October 15, 2012

Felt Poppy Tutorial (Easy Felt Flowers)

It’s nice to have a go-to flower tutorial for embellishing all sorts of things, from home decor items and wearable accessories to gift wrapping and more. Today’s tutorial for easy handmade felt poppies is one I recently came up with to accent the desk lamp shade in my sewing room and home office, and these flowers are so deceptively easy to make that I know I’ll be using them in many projects to come!

And the best part? These flowers can be made in just a few minutes’ time, with nary a stitch of sewing required. Let me show you how!

For this project, you will need…

  • Felt (I prefer wool felt, but any kind will do)
  • Sewing shears
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Decorative brooch (mine is from Styled by Tori Spelling)
  • Rotary cutter and mat (optional, but recommended)

To begin, cut approximately 15 3-inch squares of felt using your rotary cutter and mat. Working with one felt piece at a time, fold each square into quarters, as shown.

Round off the edge of your folded piece with your shears, making sure to leave the folded corner intact. When you open up your piece, you should have a circle. (Don’t worry if the piece isn’t perfectly symmetrical; absolute precision isn’t necessary here.)
Using your shears, make a snip on your circle, as shown, cutting just to the center of the piece.

Apply a small dab of hot glue to one of the flaps formed by the snip, as shown…

…and then overlap the other flap so that your piece forms a shallow cone. One of your flower petals is now complete! Repeat the above steps with the remaining felt squares to make the rest of your petals.

Use scissors to cut a cardboard circle that is about 3 inches in diameter. (I used a cereal box.) Apply a dab of hot glue to the outer edge of the circle, as shown…

…and then affix one of your petal pieces to the cardboard, so that the snipped portion of the petal is affixed to the cardboard.

Continue affixing the petals to the cardboard base in a similar fashion, overlapping them slightly as you work.

Work until your have an entire ring of petals…

…and then add another layer of petals at the center. When you’re finished, you will have a blank space at the center of the flower where the cardboard base shows through; we’ll cover this up in a moment!

Finish your flower with a decorative brooch adhered to the center with hot glue for a chic statement. I used a brooch from the Styled by Tori Spelling Glitz line for my flower center. I absolutely love how it sparkles!

I opted to secure my flower to a white drum lampshade, along with two 1-inch stripes of felt. I absolutely love the statement this lamp makes in my sewing room/home office space!

Think of all of the possibilities for ways to use these flowers: on handbags, decorative pillows, wreaths, and more! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Linking this to…
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Disclosure: I received compensation to write this post on behalf of Styled by Tori Spelling. Rest assured that all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own, and I am committed to sharing only products that I feel my readers will benefit from and enjoy.

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28 Responses to Felt Poppy Tutorial (Easy Felt Flowers)

  1. Jamie October 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    beautiful!!!! I just bought that lamp from Home Goods

  2. southernscraps October 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Wow. Beautiful flower. It makes a striking embellishment for your lamp.

  3. The Bean Sprout Notes October 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this post ever since you showcased your new crafting space. I love that the tutorial looks easy enough without the results looking easy (if that makes sense – its a compliment 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Michele Cole October 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Love the flower! It looks wonderful. I am going to pin this so I can try to make a felt flower headband.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Michele @ Better Organized Living

  5. Smart! School {House} October 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I would like to steal the entire lamp from you;)

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  6. Crystal October 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    So Beautiful!! I love how you added the flower to your lamp. Great idea!!

  7. nest of posies October 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    gorgeous, amy! you know i love me some felt flowers! so pretty!


  8. Lizzy Di Marco October 16, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Amy, the flower is just lovely. You said you prefer to work with wool felt. I live in St. Paul and am having trouble finding wool felt. Could you send out a lead as to where you suggest I look?
    Thanks bunches,

  9. Glamorous Mommy October 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I agree, it’s fantastic!! I’m going to have to give this a try 😉


  10. Kari the Sweetest Memory October 23, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    Gorgeous! And I love it on the lamp shade! I am pinning this and I have to try this.


  11. Marie October 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I love this. Fun idea to add it to a lamp!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid October 30, 2012 at 7:10 am #

      Thanks so much, Marie! I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit!

  12. Jayne November 5, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Loved this tutorial, I have recently had my dad pass away and would like to make a red poppy
    for Rememberance Day this Sunday 11th November.

    When I have achieved the red one Im sure there will be many more for embelishments !


  13. Hannah November 5, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I LOVE your felt poppy!

    I linked to it on my blog post, here:


    <3 Hannah

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Thank you, Hannah!

  14. Ann November 8, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    wow i love this! it’s so simple, i’ve been wanting to figure out how to do this for months now 😀 glad i came across this today!

  15. Carrol Mumford November 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Just love this ideal!!

  16. rachel January 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Thank you! I just love the flower. Im going to be making for for my ladies church group.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 8, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Terrific, Rachel! I hope you all enjoy this project.

  17. Christina at I Gotta Create! January 19, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Wow, Amy! I really love this flower and it looks fabulous on the lamp. Pinning!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  18. Gurpreet singh September 5, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    NIce And Thank u for this It really help US.

  19. Linda January 10, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks for the lovely tutorial ♥ http://felting.craftgossip.com/2014/01/10/felt-poppy-no-sew-tutorial-easy-felt-flowers/

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