Felt is the perfect material for hand-made scrapbook embellishments. It is inexpensive, colorful, dimensional, and full of great texture. These simple felt flowers require very few supplies and very little time to make. They can be used to dress up a wide variety of scrapbook page themes and designs. For more hand-made felt scrapbook page embellishment ideas be sure to read Felt Fall Leaves and Acorns Scrapbook Page Embellishments.
The Finished Flower - Gathered Felt Flower
The completed flower is nice and soft and not too thick for scrapbooking or card making. The flower shown here is approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter when finished. Visit the felt section of your local craft store and you will find inexpensive sheets of felt in every color of the rainbow. You can also find felt in patterns and glitter.
Step 1 - Gather Supplies for Felt Flowers
You will need just a few supplies to make these felt flowers. They include: 9x12 inch sheets of felt in colors for both the flowers and leaves, a sharp pair of scissors that will work well with fabric, DMC floss in coordinating colors to the felt, a large eye stitching needle, and large buttons or jumbo brads for the center of the flowers. For the sample shown here, I used red and apple green felt with DMC floss numbers 321 and 561, with a 1 inch wide white button. For more ideas for using buttons on your pages be sure to visit the gallery Scrapbook Pages with Buttons.
Step 2 - Cut the Felt Strip
To begin making the flower, you will need to cut a strip of felt that is 1 inch wide by 9 inches long. To add some extra detail to the finished flower, free-hand a wavy or scallop cut down one side of the felt strip as shown here. If you need help with a scallop design, you can print off the free scallop pattern here on About.com Scrapbooking.
Step 3 - Stitch the Felt
This felt flower is made by gathering the strip of felt. The easiest way to do that is to quickly stitch in and out down one side of the felt. To begin, cut a 12 inch long piece of floss and thread it on your needle. Tie a knot 2 inches from the end of the thread and begin stitching in and out (making a running stitch) down the entire length of the felt strip. The stitching should be approximately 1/4 inch in from the straight edge of the felt.
Step 4 - Gather and Tie
When you have stitched down the length of the felt strip, it is time to gather the strip and make a circle. Slide the felt strip along the stitching pulling on the floss and creating even gathers. As you gather, the felt with form a circle. When it is gathered as much as you would like it to be, tie the two ends together and make a knot. Trim off any excess floss. This is the same as when you make ribbon flowers. When you master the technique with felt be sure to read the step by step instructions for Making Ribbon Flowers.
Step 5 - Make Felt Leaves
To make felt leaves to accompany your flower, fold a small rectangle of green felt in half and free-hand cut a leaf shape. Leaves can be any size and shape and will still look great with this gathered felt flower. To add more detail to you leaves, add some hand-stitching to create veins. Try to stay at least 1/8 inch away from the edge of the felt to prevent fraying.