Are you just getting started on your felt flower journey? Are you a seasoned crafter with lots of felt experience? Or do you fall somewhere in between? What ever your skill level is when it comes to felt florals, you’ve come to the right place. These 26 DIY felt flower tutorials are perfect for beginners, and are so beautiful that ANYONE would want to have them! I only picked the prettiest blooms for this post. 🙂
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I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time. There are so many gorgeous DIY felt flower tutorials out there, and I wanted to round up the best of the best to share with you!
But rounding up these tutorials just kept bringing up other questions that I felt needed to be answered. I know people love to make felt blooms, but might be wondering what can be made with the finished flowers. Or would love to try to make felt flowers but don’t know where to start finding the right felt. So I tried to touch on those topics too.
As with anything in life, practice makes perfect. So if your flower doesn’t turn out the way you imagined on the first try, try it again. It typically takes me 3-4 attempts with a design before I get it right. So don’t lose heart!
What Can I do with Felt Flowers?
There are so many ways to use felt flowers, for decorating or for gift giving. Here are a few ideas of what to make with felt flowers:
Bouquets – Perhaps the most obvious project is to make a bouquet with felt flowers and put it in a jar on the mantle or wrap it in brown paper to give away.
Wreaths – Omit the stems on your flowers and create a beautiful wreath with them. You can use a grapevine wreath like this one, or even a large embroidery hoop.
Garlands – String up a selection of flowers and felt leaves to drape over a mirror, headboard or crib.
Flower Wall – Leave the stems attached and do a variation on a flower wall like this one. It would be an amazing photo backdrop for a party!
Mobiles – Use an embroidery hoop to create a lovely felt flower mobile to hang in a nursery or playroom.
Banners or Pennant Decor – Make a banner wall hanging with DIY felt flowers and add some words or a quote to personalize it! (I have a Christmas themed banner DIY that will at least give you the base pattern for the banner and explain how to hang it.)
Headbands or Hair Accessories – Turn felt flowers into headbands, hair clips or crowns.
Wood Signs or Letters – Adding a few felt flowers and foliage to a wood sign or large letter is a great way to elevate your decor.
Hoop Art – Fill an embroidery hoop with cute fabric and decorate it with flowers. You can embroider a name on it too to create the perfect gift. Like what I’ve done with my succulent hoops or name hoops.
Decorate a Pillow – Sew some flowers onto a pillow! You wouldn’t be able to launder it though, so it could only be a decorative pillow that no one actually uses.
Curtain Tie Backs – I love felt flowers for creating beautiful curtain tie backs. And they are so easy to swap out for seasonal decorating.
Ornaments – Create lovely hanging ornaments, either for Christmas or to decorate a twig tree for Spring holidays.
Picture Frames or Mirrors – Add flowers to frames or mirrors in a gallery wall.
Lamp Shades – Craft a beautiful customized lamp shade by glueing felt flowers of various sizes and colours on it.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas I should add to this little list of things you can do with felt flowers!
What is the Best Felt for Making Flowers?
I get this question a lot actually, so I made a quick video to explain what kind of felt I use for making florals:
My favourite shops for purchasing felt online are Benzie Design and The Felt Pod. Both shops have a wonderful selection of felt products, including 100% wool felt, wool blend felt, felt balls, roving and die cuts.
But the first place to look would be your local craft store. Mine has a few colours of wool blend felt. They’re not the best colours unfortunately, but if your craft store has the same then it’s a great way to get your felty feet wet. Test out some flowers using the felt that’s locally available and when you feel comfortable with your skill level, you can spend a little more money getting the colours you really want!
If you are looking for wholesale suppliers, send me an email and I will share my sources with you. 🙂 I actually used to run a felt supply shop, so I know a few things!
26 DIY Felt Flower Tutorials, Patterns & Templates
disclaimer: Most, but not every flower below has a pdf pattern that you can print. Some of these felt flower DIYs are just an explanation of how to re-create the bloom.
I am pretty sure though that none of these designs require a Cricut or a die cut machine. They can all be hand cut. Which makes these DIY felt flower tutorials perfect for beginners who aren’t ready to invest in any specialized tools or equipment!
My favourite way to simplify having to cut many many petals by hand, or complex patterns, is to use Quilter’s Freezer Paper. You can print your pdf pattern right on the freezer paper and gently iron it onto your felt. Then you cut through the paper and felt simultaneously. Peel the paper off when you’re done. It’s totally optional, but it really speeds up the process if you’re doing lots of petals!
Alright, time to get crafting!
1. Calla Lily
First up, a classic white calla lily. These are one of my favourite flowers in real life, so of course I had to design a felt version! Those little stamens in the center of the flowers are actually a cake decorating accessory! I felt quite smug & clever when I figure out how to use them for felt florals. (They aren’t edible, so they won’t melt or anything.)
Although not technically a flower, these eucalyptus stems are perfect for filling out bouquets or adding foliage to other projects. They’d be great for bending into a wreath shape too.
3. Rolled Rose
I think this is the first felt flower pattern I ever designed, and it remains my most popular post! It makes a flat bottomed flower, which is ideal for headbands, wreaths and banners.
How do you Roll Felt Flowers?
One of the easiest ways to make felt flowers is to cut a design in a spiral shape and roll it. That’s what the roses above are.
So I made a little video explaining how to roll felt flowers:
The glue gun you see me using in the video is my very favourite Surebonder with a precision detail tip. It’s a really great glue gun for making felt flowers.
(One thing I forgot to mention is if you cut out a die shape that creates little points between the scallops, you want to cut off the little points so you have a somewhat smooth edge to roll, that will in turn create a flat bottomed flower. I hope the pic below helps illustrate what I mean! I use this die a lot, it makes both the little spiral flowers below.)
Back to the felt flower patterns!
This is a gorgeous pattern from Something Turquoise. I believe there is a printable pdf with this one. There will be a few patterns in this round up from that site, they have some stunning designs!
Another flat bottomed flower perfect for headbands. The center fringe would also be lovely done in a metallic felt.
I think this one is just called a mermaid flower because of the bright colours. I don’t think there’s a real life flower by that name. 😀
I LOVE the use of the yarn in the center of this DIY felt anemone. Mixing materials can be so fun and really stretches the creative muscles. Plus, it’s so darn pretty!
Another one of my designs. I paired them here with the eucalyptus stems I mentioned above. See how with only 2 floral designs you can already begin to pull a bouquet together?! Magic!
This is so gorgeous, I just can’t. How lovely would this be as a permanent fixture in a guest room?
I know the photo is a bit dark, but this really is a lovely DIY!
11. Rose Bud Stem
You guessed it, I designed this one too. lol. You can make a dozen of these in an afternoon, ready to give as a hostess gift or even for Mother’s Day!
Another stunner from Something Turquoise. The fun thing about this round up of 26 (!) DIY felt flower tutorials is that you can mix and match them to create a totally unique arrangement or decor piece. These protea would be beautiful paired with my calla lilies and eucalyptus!
I didn’t know what else to call these since I don’t think they’re based on any real life flower. Haha. But they are still so cute!
Real life coneflowers are in bloom now as I write this, so my love for them is extra pronounced. They are such a lovely, late summer bloom. I think I’d prefer them in more muted colours done in felt, these brights are a little too much for my aesthetic. But I love the added shading and detailing! It’s amazing what you can make with felt!
This tutorial is for the pink flowers with the yellow fringe. But this shows you how you can use flat-bottomed flowers to decorate a hoop or wreath!
16. Cabbage Rose
Can you imagine a whole bouquet of these felt cabbage roses?! Swoon.
And another way to use those flower stamens I mentioned! This DIY felt flower tutorial shows you how to make a hair clips with the flower, but you could easily add a stem before you start rolling the petals and make an arrangement with them.
18. Easy Roses
These would be so pretty hanging upside down in a nursery mobile!
I can just see this felt hydrangea bloom as a boutonniere or corsage. Or used to fill up a little teacup arrangement. Hmm, so many ideas, so little time.
These flower pieces look to be die-cut or cricut-cut in the photo, but the pattern is available as a printable PDF so you can hand cut them as well. I love that you can just use one layer of petals for a simple bud-sized bloom, or use multiple layers for a fuller flower!
To be honest, I had never heard of an imperial fritillary before, but it’s a real flower! And the felt version is just delightful!
22. Gerbera Daisy
I mean, who doesn’t love a gerbera daisy?!
This one doesn’t have a printable pattern, the DIY felt flower tutorial is more of a guide. But the flower is so pretty I had to include it.
24. Large Dahlia
Here’s another take on a felt dahlia. These would work well to fill up spaces in a gallery wall.
25. Lavender Stems
No felt bouquet is complete without a few lavender stems. Like the eucalyptus, they just fill out the arrangement and pull everything together. These would also look amazing hanging upside down in a mobile!
This adorable dianthus flower is one of several free DIY felt flower tutorials offered by The Handmade Florist in her makealong series.
Bonus 27. Felt Flower Headband
I just finished up this design and I’m so happy with it! There are 3 little flowers included and the files are available in both PDF and SVG formats!
Phew! Congrats if you made it to the bottom of the post! There were just so many amazing DIY felt flower tutorials that I wanted to share with you, so this post got a bit long! 😛
I’m always dreaming up new ideas and designs, so I’m sure there will be another post in the future with MORE gorgeous (& free!) felt flower patterns. Have you come across any tutorials you’d like to share? Add them in the comments.
As always, happy crafting!
ps. If you have not yet had your fill of felt flowers, I have a few special patterns available for purchase here. 🙂