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Felt Flower Garland

Created By:

Emily Steffen

Skill Level: Intermediate

Soft felt flowers using your sewing machine! :)
I have made felt flowers before, but THISSSSS technique is everything I have been
wanting! Using your sewing machine (and shout-out to my amazing, tried-and-true
Janome 9450....holllllaaaaa) helps make the flowers “softer”, more floppy look, which I
think is more realistic and lends itself to more ways to use the flowers!!! SOOOOOO
grab your fave felt pieces (or heck, even those felt scraps) and let’s get MAKINGGGGG
to help usher in spring time!

Like I said, if you’ve made felt flowers before, you will likely already know how to do 1/2
this pattern that I have below, BUUUUUUUT the addition of using your sewing machine
is what makes the flowers less “stiff” and more soft and loose. And quite frankly, I don’t
think I’m every turning back! This one extra step (which kinda isn’t even an extra
step.....but more on that later) using a gathering stitch on your sewing machine is what
does the trick! ANND AND AND I found that using thread instead of glue makes the
flowers A LOT less heavy (in weight and visually) so that you’re able to string these on a
garland (like I chose to) or even make them into a head piece, add them to a wedding
veil, put them on a wreath, or even make them into a necklace, headband or hair clip!!!!

Janome Supplies Required

Felt in your favorite colors
Your sewing machine - of course I love my JANOME 9450! :)
Sharp scissors
Pencil for tracing
A round bowl, tupperwear top or container to make circles
Some fabric glue or hot glue (I love the Aleene’s felt glue)
Some ribbon or wreath form or anything you want for displaying your gorgeous
flowers :)

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut out your flowers and leaves:
Choose your colors and begin to cut your flowers! This is the suppppper fun part!
There are 4 easy steps to cutting these flowers:
1. Cut a circle (I traced a circle from tupperwear lid tp make sure my circle was
round and in various sizes)
2. Cut a slit about 1 inch into the side of the circle and then begin to cut a spiral
inward until you get to the middle - leave a little “knob” at the very middle center of the
spiral
3. Then begin to add “variety” to your leaves. You will cut back from the inside out
along the spiral (just one edge of the spiral - the “outer edge”). THIS IS THE STEP
THAT MAKES THE FLOWERS HAVE VARIETY! Think about the shapes of pedals - try
some with a scalloped edge for a more daisy look, try just a wavy edge for a more
garden rose look or even double bumps for some carnation style :) This is fun to see
how the lines you cut end up turning into flowers - I did just a BIG variety on all sizes of
the circles that I cut.

4. The last step is to cut that inner “knob” into a tab that can be folded over later
on (for threading ribbon or hanging, etc). Basically cut your round knob into a slit by
making it more rectangular rather than a circle (see pic for a visual example)! :)
I also chose to cut out some “insides” or middle parts to the flowers to add depth and
variety (and this also uses MORE scraps..... #winwin)! 1. Cut a strip of felt about
2 inches wide by however long you want (about 2-3 inches will do for the center of each
flower)
2. You can either cut slits (fringe) along one side (leaving the bottom 1/4” free for
stitching down) orrrr you can fold over a felt strip lengthwise and cut fringe along the
folded edge (again, leaving the bottom 1/4” free for stitching).
I also cut out some leaf shapes out of green felt and some “veins” or details from the
greenish felt scraps that I had from other projects. I LOVED the variety that adding
leaves and the veins gave the whole garland when finished! :)
2. Gather stitch + tie off :)
With your sewing machine, put on your straight stitch foot and choose a straight stitch
on your machine (or screen or whatever option you have)! THEN, to get a “gathering
stitch” without a gathering foot, you will simply elongate your stitch length......mine is on
my LCD screen and I can visually see that the stitch is being elongated as I push the
numbers higher! :) I chose to elongate my switch to 4.0 (but you can go as high as you
want honestly)! :)
Place your flower under your foot so that you will stitch from the inside center along the
straight spiral that you cut in step 1. Be careful to stay about 1/4” away from teh edge
and just work your way out. When you are done stitching, you will pull out a longer tail to
leave thread for gathering.
Now it’s time to gather your flower! You will gently begin to pull the top thread of your
stitch that you just stitched on the machine and start to gather your felt. BE SURE NOT
TO PULL TOO HARD or you will break your stitch. You will want to pull from BOTH
SIDES of teh flower (the inside and the outside).......pull about 1/2 the length of the
spiral from the outside top thread and then pull the rest of the spiral from the inside top
thread! :)
TIP: Think of the gather as less of “pulling the tread” and more of “sliding the felt down
the stitch”.....this helped me to pull more gently and help gather the fabric well!
When the spiral is gathered as much as you want (not too tight) then you will want to tie
off the gathering by simply tying the top and bottom threads to one another (do this for
both the inside of the spiral and the outside of the spiral).
3. Now it’s time to wind your flower! :)
Hold onto the tab (the inside of the spiral) and you will begin to wind your flower from
the inside out. I held the tab by pinching it between my thumb and pointer finger and
then wound the rest of the gathered felt around that point. I used some fabric glue to
tack a few spots in place along the bottom straight, gathered edge to be sure that it all

stuck together. Then ran a bead of glue on the final outer pedal part to secure the whole
flower together!! :)
I then folded over the bottom tab to create a “channel” to thread the ribbon through and
tacked it down! :)
NOTE: If you have any leaves that you cut out, you will want to glue the leave under the
tab at the bottom of the flower!
AND TAAADAAAA I had my first flower completed!
Repeat ALLLLL of these steps in an assembly line fashion to make as many amazing,
felt flowers as you want!!! :)

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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
KLWash
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
SewSueMe2002
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Jillfmischo
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
elenaz
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
plonkar
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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