Saturday, July 24, 2010

Felted Flower Tutorial

These felted flowers are simple to put together and can be used to decorate a purse, shirt, headband or whatever you just feel like jazzing up!

Even if you've never tried felting before, this is a great project for both beginners and advanced felters (I'm just a beginner felter, myself!).

For this project you'll need:

-Wool roving (in as many colors as you want flowers)
-A felting needle (can be purchased at any craft store)
-A "punching pad" for the felting process (I used a kitchen sponge)
-2 heart shaped cookie cutters, 1 small, 1 slightly bigger

Step 1: Take a few pinches of the wool roving and roll the fibers into a tube-like shape.

Step 2: Set this tube-like shape into your heart outline (or cookie cutter) and begin punching through the roving with your felting needle. Do this until the fibers don't break apart, approximately 45-60 seconds of quick stabbing. Flip heart over and repeat. Continue until you have your desired firmness in your wool.

Step 3: Make 4 of the large size hearts and 2 small.
Step 4: Once you've completed all your hearts, take the 2 smaller hearts and punch the sides together until they become connected.
Step 5: Fold the left side of the heart over and punch together again. Do the same for the remaining right side. It should look like this when completed:

Step 6: Start connecting the 4 large hearts by punching each side together. It should look like this once all 4 hearts have been connected together:
Step 7: Place the smaller hearts in the center of the larger 4 connected hearts. Take your felting needle and stab directly in the center several times to connect them together.


Step 8: Turn your flower upside-down and stab through the bottom of the flower in different directions, securing the individual hearts/petals together at the base.
Step 9: Turn your flower over - you're finished! Now you can attach it to anything you want, enjoy!

I've linked this post to Metamorphasis Mondays at Between Naps on the Porch, Just Something I whipped up at the Girl Creative , Mad Skills and Mad In Crafts, and Making Mondays Marvelous at CRAFT. Check them out!

18 comments:

  1. Very cool, thanks for sharing the tutorial! I've never tried needle felting before.

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  2. Thanks AJ, I think once you try it you'll be hooked! :)

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  3. that is very neat, i've never done this needle felting before. thank you for the lesson!

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  4. Oh my word that is fantastic! Thank you for such a great tutorial. I have some roving just begging to become flowers!!! So cool.

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  5. Now those are cute! Thanks for the tut on how to make them.

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting me over at Pittypat paperie and leaving a nice comment. Come again anytime Ü

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  6. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  7. This is wonderful... I MUST make a bouquet of these...thank you SO much,
    Donna

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  8. Thanks everyone, hope you get around to giving them a shot, they're so quick and fun to make! :)

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  9. This is so neat. The outcome is very pretty. I'm starting to really, really like felt. Thanks for this.

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  10. This looks great, might give this ago myself.

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  11. Do they fall apart if they are not washed in hot, soapy water a bit? I have never done this before.

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  12. Nope, they should stay perfectly intact as long as you needle-felt them together (approx. 1 minute of quickly punching the petals together). Hope this helps! Happy felting. :)

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  13. Thanks! I am going to give it a go then. I appreciate your help.

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  14. Super cute! I'm a knitter, as well. My Danish grandmother taught me on a trip back to Denmark. I've never needle felted before, but I sure want to now!

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  15. These are adorable! Thank you for this tutorial! I have started needlefelting a couple of days ago and this will be very useful.

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  16. These are so simple, yet effective. Can't wait to try one.

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  17. Thanks for an amazin tutorial - I've given you a mention on my site http://itsmymess.weebly.com/the-fuzzy-mess.html

    Love your blog!! :)

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