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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Felted Wool Roses Tutorial

Y'all are so sweet to welcome Buddy onto my blog. I appreciate your kind comments and encouragement to include some of my personal life. There was not a single comment asking me to "stick to business."

But, getting back to business, I have the felted wool roses tutorial for you today.

Last week when I saw THIS ADORABLE WREATH that Stephenie made. I knew that I wanted to make my own roses.

You need to start with a 100% wool sweater (or other wool fabric). Run it through your washing machine using hot water and then dry it on a medium or high heat setting. When you open the dryer you will find a shrinky dink version of the sweater (raise your hands if you remember Shrinky Dinks! Click HERE to learn how to make your own.)

Grab a pair of sharp scissors and a round object. I used a can of chicken and a cereal bowl for slightly larger ones.
Trace a circle around your round object. As you can tell, I like to use those slivers of leftover soap.

Cut out the circle.

Start from the edge of your circle and cut a spiral towards the center of your circle. Try to keep the rows consistent, but it is okay if they aren't. You can give your rose a "haircut" in the end if needed.

At the center, leave a small circle.

Grab the outside starting point of your spiral and begin to roll the wool. Keep rolling until you reach the end.


To secure the rose, use some needle and thread to sew several passes back and forth through the center of the rose.

(I've used contrasting thread so you can see the stitches, but you should use coordinating thread for a cleaner look.)

Here is a video tracing the stitching pattern I used. Pretend that you don't notice the radioactive shape I'm about to draw. I guess it could be worse (like a devil symbol?)

If you want to learn how to turn these into roses on a stem, click HERE.

If you will be securing your roses to a flat surface, continue reading:

Lay down the flap and stitch around the edges to secure it.

And you are done! Here is the size of the finished rose in comparison to the can I used as my circle template. About half the size, wouldn't you say?

Now posted: a tutorial for felted rose stems and embellishing a Goodwill sweater with roses. I can't wait to show you them!

In the meantime, what could you do with these adorable roses?

Felted Wool Rose Wreath

Felted Rose Adorned Knit Hat

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At January 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Oh, that's how you felt. I accidentally did that to one of my husbands new sweaters. I'm saving it. I know I'll find some cool use for it...someday.

Lovely roses. I wonder if they'd look good in argyle?...?

7 days! :-) Sandra

At January 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Creative Escapes said...

I love this! I am looking for a centerpiece for a wedding I am in - and I think I am going to experiement with this!

At January 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Karmen said...

Toliko jednostavno a prelijepo. I s takvim predivnim ružicama možeš raditi svakojake dekoracije. Dala si mi ideju.

At January 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Blogger Linda@Coastal Charm said...

OMGoodness...this looks so easy...even I can do this! Thanks so much for sharing:)


At January 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I love this! I had no idea it would be that easy to make those flowers! I have an old sweater from the thrift store that would be perfect! Thanks!

At January 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Shelly said...

I was excited to follow along until I saw the sewing part! :) I might try it if I could use a glue gun! Thanks for posting!

At January 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Sanja said...

Odlično!!! Hvala za tutorijal kako napraviti ove prekrasne ružice koje se mogu ukomponirati na puno mjesta! Lijep pozdrav!

At January 18, 2011 at 11:12 PM , Blogger Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

These turned out great! Thanks for featuring my wreath. I can't wait to see your other projects with the felted flowers! Oh and thanks for spelling my name right! ;-)

@Shelly - I used a glue gun for the wreath and they still turn out great! You can do it! It's easy.

At January 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM , Blogger Lesley said...

Ok, so I'm totally going to hit up thrift stores this week in search of wool sweaters! This rocks!

At January 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger The Painted Cottage said...

LOVE that wreath! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

- Lauren

At January 26, 2011 at 6:52 AM , Blogger yeoldesandwichshoppeva said...

I love these. I think I need them in my life.

At January 31, 2011 at 8:01 AM , Blogger ape2016 said...

I love these! I saw the wreath on Frugal with a Flourish and her blog sent me here to learn how to make these. Now, I think I will work my way through some of your great posts.

At January 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM , Blogger zafiro80 said...

yay! so going to pick up some sweaters at the goodwill today!


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