I thought I would create an easy springtime craft tutorial and came up with these felt daffodils. I love the bright yellow daffodils that are blooming everywhere now in New England. They are a sure sign that spring really is here, even if it was 32 degrees out this morning!
Make a few felt daffodils and you can have the first hopeful sign of spring on display all year round! These flowers come together fairly quickly. You should have a small bouquet in under an hour and with very few materials.
-scraps of felt in yellow, beige and dark green
-three lengths of floral wire
-green floral tape
-needle and thread for hand sewing
-needle nose pliers
-an awl or doll needle
First, download and print out this template I made for the flower shapes.
Trace onto felt and cut out. You’ll need two flower pieces and one center piece.
Fold the center piece over and stitch the sides together forming a tube. I did this on the machine, but you could easily do it by hand. Turn the tube right side out.
Sew a running stitch along the bottom of the tube and pull the stitches to gather the bottom.
Take one petal shape and, folding each petal in half, sew a row of stitches on the back side of all three petals.
This will add dimension to your flower and make it look more realistic.
Now layer the two petal pieces off set from one another to make a six petaled daffodil.
Place the center piece on top and sew it in place, going through both layers of petals, to secure everything.
With your awl or doll needle poke a hole through the center of the flower.
Take three floral wires and poke them up through the hole into the center of the flower.
With the ends of the floral wire sticking out a bit from the center of the flower, wrap the stem in green floral tape.
Use your needle nose pliers to curl the ends of the floral wires.
Add a dab of craft glue where the base of the flower meets the floral tape to secure the flower in place.
Cut a freeform bit of beige felt and wrap it into the floral tape near the top of the stem to add that brown crinkly bit where the flower bud used to be before it bloomed.
Bend the stem a bit so that it looks the way real daffodil stems look.
Cut a long, thin oval from green felt for a leaf and wrap that onto the stem with a bit more floral tape.
And there you have it. Make a bouquet for your springtime table or give out individual flowers as favors at your next party.
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How wonderful, I love making felt and paper flowers…I make a felt iris plant that I like to give as a get well gift to friends and family. These would be great birthday gifts!
Thanks for sharing.
They are so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing this.
Very pretty! Thanks for sharing! Great photos and instructions! 🙂
Beautiful project and excellent tutorial. I am so glad I found you! And I can not wait for your new book to come out!
You have inspired me to make softies and toys – never even gave it a thought until I “met” you.
Of course, I still remember the delicate origami bouquets you made back when we lived in the deep south. . . these remind me of those.
These are so sweet! I heard a poem on NPR the other day that referred to daffodils as telephones. It took me a minute but they do look like the very old fashioned telephones. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tutorial.
Caren Adams says
Yay for Daffodils!!! Love these 🙂
Erika Davison says
Awesome tutorial!! Thanks!
Kelly Rachel says
This is a great tutorial! You explain it so well it really makes me feel that I can make these daffodils. I’ve wanted to have a go at some flowers for ages. Thanks Abby!
What a beautiful bundle of spring! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.
Claire Jones says
Wow thanks for the great tutorial! When you break it down, it’s actually not that hard to make. It just requires a little bit of time and patience. Thanks for showing us for free!
wow! that’s amazing! you think of it all.
thanks for sharing
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Thank you for sharing your wonderful & adorable project 🙂
these are beautiful! and a great tutorial too, so clear and easy to understand. will be linking, if you don’t mind 😀
wow these are beautiful! thank you for sharing this great tutorial 🙂
Beautiful! I am going to have to make some of these!
Just found this and I’m blogging about it tonight…thanks for sharing.
what a pretty dadofil Evie, thanks for sharing.
Suely Rodrigues says
Very beautiful their crafts and creative … congratulations
Patricia Collier says
I know the daffodil pattern is from a while back but I’d love to have a go and make some. I don’t seem to be able to download the template. Can you help please?
I love your patterns and site.
Hi Patricia, I’ve updated the post and the template is now available. I hope you enjoy it!
Hi! Your ideas are great. But there is no daffodil template to download. Can you fix it please? Thank you.
Hi Nika, It’s there now! Thank you for your patience.
There is no pdf for template. I would like to make this – thank you.
Hi Maria, When I moved my site to WordPress the template for this project didn’t make it over. It’s on my to-do list, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I hope to at some point soon. Thank you.
Good news! I’ve updated this post and included a fresh copy of the templates. I hope you enjoy making these felt daffodils!
Hi, I love them bug can I ask, what thickness or type if felt do you use? The felt here in the UK is just too floppy! Thanks x
I use wool blend felt. The stitching on one of the petal layers give the felt some stiffness. You could stitch both layers instead of one for added stiffness, too.
Love the daffodils and I am definitely going to make a bunch, but I wish you had printer friendly instructions
Thank you, Abby, for this lovely pattern. Desperately needing some Spring flowers now.
Thank you, Abby, I just made these this afternoon with our grandchildren. They were delighted, and so was I. I also have your ‘Stuffed Animals’ book, and have made the bunny. Looking forward to more but also to being able to make my own patterns eventually. Thank you for the wonderful instructions and the encouragement!
Wow. They’re really beautiful and so is the felt you used!