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Felted Wool Roses Tutorial

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Y’all are so sweet to welcome Buddy onto my blog. I appreciate your kind comments and encouragement to include some of my personal life. There was not a single comment asking me to “stick to business.”

But, getting back to business, I have the felted wool roses tutorial for you today.

Last week when I saw THIS ADORABLE WREATH that Stephenie made. I knew that I wanted to make my own roses.

You need to start with a 100% wool sweater (or other wool fabric). Run it through your washing machine using hot water and then dry it on a medium or high heat setting. When you open the dryer you will find a shrinky dink version of the sweater (raise your hands if you remember Shrinky Dinks! Click HERE to learn how to make your own.)

Grab a pair of sharp scissors and a round object. I used a can of chicken and a cereal bowl for slightly larger ones.

Trace a circle around your round object. As you can tell, I like to use those slivers of leftover soap.

Cut out the circle.

Start from the edge of your circle and cut a spiral towards the center of your circle. Try to keep the rows consistent, but it is okay if they aren’t. You can give your rose a “haircut” in the end if needed.

At the center, leave a small circle.

Grab the outside starting point of your spiral and begin to roll the wool. Keep rolling until you reach the end.


To secure the rose, use some needle and thread to sew several passes back and forth through the center of the rose.

(I’ve used contrasting thread so you can see the stitches, but you should use coordinating thread for a cleaner look.)

Here is a video tracing the stitching pattern I used. Pretend that you don’t notice the radioactive shape I’m about to draw. I guess it could be worse (like a devil symbol?)

If you want to learn how to turn these into roses on a stem, click HERE.

If you will be securing your roses to a flat surface, continue reading:

Lay down the flap and stitch around the edges to secure it.

And you are done! Here is the size of the finished rose in comparison to the can I used as my circle template. About half the size, wouldn’t you say?

Now posted: a tutorial for felted rose stems and embellishing a Goodwill sweater with roses. I can’t wait to show you them!

In the meantime, what could you do with these adorable roses?

Felted Wool Rose Wreath
Felted Rose Adorned Knit Hat
26 replies
  1. Sawdust and Paperscraps
    Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Oh, that's how you felt. I accidentally did that to one of my husbands new sweaters. I'm saving it. I know I'll find some cool use for it…someday.

    Lovely roses. I wonder if they'd look good in argyle?…?

    7 days! 🙂 Sandra

  2. Creative Escapes
    Creative Escapes says:

    I love this! I am looking for a centerpiece for a wedding I am in – and I think I am going to experiement with this!

  3. Karmen
    Karmen says:

    Toliko jednostavno a prelijepo. I s takvim predivnim ružicama možeš raditi svakojake dekoracije. Dala si mi ideju.

  4. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I love this! I had no idea it would be that easy to make those flowers! I have an old sweater from the thrift store that would be perfect! Thanks!

  5. Shelly
    Shelly says:

    I was excited to follow along until I saw the sewing part! 🙂 I might try it if I could use a glue gun! Thanks for posting!

  6. Sanja
    Sanja says:

    Odlično!!! Hvala za tutorijal kako napraviti ove prekrasne ružice koje se mogu ukomponirati na puno mjesta! Lijep pozdrav!

  7. Stephenie from Decorating Addiction
    Stephenie from Decorating Addiction says:

    These turned out great! Thanks for featuring my wreath. I can't wait to see your other projects with the felted flowers! Oh and thanks for spelling my name right! 😉

    @Shelly – I used a glue gun for the wreath and they still turn out great! You can do it! It's easy.

  8. ape2016
    ape2016 says:

    I love these! I saw the wreath on Frugal with a Flourish and her blog sent me here to learn how to make these. Now, I think I will work my way through some of your great posts.

  9. Eileen
    Eileen says:

    Felted Wool Roses from Pretty Handy Girl – Made the rose in yellow felt. looks lovely & really easy to make Thanks a million from Eileen Ireland

  10. solene
    solene says:

    qu’elles sont jolies ces roses ! J’adore cette couronne qui est absolument ravissante … merci pour le tuto !
    Le chapeau également est une vrai merveille !
    Quel joli blog que je reviendrai visiter souvent !
    A bientôt

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