flower pin {tutorial}

This project comes straight from the ever-creative Nonna. She made a flower pin for Audrey {seen below} and it was so cute, I asked her to show me her tricks.


And the wonderful Nonna obliged.

So here is the tutorial for the

flower pin

Here’s what you’ll need:


:: fabric {I used wool, but any fabric will work}

:: scissors

:: pen

:: pin {sorry, it didn’t make it into the photo}

:: hot glue gun & glue

:: pattern {get yours at the end of the post}

STEP ONE: trace the pattern onto fabric.


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You’ll need six to  seven petals and one circle.

STEP TWO: cut out pieces


No need to cut them perfectly, but try to cut inside of the line so that the ink doesn’t show {or use one of those fancy disappearing ink pens}


STEP THREE: fold a petal in half


STEP FOUR: and then in half again


STEP FIVE: snip off the point



STEP SIX: glue to circle


{just pretend that my nail polish is not the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. My mom suggested I get a manicure before I take photos of my hands – clearly I did not listen to her advice prior to this one. Sorry mom.}

continuing on :


STEP SEVEN: continue with three more petals


you’ll have this:


STEP EIGHT: quarter & snip petal, then add to the center


add two or three to the center, depending on desired fullness.


STEP NINE: add pin


using a dot of hot glue, attach to back of circle.


Pin to your favorite sweater, attach to a headband, stitch onto a pillow or embellish a lampshade.


So many possibilities with this one.

I just freehanded my pattern and you are welcome to copy, paste & print. Enlarge or decrease the size to change the look of the flower.


Happy flower making!

115 Responses to flower pin {tutorial}

  1. Miss Manitas July 25, 2014 at 5:45 am #


  2. Jen Blakesley June 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Thanks for this great tutorial. Cannot wait to start making flowers. I will be attaching then to hair clips instead of pins!!! :)

  3. Sue October 13, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    You are a most inspirinational person – just awsome – thank you

  4. Haydee @ {how sweet life is} September 13, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I was looking for ideas for barrettes for my sweet girls and think I am going to try this soon. I have some felt leftover from my nursery mobile project (still in progress!); do you think I can use felt instead of wool? Thanks Emily!

  5. ririn May 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm #


  6. Jessica March 24, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! I made these tonight out of old tee-shirts and they turned out darling! Only took about 15 minutes each, so that makes this project one of my favorites…fast, cheap, and easy!

  7. Cindy December 15, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Love this tutorial! I’m making them for all my girl friends. They’re going to looooove them!

    I recommend:
    * Getting the 20% wool felt or higher. The flower looks more professional.
    *Bringing the flower and circle pattern with you to the fabric store so you choose the yardage based on how the pattern fits on the felt.

    I didn’t bring the pattern. I guessed with 1/4 yard and wasted some felt. I got 3 flowers out of 1/4 yard. 2 of the 3 flowers had 7 petals. The last one had 6 petals. I recommend 7 petals.

    I bought everything at Jo-Ann Crafts. Thanks Emily!

  8. lisa December 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    love the craft.. off to do it right now because I actually have those things at home (sign of a really great craft!). AAANND… can I say that I love that your nail polish is imperfect! I don’t know you… but I do know my mom would have suggested the same thing. It’s real life… thanks!

  9. Suz November 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I found it on Pinterest. Just made my first flower out of felt. Now I’ll be making more of these as wearable package decorations for friends this Christmas.

  10. Sarah November 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    So sweet! Gave me the inspiration to craft again! What fabric did Nonna use?

  11. Tonya Pence November 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    I just made 6 of these in different colors and I just love them! I am going to make more because my girlfriends are going to love them too. They are so easy and quick to make. I plan to make some for attaching to headbands for my nieces too. Thank you for sharing this really fun flower!

  12. Jeau November 7, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    Sweet!. Reblogged at http://jolifetoday.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/10-bits-of-awesomeness-diy/

    xo Jeau

  13. Trista November 3, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks for this super creative tutorial! I’m all about making Christmas this year and this is right up my alley!

  14. Naomi October 1, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing this fabulous tutorial! I made two felt flowers this morning. Easy, fun and adorable. I also shared a link to the tutorial on my blog. Thanks again!

  15. Petra September 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial. I made 2 flowers today, later this week I gonna buy some pins ;-))

  16. MelissaJane September 9, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Can’t wait to make a bunch of these. I have a set of cookie cutters in this shape, in graduated sizes – readymade templates!

  17. carrie d August 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Wow..just as I was about to write myself off at totally simple crafts, I came across this one and gave it a shot..a last ditch effort. Amazing! Love it :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. HIROSHIMA August 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm #


  19. fiza July 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    hye…im from Malaysia…really love your flower tutorial…I’m wondering if i can make colorful flowers…but i don’t know the match color that suitable…

  20. Kristiana June 14, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Oh my word those are so cute! I just love them! Now I know what to put in my lamp shade.

    Many Blessings,

  21. Cindy June 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    LOVE these! I was searching for a flower tutorial tonight and came across this! It was so quick and easy to make and turned out absolutely lovely! Thanks so much! I used one to dress up the outfit I’m wearing to celebrate my baby boy’s 1st birthday!

  22. IRIS CHAPA June 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    great idea regards from Reynosa, mexico

  23. jesse May 28, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    i love flowers there are sooo amazing my friend showed me this site ….thanks so much!

  24. Anne March 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I have been making these and they are so sweet. Will go well with the baby shower gifts I am making!

  25. Dianne March 7, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    This is so adorable! My girls and I had tons of fun making these! Thanks!

  26. Jill Norwood February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    This is adorable…i think there may be some easter flower pins made for my sisters this year…thanks for the tutorial!

  27. gina February 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Wow! I’ve been wanting to see how these are made for so long…and then i stumbled upon this blog. :) Thanks!

  28. ariel February 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    This is perfect, just what I was looking for. : )

  29. ariel February 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    This is perfect, just what I was looking for. : )

  30. Kelli-Beth February 26, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Fabulous! I love how the most simple things create the biggest smiles~

  31. Jordan @militaryspousehouse February 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Thanks so much! You make great tutorials! I wanted to let you know that I made this and am posting the final result in my blog with a link back to your site. Thanks again!

  32. Kristy S. February 4, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Thank you for that tutorial! I have been wanting to make those!

  33. Mitzi Curi February 1, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    Thanks so much for such a fabulous tutorial! I’m going to make some of these beauties while I’m snowed in the next couple days!

  34. Aly Willard January 31, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    how easy is that!! Great tutorial and very easy to follow.

  35. Lisa....:) January 30, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Yay! I know what I am doing this afternoooner! Thanks! LOVE it!!

  36. Kelly-Anne January 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Just found your blog this week and have already found inspiration from many of your posts! Thanks so much for the flower pin tutorial! Such an easy and cute item…I whipped up my own version in 10 minutes! Check it out: http://craftyteacherlady.blogspot.com/2011/01/felt-flower.html

  37. Biz January 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Just made my own version! Thank you so much for teaching me how to FINALLY make these! I’ve been coveting them!

  38. Heather January 27, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Emily! I thought you might enjoy this since I based everything on this sweet flower pin tutorial. Thanks for your inspiration! http://www.thechaseys.com/2011/01/tutorial-felt-flower-monogram.html

  39. Lindsey January 18, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Love this tut.! Thanks so much for putting it together. Do you remember where you got the pretty wool from? I love the color! Thanks.


  40. Lisa January 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I am so glad I found your blog. I have been trying to purchase a fabric flower brooch for sometime, now I can make my own. Thank you so much.

    Lisa xx

  41. laura panfilio January 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    i just love this…will have to try it one of these days! thanks for such great step by step pictures! love your blog- *laura*

  42. Fran Marty January 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    I love everything about this website. Thank you for sharing!

  43. Brooke P January 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Just made my first flower pin, and it was so EASY!! I am really excited to make more of these. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial. You made it look so easy and very easy to follow.

  44. Katy Lunsford December 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Wow, thank you! Can’t wait to make one.

  45. Alyssa L December 27, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I wanted to let you know that my daughter 6 1/2 yrs old did this for Christmas presents. We went and bought fleece (blanket) fabric and corduroy fabric. SHe made it two tones for most of the family (they looked like pansies). She gave one to her teacher (who put it on immediately). My mother in law liked it soooooo much, I showed her your blog and she now has it on her favorites. Thank you and keep the ideas coming. I really enjoy everything.

  46. Lindsey_E December 21, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Love this! These are great “happys” for Christmas! I took it a step further and made a large one. Thanks for sharing!!

  47. Tamara December 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been wanting to make them. Love your site! Can’t wait to look it around more.

  48. Terri Lynn December 13, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Wow. I found your site just now, having followed a link from My Blessed Life to your free printable tags. Thank you for those btw!! And thank you for this website – I am only just getting started looking around and I’m going to make these flower pins as gifts for Christmas! Love this idea! (I’m going to make myself a couple as well!)

  49. Lynn December 8, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    I’m so glad to have found your blog! I’m a new follower:) I LOVE the flower pin. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to make one!

  50. De Anna December 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    so lovely! I just found this and love it! I want to make several of these and give to some girlfriends for Christmas! Thanks!

  51. raizel December 2, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    I love your site and I think yours are the only emails that I open from the mailing list emails I subscribe to! I love your ideas and decorating style!

    just made the sweater flower pin. I made it and attached to a headband for my little girl to match a sweater dress that I made. SO CUTE! Thanks for the tut!

  52. Diane November 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    I have just recently found your site, and I am so happy that I did. I have been wanting to make these flower pins for a long time. Thank you so much for posting, and especially for the clear instructions. So excited to give as gifts.
    Thanks again. :)

  53. kiran November 18, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Great tutorial. Very helpful. I have such a hard time making flower pins for dresses or accessories but the way this is done is super easy. Thank you so much. :)

  54. JoLynn November 15, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    I don’t know if I commented previously when you posted this or not, but I LOVE this cute little pin! I am going to add a few to gifts, so THANK YOU for the cute and easy tutorial on how to make them!!! :)

  55. Emily November 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    THANKS SO MUCH!!! I am making some of these for Christmas presents (some out of my kids old jeans!!!) and I am also making the book page wreath…..I have several old books that are falling apart and now I am recycling them!!!!

  56. Lisa November 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    I just made a couple of these to use tomorrow when we get our Christmas pictures taken. Thank you so much! The directions were very easy to follow and it came out just like the picture! Great job!

  57. tammi October 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    thank you bunches for your awesome tutorial. I made orange ones to go with black shirt for Halloween party. I can’t wait to make some more:) I love your blog- you are delightful!

  58. Margaret aka Fact Woman October 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I love these flower pins. I think I’m going to make them and use them as the bows on top of Christmas presents, then everyone will get a pin as a bonus gift!! Thanks for posting and thank Nonna for us!

  59. angela October 24, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    thank you for making beauty so simple! my kids’ teachers will be receving one for christmas! xo

  60. Laura B. October 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    This tutorial looked so easy I am trying it right now! Thanks for posting this!

  61. hair accessories October 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the way it turns out. I’ve always wanted to make this for my niece. I might give it a go! Thanks for the tutorial – very easy to understand! :)

  62. Mindy October 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    Made it and love it! Can’t wait to give them to my friends for Christmas (and put on my sweater tomorrow for work) ;)

  63. AmyL October 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank you! Thank you! I made two of these over the weekend. Thank you for such a fun, cute craft. Plan on sharing some for Christmas.

  64. Nicole October 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    This pin is so cute and easy to make, keep the ideas coming, loving it!

  65. Rylee October 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t stop making these, every fabric I see I have to try, felt, silk, velvet… velvet is my favorite so far!

  66. melinda October 16, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    just wanted to let you know that something lovely happened to me the other day…I found your blog…delightful…thankyouthankyouthankyou for the time n inspiration n eye candy

  67. Amoreena October 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I’m so excited. These pins are super cute and no sewing is required. I’m going to go get my craft on.

  68. courtney October 15, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    thanks so much, emily! doing some tailgating next weekend {GO CATS!} and wanted to make some felt flowers to bring along for all of my girls. Our kentucky blue blooms will be a big hit. take care!

  69. Kristen October 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    My son was watching over my shoulder and said, ” wow, that’s beautiful!” You inspire us, thanks.

  70. Aimee@ the Functional Space October 14, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    The pin is super cute!! I can’t wait to try and make one myself.

  71. Stacey October 14, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    You inspire me to get my crafty girl on! :)

  72. julie October 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    hey emily! i love it! i made one of your flowers and it turned out beautiful! i even made one for a friends birthday! and now i cant wait to make nonnas flower pin! please tell her thanks so much for sharing! i cant wait to make one! i sent you an email a few days ago! hope you got it!

  73. molly October 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Oooh, I’ve been wondering how to make these cute flowers! Thanks for sharing! :)

  74. kristen hebert October 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    making these for EVERYONE for Christmas!! love them and adore this blog :)

  75. etta October 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    i just found your blog and i’m soo inspired by all your ideas! the fact that you’re a mom of 4 amazes me!! i’m have 2 kids (3 and 10 mos) and i feel like if i get to shower and put some make up, it’s my lucky day!! thanks so much for sharing all your ideas! btw, where do you get the elastic for the headbands for your daughter?

  76. Christi October 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Thank you so much! I inquired about this cute little flower when I saw it on an earlier post. I’m so glad you did a tutorial! I’ve learned so many fun things from you and your blog!

  77. jac October 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    love love this flower! so cute. another great post. now i just need a baby girl

  78. GoodGirlGoneGlad October 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Love all of your projects!

  79. amyks October 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    So cute, thanks for sharing!

  80. Kimber-Leigh October 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    thanks for sharing:) this is so cute…and so much simpler than it looks!

  81. abby October 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I just made some of these….loving them! Thanks so much for the great ideas!!

  82. Tessa October 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    These are fabulous. You are fabulous. I made one really, really fast before I had to pick up my eldest from school. I posted about it even faster. http://nineandsixteen.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-squares-fabric-flowers.html
    Thank you, Emily, for sharing your incredible ideas. No more excuses not to be accessorized! :)
    XO, Tessa

  83. Jennifer October 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I am making one tonight! BTW I love love love your blog.

  84. Serah October 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    First, I just adore your blog! Absolutely adore it! Second, I’m so going to make some of these this weekend. Normally any project involving fabric frightens me, but I think I can handle this. Thank you so much for being so inspiring!

  85. jodi October 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    just found your site! LOVE it all! thanks for the tutorials… i’m dying for the nonna wreath one!!!

  86. Laurel October 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    I love this tutorial – can’t wait to make one (I mean several!)

  87. Tammy October 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Hey, thank you for another fun project! Your awesome.

    I’ve made:

    the ruffle wreath and it’s on my front door.

    the paper wreath out of vintage recipes for the kitchen

    2 flowers from fabric for my girl’s school pictures

    * I have the canvas bought for the book page canvas. I have all kinds of war letters on different neutral papers that my grandparents wrote back and forth to each other for years. They are the sweetest and most darling letters. I might not choose to put glue all over them the more I think about it. But I thought it would make a great canvas for over our bed for my husband and I. Any thoughts??

    My mom also called the other day and said she found a few hankies that were her grandmothers in a chest and she asked me what to do with them. I know you would have a great idea. Please share if you have time.

    Thanks again for your fun blog! If you are EVER in Hudson, WI. I would love to meet you. :)



    • Erin October 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

      Tammy, I like you should photocopy those letters and distress tham and than paste them on the wall. I hate to see the letters disapper if you ever move. Also for the hankies, I’ve seen cafe curtains and qulits made from them.

    • emily October 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      Tammy: I love the idea of photo copying the letters and then gluing them. No need to ruin such special letters. If you color copy them, you might even get some of the discoloration from age to show through. As for the hankies … how about framing them like I did in Audrey’s nursery with the little slips? Cafe curtains sound cute as well.

    • Tera October 14, 2010 at 8:29 am #

      Yes, make copies! But, not regular copies…make color copies! The color copies will capture all of the vintage beauty of those letters! I use color copies often when I craft!

  88. Jenny @ baileyandme2 October 13, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    this pin is so cute– it makes me feel funny inside.
    i made the one from the other tutorial you had. the one where you melt the fabric with a flame.
    i wear it to work every day and my customers just go nuts for it. i even had a lady sketch it out on paper– by looking at my shirt.
    thanks for making my day whenever you post. it`s one of my top ten!! (i read a ton of blogs *ducks head in shame*)
    love, jenny

  89. Gina October 13, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Love it!! Thanks Nonna!! I think this is actually something I can tackle!

  90. Elizabeth October 13, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Lovely! I had noticed these little flowers in several pictures and was hoping a tutorial would be along…thanks for sharing!

  91. tiffany day October 13, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    so cute! and so are you!! i so enjoy your blog


  92. Kari {the Babs Blog} October 13, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Darling! Thanks for sharing this—the flower is so cute, I never would have guest how simple it would be to make!

  93. Kate{Starr Family} October 13, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    It is a perfect day in Ohio to make flowers… leaves fall and hostas clipped, we need flowers wherever we can get them! Thanks!

  94. Heather {WhipperBerry} October 13, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Fabulous tutorial!! I’m off to make some right now!

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

  95. Jen October 13, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Wow, I love it! So cute, thank you for sharing. We’ll be making these this afternoon.

  96. Crissy October 13, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Just found your website…love it! And this looks so super simple…am going to give those little cutie flowers a try! Thank you for sharing : )

  97. Jennifer October 13, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    I LOVE all your tutorials!! Everything is so fun and most are even easy!! Thank you for sharing your cleaver ideas and the details!!
    Think I might be getting some fun wool today!

  98. dorylyn thomas October 13, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Nonna is VERY creative! AND how crazy simple! My granddaughters will be the envy of the day school! Thank you for sharing!

  99. Amanda Eck-TheEckLife October 13, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    So cute!! I have been making your silk flower pins where you melt the edges- LOVE them. I even made some for all my ballet flats-so i can change them out with my outfits. Now Im off to Hobby Lobby for some fun wool- thanks for the tutorial!!

  100. Melissa Valov October 13, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m making these by the dozen today.

  101. Megan October 13, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    You are so great to always show how to make lovelies! Thank you!

  102. Rebekah October 13, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    I think I’m going to make a big pile of these to add to Christmas presents. I currently have the same manicure, by the way. Chips and all. ;)

  103. Lynne October 13, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Very cute…this idea will be fun to play with. Thank you, dear Emily & Nonna!

  104. Kathie Chipman October 13, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    So fun! I will be making those for myself & for my niece this year, thank you!!!

  105. Polly October 13, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    Thank you and nonna for sharing this! I think I might just be able to handle this!!
    Very cute!

  106. Jennifer (mom of 4) October 13, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    love it!!!!

  107. Lynda October 13, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    Adorable! I’ve been making paper flowers over here – now I’m going to try this. Great gift idea!

  108. Melissa October 13, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    That looks so simple and cute! I am going to give it a try

  109. Megan October 13, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    Too cute! I take it you finally got a glue gun? I can’t live without mine!

  110. Pudel - design October 13, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    That is such a cute tutorial;)
    A made some for a flower girland, for a nursery.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Lovely greetings…

  111. Heather October 13, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    I love that! I made a bunch of the ribbon flowers. Could not remeber where I saw it and someone reminded me that it was here. Your tutorials are great, thanks so much for sharing!


  112. Amy@Maison Decor October 13, 2010 at 4:38 am #

    I love this flower tutorial..its actually something I could do fairly quickly…thanks so much!

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