How to Make Felt Flowers – with free printable pattern!

An easy felt flower tutorial that can be used for making headbands, magnets, wreaths and more!

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Have you ever seen those felt flower tutorials where they tell you to start with a square and free-hand cut it into a scalloped spiral, add a dab of glue and you’ll end up with a perfectly formed rose?  Yeah.  I’ve tried those.  Unless you have mad scissor skills, that plan is not gonna work.  So I created a pattern for a large rolled felt flower that is basically fool proof.  You’re welcome!  The hardest part will be cutting it out.  And trying to stop yourself from glueing felt flowers to every surface in your house.

Free felt flower pattern. Great for beginners wanting to make floral headbands or wreaths!

Pro Tip: Tools

So the key to a successful felt flower lies in the tools you use.  Especially your scissors and glue gun.  I’ve tried a handful of glue guns, and let me tell you that the wrong one can really affect the quality of your florals.

Lucky for you, I went ahead and did some research and I can recommend the best ever hot glue gun that I’ve used for working with felt; Surebonder Detail Mini Glue Gun.

The best precision glue gun for working with felt.

It has a fine tip nozzle so you can really get into detail work without ending up with globs of glue everywhere.  It has a handy dandy on/off switch, which is a lifesaver if you’ve had to plug it in behind furniture.  And it doesn’t get gummed up if you lay it down while it’s on instead of standing it up.  Win!  Sometimes you need to be speedy once you’ve added the glue to your piece and it’s nice to know you don’t need to fumble around with your glue gun if you’ve knocked it over.

Large Rolled Rose

This flower is really versatile since it has a flat bottom.  You can use it for headbands (as you’ll see below), you could turn it into a magnet,  add a wire stem and create a bouquet or even make a sweet nursery garland.  I’ve found that most patterns or dies out there are for teeny tiny flowers, which are great for some designs, but sometimes you need a large flower to make a large statement!

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What You’ll Need

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks (You won’t regret trying out the Surebonder!)
9″x12″ Coloured Felt Sheet per flower – I used Pale Teal, Thistle and Blush
Green Felt for leaves – I used Fern
Matching Elastic for Headbands – 1/8″ wide
Printed Pattern
Scotch Tape
Freezer Paper (optional)
Scissors – Shears and Snips

Cut it Out

My favourite way to cut out complex patterns is to tape them with scotch tape directly on the felt and cut through the felt and tape simultaneously.

You could also print the pattern onto freezer paper and iron it directly onto your felt. The paper will easily peel off after you’ve cut out the flower.

Tape the pattern to the felt and cut through both at once

You’ll end up with a circular scrap from the middle of the pattern, save that for later.  You can simply use straight pin to cut out the leaf pattern.

You need the best tools to get the best results for felt flowers

Roll It and Glue It

Starting at the outer end, run a line of glue along the bottom of the first petal and roll it to secure.  Place the rolled end upside down between your thumb and middle finger, roll it and add glue periodically till the whole flower is formed.  The precision tip of the Surebonder glue gun means you’ll get great control over how much glue ends up on your flower!

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How to make a rolled felt flower

Once your flower is rolled, apply a generous amount of glue to the back and affix the circle that you saved from earlier.  Press them together well.

Securing the backside of your felt flowers

I continued on to turn my flowers into sweet headbands.  To attach a length of elastic (purchased at your local craft store), glue one side of the leaves piece to the back of the flower, place the looped elastic between the flower and leaves and glue down the other side of the leaves.

How to add elastic to your felt flowers

Now you have stunning headbands to share!

Felt Flower Headband Tutorial with Free Pattern

Easy Rolled Flower Tutorial with Pattern

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Grab the free pattern for this large rolled rose

How would you use these flowers?

ps. Don’t forget your pattern!  Happy Crafting!

41 Responses to How to Make Felt Flowers – with free printable pattern!

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  3. JoAnne Woll says:

    Hello Laura,

    I was looking online for an idea for a Christmas corsage for my luncheon guests and came across this pattern of yours. It was the perfect one. I have to make a dozen, however, each one I make is better than any gift I could have shipped hours for and wrapped beautifully, because it’s coming from the heart of friends. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. We appreciate your gifts!
    Thank you for your talent and generosity. Jo

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  5. Wilhelmina says:

    Are these made with the wool felt?

  6. Rosemary Buckner says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and pattern.
    Have you found a website where I can get colored baby headband elastics?

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  8. sandy says:

    Hi. Thanks for the tutorial but couldn’t download the pattern. Pls help me out here.

    • Laura says:

      Hi Sandy, When you click on the word ‘pattern’ either at the beginning or end of the post it should open in a new tab where you can print or download it. 🙂

  9. Rachael says:

    How big is the finished flower? Thanks.

  10. Super Nutella says:

    I love making felt flowers you can make them in so many different ways for instants I make them by getting a strip of felt and cutting it into a zigzag then rolling it. : )

  11. claudia says:

    thank you for the pattern didn’t have to join anything to try this rose.

  12. Cindy says:

    Thank You! How generous of you to share the pattern!

  13. Holly says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. My granddaughters and I will have fun with this.

  14. winbell says:

    thank you for sharing your pattern, i love it! 🙂

  15. Jennifer says:

    You could trace the pattern on to freezer paper and then iron shiny side down on tonyourcfelt and after cutting out the freezer paper peels right off

  16. Maxine Barnum says:

    Do you know how I can adjust it to fit an 18″ doll?

  17. Connie Barnum says:

    Do you know how I can adjust it to fit an 18″ doll?

  18. Angela says:

    Thank you, thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for!

  19. macee says:

    I love your flower, wondering if you could make this into a svg or png file so I can cut it with my cricut machine?

  20. Della Rhoads says:

    Thank you very much for the pattern. It’s awesome

  21. Debby says:

    Lovely! Thanks for the pattern. Could you please send me the patterns for various felt crafts and a little note on how to diy?

  22. Alena says:

    Thank you for the idea. Can I use your idea and pattern for business purposes? Thanks!

  23. Gem Astren says:

    So cute! Do you think these would be durable enough to add elastic and use for dog collar accessory? Or would the glue not hold up?

    • Laura says:

      Thanks! I would maybe add some extra glue just in case and I think it would work well enough. Life expectancy of the flower might depend on the energy of the dog! Haha

  24. Kris says:

    Thank you for sharing your pattern! Beautiful!

  25. Kathy says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’ve tried to make flowers a few times without the pattern and it’s been a fail. Would love to make magnets for myself and as house warming gifts to friends!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura says:

      I hear ya! I’ve tried so many times to make flowers without patterns and it’s always a disaster. Magnets are a great idea for a house warming gift!

  26. athena311 says:

    I love using scotch tape too!:D

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