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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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Now you have stunning headbands to share!
How would you use these flowers?
ps. Don’t forget your pattern! Happy Crafting!