felt flowers are everywhere. why? because they are simply adorable, a classic throwback to a simple fabric that reminds us of bible school crafts and holiday decorations.
felt has made a comeback in a HUGE way – with petite flowers flanking everything from hairpins to lampshades to wreaths to brooches, to pillows. and they have caught my eye with a fierceness.
in honor of valentine’s day, i thought i would attempt to make ava a “princess flower headband” (she automatically thinks she becomes a princess when a headband is atop her head).
there are oodles of tutorials online, outlining steps to make at least 7 variations of a felt flower. i tried four one evening, and after discovering how simple they were, i now have several future felt flower projects in store!
first, i picked up a few 29-cent sheets of felt from ac moore, a craft store i pass everyday on my way home (convenience is key for this working mama).
fold one side of the felt over about 2 inches (i totally used my 4th grade estimation skills by whipping out my finger to measure an inch. classy.).
then on the side that is NOT folded, you cut fringes about 1/2 to 3/4 down the remaining fabric. the thinner the fringe, the more “petals” you’ll have at the end.
then you start at one end and coil the fabric tightly, using an embroidery needle to secure the coil with a couple of stitches. i had to give my flower a haircut, since his fringes were entirely too long, making him look like some sort of monster from yo gabba gabba.
you can also use the same steps as above, but cut the FOLDED side into strips, which makes this lovely loopy flower, which is much cuter (in my opinion).
my favorite design, though, is the rosette. start out by free-handing a 4-inch diameter circle.
cut a spiral through the felt, leaving a little tab at the center.
starting on the outermost spiral, roll it tightly until you get to the center and you’ll have a cute little rosette cupcake at the end!
the tab fits perfectly at the bottom, which is the anchor for stitching a few stitches around the layers of the felt, making sure it will stay in place (please disregard my very unmanicured nails. eek).
you can use the same steps for the rosette, but cut wavy spirals, which will make the rosette have waves of petals instead of straight lines. this actually turned out quite well, which is what i decided to sew onto a sparkly pink headband for miss ava’s valentine princess headgear.
she loved it and immediately said, “i’ll be ariel and you be cinderella.”
my next felt project idea? a springtime wreath? i think, yes!
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