut two petal shapes out of paper, one longer than the other by about a 1/2″. Cut 5 of the larger petals out of fabric and 7 of the smaller petals out of fabric.
Sew a gathering stitch along the bottom of the large petals, about 1/4″ from the straight end.
Sew the last petal to the first and pull up the gathering stitch. Knot the thread.
Repeat with the seven smaller petals.
Layer the smaller flower on top of the larger and glue together.
Glue a small felt circle to the back of the fabric flower and glue one of your small cream rolled flowers in the center.
You can also rough up the edges of the flower a bit to give it more of a frayed look.
To make a ruffle flower, cut 12 circles out of white satin. The bigger the circles, the bigger your flower will be.
Fold the circles in half, then in half again. Glue the point to a felt circle.
Cover the rest of the circle with one row of folded circles, then add another two or three rows, depending on how full you want your flower.
Add a button to the center and fluff up the circles.
Cut 5 small circles out of fabric.
To make tiny flowers – use the top of a large spool of thread. If you want to make larger ones, just increase the size of your circle.
Sew around the edge with little gathering stitches. (kind of like if you were making a yo-yo)
Pull up the stitches just a bit to start to form a ball. Add a wee tiny bit of stuffing inside.
Pull the stitches tight and then sew along the bottom edge to hold everything in place.
Repeat for the other four circles, then sew them together in a flower shape.
With some ribbon, create a little rolled flower center and glue that in the center of your puffy flower.
You can also create little flowers with ribbons. These will work best for small flowers.
ut small strips of ribbon and fold them in half. Sew gathering stitches along the ends.
Pull up your threads until the ribbon is all gathered, then sew the last ribbon to the first one.
Add rolled ribbon flowers to the centers to finish them off. You could add buttons or little beads too!