by Jessika Hepburn, O Happy Day Handmade
Flowers are blooming all over the city and summer still feels like it is in full swing. Here is a great, fast and beautiful project suitable for making with children that I originally shared on the Nurtured blog after creating them for a spring themed window display. Since then I have made thousands! These felt flowers are lovely embellishments for hair bands, brooches, shoes, room decor-anything really. Making them perfect for a last minute handmade gift. Slide one onto a bobby pin for a quick accessory to match your outfit or secure to a pin for a corsage that won’t wilt.
-1 Sheet of wool felt in any colour I use the Mercurius felt from Nurtured
-Embroidery floss/cotton thread
-Piece of scrap paper for template
Step 1: Trace and cut out a petal shape from a scrap piece of paper in whatever size you want- I like to do at least 3 or 4 different sized flowers from small to large.
Step 2: Using your template trace 5 petals onto your felt for each flower and then cut them out carefully.
Step 3: Cut a foot long piece of floss/thread and tie both ends together with a knot.
Step 4: Pinch the petal between thumb and forefinger and thread onto the needle passing through both sides of the petal.
Step 5: Repeat until all five petals are strung on the thread.
Step 6: Tie both ends of the thread together tightly.
7. Arrange the petals gently until the flower looks like the ones above and you are finished. If you plan to make a garland like the one below from my Etsy shop be prepared to cut out over a hundred petals!