I've seen a lot of felt flowers around, all of which are very cute. I've tweaked and combined a few that I had tried to make that was one a little more of what I wanted, which is a simple, somewhat realistic rose. So, here's what I came up with.
Here you can see the cuts. They are pretty basic, but I have included a template here just to make it easier. Along with the felt, I've got a hair clip that I'm going to attach it to, and I used some matching embroidery thread.
So after you have everything cut out, sew the two petal sections together to make a small x. I'm sure you could also glue this project if you're not much of a sewer. It might not look as clean, but it would work.
Now, start rolling up the strip of felt. Once you reach about 1/2 way, start twisting the felt as you roll it. This video will help explain this part. (Also, make sure to sing the Happy Working Song while you're working- it helps get things done faster.) :)
Third, attach the "petals" by sewing them first from the bottom, and then tack each petal in place with a small stitch. I did the smaller petals completely, and then moved on to adding the larger petals so I could shape the rose a little better. This video shows how I did this next step. (Muse is a great band to listen to while crafting, BTW.)
Once both those steps are done, you should have your cute little rose! Attach it to any project- bags, headbands, whatever! I'm going to finish this project by attaching it to a simple hair clip- fitting for my blog of course. I chose to cover my clip using some "flocking." If you hold a small bunch of embroidery thread and just make little tiny snips, you'll end up with a little pile of this great soft fluff.
Now just sew or hot glue your rose to the clip and you're finished! Pretty cute, and super fast. Imagine the cute little group of roses you could make- yellow, pink, white, so cute! Hope this was a fun tutorial, and please leave me a link if you try it out! :)
What's more fun than making your own felt rose clip?? Having one sent to you of course! Just leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Wednesday morning at 10am. (PST) Your choice of color! Yipee!!