Hand Embroidered Felt Tulips…
Who could resist!
There are just 2 very simple tulip flower designs that make up this beautiful wall hanging – since I decided to stitch them very randomly with all different stitches, this ended up becoming a really pretty Tulip Flower Sampler which I just knew I had to share as this really is a fabulous project to stitch.
Use up your stash!
If you are a crafting fanatic (or know someone who is!) this is the perfect project for using up all those little bits of left over felt you have stashed away, not to mention the hoard of threads most of us have just in case we should ever run out!
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Scraps of Felt in your choice of colours – I chose a Pink/Purple theme and went for a load of different greens for the stems and leaves.
Embroidery Thread – I used DMC stranded (stitched with 2 strands) in a variety of different colours as well as some perle thread in size 12.
Simple Plain Fabric – does not need to be fancy as it is for sewing the tulips to and won’t be seen.
Canvas Board for displaying your tulips – a 10 x 14 inch board fits all 18 tulips on but you could get a smaller one and just do a few tulips. The boards come in a variety of sizes and are really inexpensive.
Tulips Pattern & Template – available from the link at the bottom of this post.
Stitch those Tulips…
Where can you get the templates?
You can access the FREE templates for all 18 designs from the link below.
Directions for making a tulip with your felt…
Cut out the basic template shapes from your felt in your desired colors.
Choose which design you want to stitch and trace this on to your sticky Fabri Solvy.
Cut out on the outer lines.
Peel off the backing and stick to the relevant felt pieces.
Take a piece of fabric (approx. 3 x 4 inches).
Arrange your tulip…
for the pointed flower – put the point insert under the flower head so it overlaps it slightly.
The top of the stem goes under the flower head as well so there are no gaps. You can pin these in place and then stitch the pattern in your chosen threads.
Once all the stitching is done, soak off the SFS and allow to dry…
The whole tulip now needs to be cut out of the fabric. I felt it needed a bit of stability to make this a bit easier so decided to back it with some bondaweb for a bit of extra stiffness when cutting.
All I did was cut a piece of bondaweb roughly to the size of the tulip. I then Ironed this to the back.
This made it much easier to cut around the tulip and get rid of the fabric.
That leaves you with a beautiful Felt Tulip for your wall decoration.
The next step to create your fabulous felt Tulip Wall Decor…
Make more tulips!!!
Make as many or as few as you like depending on the size of your canvas board. Remember, I chose a 10 inch x 14 inch board so needed 18 Tulips to fill it! Here they are all stitched up and ready to be mounted…
I could not quite decide how I wanted to place them! as you can see I tried out several ideas…
The bottom right is what I chose in the end but I honestly think they are all nice – particularly the square linen canvas.
Once you have decided on your arrangement all you need to do is glue them in place and you have completed your fabulous tulip wall decor.
Free Template Files for the Felt Tulips…
Get the password for the FREE Resource library with the Felt Tulip template file here by filling out this form:
If you create some of these felt tulips, snap a photo as I’d love to see your creations! You can send me photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos!