I have been wanting to make some felt and cardstock flowers. So, today I decided to test a few things out. I wanted to see if my Cricut Maker could cut the cheap fabric sheets I bought from JoAnn Fabrics and Dollar Tree. I also wanted to know if the card stock and felt flowers could use the same designs/templates, or if you had to change anything to make one or the other. I also tested some different glues out. I plan on making several more flowers and different varieties of both felt and paper flowers in the future. So make sure you watch for that.
Felt can leave a lot of pieces on your mat. I recommend covering your mat with transfer tape or contact paper, sticky side up. When you remove your felt all the extra pieces will stay on the transfer tape or contact paper, which you can then just pull off your mat to remove. All the little extra bits of felt will be removed along with it, leaving you with a clean mat.
I found this simple felt flower design someone made in Cricut Design Space. It was called my first felt flower. I would not recommend using this pattern, as there are a few things wrong with the pattern. It did work for learning and testing preposes however.
I started out by using the JoAnn fabrics felt first. I used my pink mat with the rotary blade. I just used the smallest flower pattern in this design. I also used the felt setting. This was cut out beautifully. I have heard it is best to cut felt on a Cricut Maker with the rotary blade.
The pattern was a circle shaped instead of the typical spiral shape. So, after my Cricut Maker cut out the pattern I had to Cut the circle open in order to roll the flower. It rolled okay. Because of the design some of the petals kept rolling in the same location as the row before them. It still made for a pretty flower, but it would have been even nicer if the petals were offset from one another.
This pattern also did not have a bottom. This is typically how you finish gluing the flower together. I had to glue the side of the flower closed, then cut another piece of felt to glue on the bottom. Without the bottom you could see through the middle of the flower.
I rolled my flower by hand, but you could use a paper quilling tool to help you roll your flowers if needed. Since felt is thicker I found it easier to roll the felt flower by hand, but the card stock flowers may be easier to roll with the paper quilling tool, especially smaller ones.
By making this first felt flower I learned many things.
- Felt can be cut with the Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. I used the felt fabric setting.
- You do not have to buy the Cricut brand or other expensive felt to have nice cuts with the Cricut Maker.
- The felt flowers can use the exact same patterns and designs as the paper card stock flowers.
- If you are doing the rolled flower method, then it should be in a spiral pattern, and it needs a circle at the end to create the bottom of the flower.
- Both super glue and hot glue can work of holding your felt flowers together. Elmer’s glue works great for the paper/cardstock flowers.
- The flowers end up being a lot smaller than you expect once they have been rolled.
- Felt flowers are fun to make, and I cannot wait to make more!
Size chart for felt and paper flowers
Sizes will differ a little depending on the type of flower and how tightly it is rolled.
|Size of flower to cut||size of flower after rolled/finished flower|
|2 inch||0.75 inch|
|3 inch||1 inch|
|4 inch||1.15 inch|
|6 inch||1.5 inch|
|7 inch||1.65 inch|
|8 inch||1.85 inch|
|9 inch||2 inch|