Intro: Felt Flower Pincushion
Mothers and grandmothers are often known by their craftyness - they are always up to some projects for their little (or already grown up) children. My mom started to knit socks again because of her granddaughter arriving.. and I started to make more crafts for my little ones as well. If you too recognize your mom, friend or granny when reading this, a felt flower pincushion is a nice Mother day gift - something you can give her back and show that you support her loving crafts.
Step 1: Gather the Materials
- A4 sized felt sheets (green for leaves and other color for petals)
- washable fabric marker
- sewing machine and a needle and thread for handstitching (if you are patient you can do it without sewing machine as well!)
- a little woolfelt
- soap OR felting needle
- stuffing for petals - small fabric scraps, polyfill etc.
- printer and paper OR only paper and a pencil for drawing by hand.
Step 2: Print or Draw the Details
Download the picture, print it (or draw it by hand) and cut out the two details - leaves (the base) and a petal.
Step 3: Trace the Details on Felt
Trace the outlines of the template on the felt with a washable fabric marker. You will need 12 petals and 1 or 2 bases for leaves - depending on how thick you want the base to be.
Step 4: Cut Out the Details
Cut out the details - make sure you have 12 petals.
Step 5: Start Sewing!
Sew along the edges of the green leaves. You can cut of the excess felt if you like.
Step 6: Finish the Base
Using the template as an example, draw lines on the leaves with a fabric marker. Sew over these lines. The base is ready!
Step 7: Sew the Petals Together
Sew the petals together (join every 2 pieces) leaving small opening at the pointy side for stuffing.
Step 8: Stuff the Petals
Stuff the petals. You can use a pencil to push the stuffing inside.
Step 9: Sew on the Petals
Sew the petals onto the base and close the openings so the stuffing doesn't come out. Sew on the first layer - 3 petals like shown in the picture. Then add the other three to create a layered look.
Make the center. You can use needle felting or wet felting. I realized a had lost all of my felting needles, so I did the wet felting. If you haven't lost or broken your needles, you can needlefelt by pushing the needle in and out of the woolfelt until it forms a ball. If you choose the wet felting as I did, put some soap on the woolfelt and start rolling it in your hands like you would be making a ball from playdough. There may be some cracks in the ball as it is a bit harder to manipulate the felt with this method - you can add a bit more felt. If it gets too slippery, wash away part of the soap and continue to roll. After a while the wool will be compressed into a ball. Wash away the excess soap and let the ball dry.
Step 11: Finish Your Project!
Sew on the center. You are done!