And I knew (I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew)
she could make me happy (happy, happy).
Flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.
~ The Cowsills, 1967
These felt flowers are so much fun to make – and so versatile. Depending on what you put behind them, they can be a hair clip, bookmark, brooch and, of course, they can be a card embellishment.
I love it when paper craft supplies cross over into fabrics and other crafts. (Helps justify the expense, right?) I used my die cut system (Big Shot) with my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die and my Nestabiliites, but you could also use just about any flower-building die, like My Favorite Things Upsy Daisy and Stampin' Up! Flower Folds. If you don't have a die cut system, many local scrapbook stores will let you use theirs for a small fee or with a purchase. You can also make your own pattern by tracing flower shapes, like I did for my leaves. Paper punches will not cut through felt.
Gather your ingredients:
- Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die.
- One circle die, no more than 1" wide. This is going to cover the back of the flower, so you can also free-hand cut a circle.
- You won't need any more than a 6" by 6" panel of your choice of two felt colors: one color for the flower blossoms and another for the leaves. I guess it's no secret I love Benzie Bazaar heirloom quality felt. It comes in 80 different colors, die cuts beautifully, and comes in a great size for card making.
- Coordinating embroidery floss. Ecru (off white) or browns work well.
- An embroidery needle.
- Fabric glue. I like Fabri-Tac. It's gooey to work with, but it dries clear and quickly.
- Optional – tulle netting for just a little more texture (often in the wedding isle of your craft store).
Depending on what you want to do with your flower, you'll need hair clips, paper clips or corsage pins (found in the wedding isle at Michaels or Hobby Lobby).
Use your die cut system to cut your felt flower petals and circle back. You can cut your tulle netting at the same time.
I didn't have a die to cut a leaf so I drew my leaf on grid paper to create a pattern. Pin your pattern to the felt and cut it out twice.
When you've cut out all your pieces, you should have two sizes of flower petals, two leaves, one circle back, and, optionally, two different sizes of flowers cut from tulle netting (which, by the way, is impossible to photograph).
Pile up your flower pieces, and sew them together with a free-hand cross stitch.
Using four strands of your six-strand embroidery floss, embroider and connect your two leaves using a basic running stitch.
Trim your knots on the back.
Using your fabric glue, glue the leafs to the flowers.
If you're turning your flower into a brooch, just glue your circle back to your flower/leaf ensemble, and embellish your pin (see below).
If you're turning your flower into a hair clip or bookmark with a paperclip, cut two slits into the circle back.
Insert the smallest loop of the paper clip into the slips on your circle if you're making a bookmark.
insert the fattest part of the hair clip between into the slips on your circle if you're making a hair barrette.
Glue the circle back to the flower/leaf ensemble.
For your brooch, you can embellish the pin with a ribbon, tulle, and/or a charm.
Enjoy being a flower girl!
And, finally, you can use your paperclip, pin or hair clip to clip or pin your flower to a ribbon on your card.