I’m back again with another free felt flower pattern and tutorial! Learn how to make easy felt flowers with this DIY felt cosmos tutorial. You can use it to create a bouquet or use it in a wreath or mobile. It could even become a hair clip or a boutonniere!
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I originally designed this felt cosmos for my sister’s wedding bouquet. They are one of our mom’s favourite flowers, so we thought they’d be a lovely addition for the floral arrangements!
They are simple to make and don’t require a lot of felt to create a big impact. And they’re quick to whip up. You could make a whole bouquet of them in a couple of hours!
I think once fresh flowers are done for the season, I’ll be putting together a felt arrangement of these cosmos to decorate my dining table for the fall and winter.
I’ve also designed a pretty eucalyptus stem (as seen in the pic above) to accompany them. You can find the tutorial for that here.
I have a few other free felt flower patterns available here on the blog. There are also some gorgeous patterns available to purchase in the shop. 🙂
Alright, let’s get started!
How to Make Easy Felt Flowers
For each DIY felt cosmos flower you will need:
10mm felt ball (light pink) – one
Coloured Felt (dark pink) – 4″x5″ piece
Coloured Felt (light pink) – 1.5″x1.5″ piece
Green Felt – 2″x2″ piece
20 Gauge floral wire – cut to 12″
Fine point sharpie (darker pink)
Pattern – Print at 100% (get it below)
Small embroidery scissors
Hot glue gun
Note on colour selection: You don’t have to make a pink flower like I did in this example. But what I suggest is, whatever main colour you choose, pick either a lighter shade of the same tone for the center fringe or try to match the fringe with the felt ball.
I’ve found that these DIY felt cosmos flowers look best when the felt ball is either a lighter shade of the main petals, or a pale yellow or white will also work. Sometimes you just have to use what you have on hand since it can be hard to find felt supplies locally.
This is my favourite shop for buying felt supplies online.
Try to find a sharpie colour that is slightly darker than the petal colour.
The cosmos flower and eucalyptus stem patterns are available as a set. Find the sign-up box at the bottom of the post to have them sent directly to your inbox!
Cut Out the Petals
Cut out all the pieces using small scissors. Simply pin or tape the paper pattern pieces to the felt and cut around them.
Take your sharpie, and with a light hand draw 3 lines on each petal starting at the base of the petal and dragging the marker upwards.
Your lines should not look perfect. They can vary in length and placement to give the flower dimension and a more realistic appearance.
Note: I forgot to mark on the pattern to snip off the bottom corners of the leaf pieces. You can see in the photo below where to trim the corners.
Make the Flower Center
Step 1: Snip into the felt ball about halfway. Fill the hole with hot glue and insert the end of the floral wire. Hold it in place until the glue sets.
Step 2: Snip a tiny hole in the middle of the fringe piece. Slide it up the wire and secure it to the bottom of the ball with a dot of glue.
Step 3: Add a short line of glue to each section of fringe and fold it up the felt ball. Hold to secure. Make sure your glue doesn’t ooze past the snips in the fringe.
Constructing the DIY Felt Flower
Take the single petals, add a dot of glue to the very bottom on the back side and glue them on top of the 4-petaled base so that the top edges all line up in a nice circle.
Slide the petals up the wire and secure with a dot of glue to the bottom of the ball and fringe.
Apply a thin ring of glue to the base of the dark pink petals, as shown by the arrow below.
While the glue is still hot, pinch all the petals imperfectly up around the ball and hold while the glue sets.
The beauty of a cosmos flower is that they aren’t supposed to look perfect. In real life, the petals don’t all lie uniformly in place. They are supposed to be a little wonky and irregular!
So as long as all the petals are glued upwards and aren’t still lying flat, you’re good. They don’t all have to be in a perfect position.
Apply glue the bottom section of one piece of greenery. Pinch it around the wire stem so that the fringe-y strips splay out around the flower.
Repeat with the second piece of greenery.
Look how beautifully the DIY felt cosmos fill out this flower bouquet!
The 3 larger flowers, rose, ranunculus and gazania are available for purchase as a bundle here. They come with full colour step-by-step tutorials and printable patterns.
The eucalyptus seen below is another freebie on the blog. You can find the eucalyptus tutorial here. And if you’re looking for more free felt florals, check out this post that includes 3 mini flowers!
Don’t forget to sign up to get your free felt flower patterns:
Tell me in the comments, what other DIY felt flowers would you like to see on the blog? I need suggestions!
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These are absolutely lovely! Thanks for the detailed tutorial and the free patterns! Definitely gonna check out your Etsy shop. Can’t wait to make a beautiful bouquet that won’t die on me! Ha ha