Make Black Eyed Susans
Mustard Yellow 80/20 wool felt
Fabric marker or a marker/pencil that matches felt
Hot glue and glue gun
First, prepare your stems.
Using craft paint, I applied a fast coat to the bamboo skewers. It dries fairly fast.
Second, make your pom flower center. You start out the same as with any yarn pom.
– Use three fingers to make your pom the right size.
– Wrap the yarn around until you get a nice dense, thick bunch.
– Cut a piece to tie around it. Wiggle it in between your fingers and tie it tight around the wad of yarn.
– After your first knot, slide it off your fingers. Double knot on both sides.
– Cut the loops.
– Now trim it down (except for the tails or the yarn string you used to tie the pom together). You normally want to trim it down to a ball, but for our Black-eyed Susans we need more of a dome shape. Simply trim to get the shape you desire. Shake it out (more stray yarn will fray out) and trim again until it looks even.
– Keep the tails of the pom. We need them for just a bit longer.
*Tip: As you can see, this makes a big mess. I trim my poms over a trash can (except for pictures ha!). This saves a step.
Next, create your flower petals.
– Trace the pattern with a washable fabric marker or an almost matching colored pencil. I chose the colored pencil so I wouldn’t have to rub the marker out later.
– Cut out two flowers per Black-eyed Susan (you can also just use one flower, an example of how it looks with one is shown at the end). ** After you cut it out, you can trim a little further toward the middle if you like. I did.
– Snip a tiny hole in the center. String the tails of your pom through the holes of each flower.
It’s time to add your stem and bring it all together.
– Tie a fat knot with the pom tails. Snip off excess.
– Snap some of your bamboo skewers off. You don’t have to, but I did to create variations in height between my flowers. For the round poms I snapped off the pointed ends because they were going into a vase. For the Black-eyed Susans, I snapped off the blunt end because I was sticking them into a bed of wheat grass.
– Add a generous amount of hot glue to the back of the flower and put the splintered end of your skewer in it. Hold it in place until it dries.
– Cut a small-ish circle of felt to slide up underneath it. This hides the glue and helps push the flower petals up and out so it looks like a…
You can see that I used one set of petals, instead of two, in one of these flowers. I can’t decide which look I like better…. I guess they both work. :)
I put mine in a little bed of wheat grass. You could also put them into a vase, on a present in lieu of a bow, in a larger arrangement with other felt flowers, or whatever your heart desires!
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I'm Delia and I blog at www.deliacreates.com. I am a crafter, sewist, photographer, crocheter, and general DIY-er. I have three kids who I love to create for and with. They are often my inspiration and my muses. I even have a section of my blog dedicated to them, call Kids Create: http://www.deliacreates.com/kids-create.