My new found love affair with felt is nowhere near to being over and, being the holidays, I thought I should be making some gifts with felt. I know members of my family might not be so interested in needle felted critters or felt fascinators, so I perused around online until I saw some beautiful (now discontinued) sewn flower pillows from Nordstrom's. Then, with a little more research, I found a couple of blogs with some similar felt flower patterns. Cluck, Cluck, Sew has this basic flower pattern and One Lovely Life had some more details on the same idea. I was disappointed in both of their choices for the base of the pillows. I wanted a 100% wool felt on felt pillow.
You start by cutting out a million petals. I am making four pillows and keeping each flower monotone. Both patterns suggested using 2 petal sizes. I used 3.
Next, I placed a plate upside down and centered on my felt square and traced around it with a sharpie. Pin your first petals down and stitch in place.
I think the contrast is really lovely.
Keep going, switching to the medium size petals about 4 rows in.
At the fourth layer, I began to pleat the petals so that they would add volume. I filled the center with a pleated circle hand sewn in place. The texture is really lovely.
The green one at the top shows the pleats really well. Finished photos tomorrow!