How to make a felt chrysanthemum and use it different ways.

How to make a felt chrysanthemum (with multiple uses!)

Who doesn’t love a chrysanthemum?! They are such a beautiful, intricately crafted flower, but guess what? They are not hard at all to make from felt. In fact, you’ll be surprised at just how easy they are.

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Making a felt chrysanthemum – fast!

As we’re heading into autumn in my little part of the world (little ol’ New Zealand in the southern hemisphere), I’ve been playing around with these gorgeous autumnal colours. I can see the very beginnings of the leaves turning these shades, and love working with colours from nature in my felt work.

Creating a felt chrysanthemum with autumnal coloured felt.

These felt chrysanthemums are one of the easiest to make (I feel like I say that a lot! but felt flowers are really just so quick and easy). So, let’s get straight into it and then I’ll show you some other ways you can use this pattern.

Hot tip (literally!): I remember reading another crafter’s top tip for working with glue guns, which has been invaluable to me – if you make a mistake with the glue, don’t try to fix it on the spot, you’ll just make a bigger mess. Let the glue dry and then pick it off or scrap it off as best you can.

What you’ll need:

  • Felt in the colour you want to make your chrysanthemum
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fabric chalk
  • Glue gun

Using your fabric chalk measure out a strip of felt 1.5 inches wide, 20 inches long. If you don’t have fabric chalk, a ball point pen is fine. Just make sure to keep the pen marks hidden on the inside or underneath as best you can.

Cut the felt strip out and glue the edges together along the longer side. It should now be a long, skinnier strip.

Next, make little snips along the folded edge, cutting in about 2/3rds of the way. For this flower, I’ve made my snips about 1/3 inch apart, but you’ll see later how much changing this gap changes the look of the final product. I use the tips of my scissors for this. I’ve seen some people make the snips much further down the blade of the scissors – this is a recipe for disaster in my eyes! Lol, you only need to misjudge one cut or slip, and you’ll be making two chrysanthemums!

Now, starting from either edge (it doesn’t matter which), roll the strip up tightly, gluing along the edge as you go to hold it firm. You’ll end up with a beautiful, loopy chrysanthemum!

This pattern makes a beautiful full chrysanthemum, but it can also be used for other flowers, like for the stamin in a lily. It’s a versatile lady!

Chrysanthemum Pattern – Variation #1

This first alternative is really great for the centre of a sunflower.

Here, I’ve used the same length as before (20 inches), but I’ve narrowed the width to just one inch. It will depend though on what you’re making, and keep in mind that using various sizes in your flowers will give it that real life look. Fold it in half along the length and glue the edges together along the length.

Now, same as before, you’ll make little snips. However, make them a little closer together. These are just shy of 1/4 inch (although I have totally just eye-balled this), whereas the chrysanthemum above was more like a 1/3 of an inch gap. And then roll up and glue as before.

You can see how just changing the width has made it look quite different.

Chrysanthemum Pattern – Variation #2

The next variation requires cutting the loops instead of leaving them, and this makes them look a little more like wee stems than petals.

Again, it’s very similar to the above process but once you have glued along the length of the strip, cut along the looped side to make two separate edges rather than a folded edge. This is an easy way of making the centre of a flower (like the stamen in a lily), and you can make it short and tight, or longer and less structured.

For this one, I’ve used the same width as the original felt chrysanthemum (1.5 inches), but I’ve cut the length in half so it’s only 10 inches long. It will depend though on what you’re making, and keep in mind that using various sizes in your flowers will give it that real life look.

And finally, up until now we have been using the chrysanthemum pattern to create the centre of the flower. But you could also use something else for the middle and wrap your felt strip around that.

Chrysanthemum Pattern – Variation #3

Here, I’ve used a felt ball cut in half as the middle and wrapped the strip around it.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other variations for this pattern!

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