Sunday, November 15, 2009

Felt Chrysanthemum Pillow

Felt has become one of my new best crafting to Mod Podge, that is! I love the endless possibilities of it and even better yet: No fraying! Here is a simple and elegant way to dress up your bed, sofa or favorite chair for very little money but with big impact! This craft takes a little more time to do, but it is worth a little extra work! Flowers say it best!

Materials you will need:
-plain fabric covered pillow form (any size will do)
-felt (3/4 yard)
-copy paper
-fabric glue
-several straight pins

Start by making 4 petal patterns. My pillow is 18"x18" so I made the largest petal pattern measuring approx. 6"x 3" but you can adjust it to your liking. Make each following pattern slightly smaller than the last.

Next, cut out felt petals using your patterns. For my pillow size I needed 20 of the largest petal, then 14 of the next size down, 8 of the next size and 4 of the smallest.

After all petals have been cut you are now ready to glue them to your pillow! Apply a small amount of fabric glue to the bottom corners of your petal......

then fold the corners in and hold for a few seconds while the glue starts to bond and take hold. Fabric glue can be very messy, making "webs" and leaving you with sticky fingers as you go. Be careful and wipe off hands and glue tip often!

Turn petal over and apply another liberal amount to the back bottom half of the petal.

Begin to lay them out in a circular form and use a pin to hold until glue dries.
HINT: I started with a petal in the 12 o'clock position, another in the 3 o'clock position, one in the 6 and another in the 9 o'clock position. Then I begin filling in the spaces between them to assure a more symmetrical look.

Once you are finished with the first layer, you can move onto the next size petal placing them over the first row. Place them slightly lower and between the large petals. Pin to hold.

Once you have finished all layers, you may have an empty space in the middle where all the smaller petals come together at the base. I cut out a "X" shaped petal and glued it in the center.

Center is covered and looking good! Finally!
HINT: If you are using black felt and have any glue dabs showing against the dark surface, color over them using a black Sharpie or permanent marker!

You are done! How does it look!? Now place your pillow on your favorite spot to relax and kick your feet up after all your hard work!

Pillow: $7
felt: $3
glue: $3.60 with coupon
Total cost: $13.60
Total time to complete project: 2 hrs.


  1. i LOVE this pillow. you are awesome. very awesome.

  2. It turned out so well and I can see a lot of possibilities with more colors and sizes. Good job kiddo.

  3. me likey!!! You said that the project time was 2 only hrs., maybe you should include a side note that if you have an active 2 yr old, actual time may be 24 hrs! Ha!

  4. i LOVE that! i especially love that it's a no-sew project but looks so awesome. you are so good.

  5. where in the world do you come up with all of your energy and creativeness? I think you should hold a craft class...I would love to learn how to make some of that stuff. p.s. I still have a journal from imperial II relief society that you taught us to make. Love it!!

  6. Yay! I finally put this blog on my google reader. I'm behind. I love how you put the prices and take so many detailed pictures. You answer all my questions. I'm totally making that pillow.

    Plus, I LOVE your nieces' room. It is SO FREAKING CUTE! I need to makeover Mia's.

    Thanks for all the fabulous ideas!

  7. you are fabulous! I love that idea.
    I'm definitely going to try it.

  8. ooh i love this! let's hang soon

  9. Muito linda!

    Grata por compartilhar e postar o modo de fazer.



  10. I adore this pillow. Wow does it make a statement or what?

  11. I have been thinking of doing this same flower onmly on a purse. I've seen one in leather, and thought, "I could do that same thing in felt"... and now I have the pattern for the flower! God is good, and I'm glad He blessed you with such creativity...

  12. That is really cute. Looks like a pillow one would find in a department store... a boutique... or something. Very nice.

  13. I love it! I saw these pillows at World Market and they were like, $20 for 7-8" pillows!

  14. Super cute!!

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  15. Oh MY! I LOVE LOVE LOVE! I just found you from a link on Pink & Polka Dot...I cannot wait to try this out! Thanks!

  16. Oh my goodness! This pillow is adorable. I am adding this to my Christmas pillow to do list. (The background could be done in red and the flower in white) I can't wait! Thanks so much for the tutorial

  17. Beautiful pillows, looks easy. I may give this one a try.

  18. What a beautiful pillow! Did you use wool felt for this?

  19. This was a wonderful Craft. I featured it on my own blog! Check it out


  20. love it and definetely will give it a try..

  21. Where did you find the pillow? I'm wanting to teach a class on this for the women at my church and I'm having a hard time finding a source for plain pillows.

  22. Beautiful!!!Picked up my supplies today.

  23. What a beautiful pillow! I've seen these in stores for a lot of money. Can't wait to try this!

  24. Absolutly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  25. I'm wondering if another softer, but still strong fabric could be used instead of felt. I can't sew, so I'm loving this pillow.