Saturday, November 15, 2008

DIY Felt Flowers (with stamps)

I've been thinking about thrifty tricks lately. This is just a super simple post, but maybe a potentially new use for old stamps? Makin' felt flowers using stamps:

Step 1) Stamp onto the back of felt.
You can use solid stamps or any stamps that you like the outline of. This is the SU set Ginormous Flowers. I like Stazon ink for this since it will dry, but still found that cutting away from the outlines of the stamped image a little is good because a little ink can show on the edges otherwise.

Step 2)
Cut felt shapes out & dye if you like.
Cutting felt seems nicest with ultra sharp scissors. Even my dollar store scissors were better than the ones I always cut paper with. Dye it with reinkers if you want a different colour. You could also use alcohol ink for deep colours.

Step 3)
Glue onto paper & let it dry well.
I used Tombow Monomulti for its flexibility (and I find it has great staying power on fibers) but it does seem to stay a little tacky. So...your needle may get a little sticky if you want to sew these. :O)

Gluing the felt on cardstock makes it easier to work with if you want to stick it on cards and especially if you want to sew it. (It keeps the felt from stretching out of shape. And it makes it so that you can shape the petals with your fingers as well, since the paper holds the shaping!) :O)

Step 4)
If you're going to sew your flowers, piercing through the felt into the cardstock is handy. It makes stitching the felt a lot easier, because the flower is firm in your hand & easier to hold onto. The piercing holes show on the back of the cardstock, so you can see where you want to stitch.

Step 5)
Stitch & bead the felt to embellish.
And this may be overstating the obvious, but it might be helpful (?): No need to slide the bead onto the thread before you complete the stitch just pop the bead onto the needle and finish stitching the way you would if there was no bead. The thread does all the work.

Step 6) Sew pieces together firmly or use a strong glue

and that's all! :O)
Hope you're having a great weekend!


Maria said...

Hey Mel! I recently bought a bunch of felt for the purpose of punching. Thanks for the idea of stamping on them. I'll try this idea out!! I love it.

Your card is so pretty! I love the sewing and the added bling! Lovely colors too!Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!


Mary said...

Beautiful card

Toni K said...

You have the greatest ideas! These look awesome! Thanks

Kate's Life said...

Beautiful!!! Love how you did this- I may have to try it!!!

Free Spirit said...

love this tip. I would never have thought of this. cool colors and love the stitching too.

Jami said...

What a wonderfully thrifty and beautiful idea!! I will now have to buy some felt!!
hugs, Jami

Godelieve said...

Terrific idea! Gorgeous flowers

JackieLou said...

OMG Mel I love that tiny basket full of beads heheheh. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try it...

Sheila said...

Fabulous project Mel.
I usually cut mine with dies but these look so much nicer.

Diane said...

Very pretty and pretty cool idea, too!!

Jeanne said...

Wow, these are SO pretty and what a super idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

Elena said...

Fabulous idea, Mel! I love felted flowers! Thank you for the great tutorial!

Margaret McDonald said...

brilliant as usual
auntie so many miles away

Deb Neerman said...

MEL-a-LICIOUS!!! What a splendiforous idea!

As usual, you've come up with something simple, fun, inexpensive to create, and beauteous! I sooooo wanna live in your head for a week ... hmmm, think it would get too crowded in there?!? What with the 7 others ...

Haven't forgotten about your watermark do-hickey ... I'm just bein' lazy lately.

I think of you all-da-time ... really, axe Anna! And I miss you lots & lots. Hopin' to get back to full-time bloggin' soon ... but it's so dang much work, and soooo time consuming, KWIM? LOL, like you don't ...

~Giant beaded-felt hugs, Mel-A-Licious!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog on occasion and I just love all the ideas that you come up with. While my time is limited, I love to look at your creations. One day I am hoping to put your ideas to good use. You certainly provide plenty of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas.

We are more than a little wet and windy in Queensland, Australia today, so perhaps will be a free day of creating for me.

Have a lovely day everyone. :O)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE those flowers! Thanks for sharing the how-to.


Anonymous said...

Oh I do love this card too! Feltabulous!! I have also tried the felt thing lately. Our LSS has a Sizzex machine and I cut out a bunch of little felt flowers with it. Way easier than cutting them out. But the shape possibilities are endless with stamps!!
Beth Greco

C said...

You are stupendously wonderful. Can I borrow your brain for just an hour?? What an awesome idea!

Tonniece said...

Brilliant Mel.

Shirley said...

This is wonderful~! I learn something every time I read one of your tutortials. Wow on this one! So creative.