OK, Let’s get to it. Purchase a sheet of stiffened felt and a pin back from Hobby Lobby or your favorite craft store. The felt usually comes in a big sheet. Cut three circles in varying sizes (Five at 2″, five at 1.5″, seven at 1″, and one at half an inch). That brings us to 17 total circles. The settings I used on my Gazelle were force 4, speed 3 with the deep cut blade raised to sit higher in the holder by stacking 25 post-its. This helps the blade not drag over your material, and cause cuts where you don’t want them. It also helps to “punch” through thicker material to get a better cut.
Let’s make the petals first. Lay aside two of the 1″ along with the half inch circle. We need to start with five of each of the sizes as shown below.
I used a hot glue gun for this project. Hence, why it’s a tad messy. You can use whatever glue you feel will stick the felt together and keep it sturdy. Glue the 1″ to the 1.5″ then the 1.5″ to the 2″ like this. I didn’t go all the way to the bottom because I wanted to see the inside petals better when it becomes folded.
You should now have five petals stacked and glued, ready to be folded over. Now to form the petal shape. Wrap the bottom half of the petal around your finger or a pencil to get your desired curve. When you like how it looks, just place a small dab of hot glue inside the fold. Be careful, the felt is thin and the glue hot. It gets a little warm holding it. But the good news is it dries super fast.
When you are done forming your petals, glue them together in a circular pattern. You will see the flower shape appear. Using one of the reserved 1″, glue to the back. This is a stabilizer so your pin has something to sit on when glued. You can now glue the pin onto this piece. Take your other 1″, and glue the half inch on top of it. The half inch can be the same color or an matching one. Just something adorable!