Sunday, October 2, 2011

Felt Dahlia Flowers




Dahlia flowers are so gorgeous.

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I used this tutorial from It's the Little Things, but I made a few slight changes. I've seen a lot of similar flowers floating around Pinterest, and I am so glad that I decided to make one.

These are so much fun to make, require absolutely no sewing, and look good in so many combinations of colors.

Here is a free template of the stencils I used.

First, cut out 3 different sizes of petals to use as your stencils. Cut the large one from a 2 inch by 2 inch square, and make each of the next 2 a little bit smaller. I have included a copy of the stencils I used. You want to be careful when tracing and cutting, but at the same time remember that in nature every petal is slightly different from each other.


Now, using a hot glue gun, put a dab of glue at the end of each petal, and pinch it together until it dries.


Cut out a felt circle. Mine was about 3.25 inches in diameter.

Start gluing the outside ring of petals first. Lay them out before you glue them down to make sure that you know where they will all go. I used 12 petals for the outside ring.



Continue on with the next ring. I used 10 petals.



Now glue down the inner ring. I used 8 petals.


There are a lot of fun things to do with the center. You could use a little felt rose. I wanted to make it look a little bit like the center in the photograph of the dahlia above.


Here is another tutorial for the center flower.

Cut a thin strip of felt about 1 inch wide and about 8 inches long. Cut lines about 1/4 inch apart all along the strip. Do not cut through the edge {although if you do it will be easy to attach in the next step}. Start rolling the strip from one end, adding a little glue here and there as you go. Glue the end shut and then glue this little flower into the center of the dahlia. The final flower ends out being just under 6 inches wide.







30 comments:

  1. This is super cute! I love learning a new unique flower idea. I haven't ever seen these before, so yay! I'm definitely going to try this:)

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  2. These are great! I'm definitely going to try them. :)
    Angela
    bingecrafter.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial--they turned out beautiful!

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  4. These are sooo sweet. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Kathi

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  5. This is fantastic I love it! Can't wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing how you made it!

    http://mommamadeit.blogspot.com/

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  6. I've made these before, and I think they're really fun. Yours turned out great!

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  8. So pretty! I like the color combo you chose. I haven't crafted with felt much, but this post is inspiring me! :)

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  9. These are absolutely lovely. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  10. Great tutorial! I posted it here: http://whimsycoutureboutique.blogspot.com/2011/10/whimsy-finds-free-felt-dahlia-tutorial.html
    You can link up your projects every Wednesday on my Let's Sew linky!!:)

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  11. I love your felt flower tutorials. These are beautiful and sweet.
    :) crafty texas girls

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  12. This is absolutely beautiful! I have really been into making fabric and felt flowers to embellish my crafts lately, and now, thanks to you, I have a new type to try! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Great tutorial...I have three young daughters, so these are definitely on my "to make" list!

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  14. Love these flowers! Thanks so much for linking with us at Show & Share!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  15. I always enjoy felt flowers but these are the best I have seen! Thank you so much for sharing at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

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  16. Beautiful! I couldn't get the template to print out correctly for the 12 10 8 sizes. When I looked at them in IE those were not showing up correctly. :(
    I guess I have to do my own.

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  17. I loved to try. If successful i'll post to my blog.

    http://forteaccessoriez.blogspot.com/
    Elizabeth

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  18. I made one of these flowers for a yarn wreath that I made for last Christmas and loved it! I posted about the wreaths that I've made on my blog today and wanted to let you know that I linked to the tutorial for this flower =)

    atightsqueeze.com

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  19. wow, your site is really inspiring me to get off my lazy butt and stop buying ready made stuff. Thanks!

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  20. I did this with tissue paper and a curled ribbon center as a bow alternative on a Christmas gift and it looks awesome!

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  21. wish you had a pinterest button so i could add all your projects :))

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  22. Lovely!! Never did this before but will surely try. tks

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  23. Need to make an artificial flower for our monthly WI competition - I'll be having a go at this idea as have all the necessary materials. Thank you!

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  25. This is so cool! I think the colourcombo is super cute! It would be great to have on a decorative pillow

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