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Sunflower by Sarah Northrip

End of summer and beginning of autumn is marked by the fully grown sunflowers, bending their heads for the birds, and inviting them for a feast.  Enjoy!

Wool felt sheets

Embroidery thread (matching color)

Roving (I used 2 shades of brown)

Sunflower pattern


Embroidery needle

Needle-felting needle (fine gauge)



Cut out pattern pieces as directed.  It may give a more realistic look to cut the front and back out of slightly different shades of felt.

You can mark the dot to match the pieces or simply arrange them in a way that is pleasing to you.  Take a few stitches around the center to hold the front and back petals in place.  These don’t have to be anything fancy or particularly even, as we are going to cover them up shortly.

Place the sunflower on a felting brush or a piece of foam.  It is fine if the petals hang over a bit, as we are only going to needle-felt in the center of the flower.

Pull off a bit of dark brown roving and loosely roll into a ball.  It should be a little bigger than the center of the sunflower. Place roving on center of sunflower and poke with a fine needle-felting needle, felting the wool in place.

The roving will show through a bit on the back.

Take a small amount of lighter brown roving as shown.  Shape into a ring as you needle-felt it on to the middle of the sunflower, leaving a round of the dark felt showing in the middle.

If you feel the center should be bigger, simply add more dark wool around the edge.  Needle-felting is a very forgiving medium!

Next, twist some of the petals between your fingers here and there to add the feeling of movement.  Sunflower petals are always curling, turning and twisting, rarely laying flat!  You may wish to moisten your fingers or mist the petals slightly first and allow them to dry for more permanent shaping.

Your sunflower is finished!  It could now be sew onto a purse, hair clip, brooch or hat pin.  For a very finished look, or if the back will show, follow the pattern directions for cutting and layering the back.  You can sew right through the needle-felting and if you take delicate stitches, they will not show on the front.  If your stitches do show, simply layer a tiny bit more roving over and needle-felt in place.

For the hat pin below, I used scraps of wool to create a stem and blanket-stitched them together onto the sunflower back.

Care of your Sunflower(s):

Bear in mind that these flowers are hard to clean, being made of wool.  It is best to pin them on clothing, rather than sew them on, so that they can be easily removed before washing.

If using your sunflowers for decorations, you can dust them now and again by using a hairdryer on low, held 6-8 inches away.

Posted by Living Crafts on Sep 23, 2011 08:14 AM | 44 Comments

44 Responses to “Sunflower by Sarah Northrip”

  1. Nancy says:

    Very Cute! We will try these this week as our craft. Thanks for the directions.

  2. Love these sunflowers with the needle felted centers! Thank you for the tutorial.

  3. Jamie Herron says:

    I am primarily a wet-felter but so enjoy the simplicity of this pattern. Will plan to make LOTS of these! Thank you for the great instructions!

  4. Karen says:

    The link to the pattern appears to be broken.

  5. Rosalyn Schultze says:

    How do I access the pattern for the sunflower. I have followed your instructions to access the pattern without success. After trying several times, I’m stumped. Does the link in the instructions work, it doesn’t seem to? Please help. Thank you.

  6. Jodi says:

    The link to the pattern isn’t working. If you could send it I’d love to do this craft. Beautiful!!

  7. Shari says:

    Attempted to download the pattern, no luck. Any suggestions – other than making my own pattern?

  8. Terry Wilson says:

    This is a great project. I have told my oldest daughter that if she were a flower, she would be a sunflower. I will definately make one for her. Thanks.

  9. Cheryl Torres says:

    So cute – going to try and make this!

  10. Ria says:

    I love this – This is a must do, maybe tomorrow…

  11. Bailey Whiteman says:

    Love it. Thanks for sharing the pattern/directions.

  12. Elvira Kubat says:

    I love the sunflowers I am sure I will make a lot of them

  13. kelly G. says:

    I love your blog and the wonderful things you share. This is one I’ll do with my four daughters.

  14. Kelly says:

    Great project for the first week of autumn.

  15. Katherine says:

    My daughter’s Olympia Waldorf class is called Sunflower Kindergarten. I can’t wait to make some of these for her class. Thank you!

  16. Catheriine says:

    Simple and beautiful – thank you. Some of these will now adorn my autumn nature table!

  17. Carolina says:

    I like the tutorial very much! Thank you for sharing !!

  18. Jen M says:

    What a great craft project- thanks!

  19. Chris of OK says:

    Just the thing for a cute lapel corsage to where this fall. Will be making some soon! Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. Robyn says:

    So adorable. I hope that I can do this one day! Roses similar to this would be adorable decor in my guest bathroom…too bad my decor wouldn’t match the sunflowers!

  21. Lynn D says:

    really thought was a sunflower. maybe I’ll even try it.

    Lynn D

  22. RJay says:

    This definitely one craft that I will be doing!

  23. Looks easy to do and turns out looking like a real sunflower.

  24. Gail says:

    Thanks so much for the sunflower pattern. Can’t wait to make them for my granddaughters!

  25. Terri Sue says:

    sunflowers are my favorite fower! i hail from kansas, but when i married i soon found myself in st. louis, and then my husband brought me to texas where we have lived for the past 28 years. i’ll always be a kansas girl at heart. i love wool felt and needle felting so these are an all around win. thank you.

  26. dara says:

    Thank you! Perfect timing, your pattern is terrific.

  27. mary B says:

    Definitely something to add to our nature table. The kids will love them.

    Thanks for the pattern and ideas.

  28. Lynn says:

    Guess what the kids are helping me make tomorrow? After camping clean-up of course.

  29. Rhia Davidson says:

    Sunflowers bring joy in the Fall. “Living Crafts” does the same! For that reason, I will be a fan forever!

  30. Jacoline Mulhall says:

    Very lovely sunflower! Do you have any instructions to make other flowers?

  31. zabe says:

    Very appealing, doable craft – will enjoy making these.

  32. [...] I tried drying a few with no luck, they look awful.  So, I think I will make Sarah’s lovely ones. Sarah of “Living Craft has a great pictorial tutorial for us to follow.  Thanks Sarah for sharing your [...]

  33. Christine says:

    Thank you very much. The instructions are great and easy to follow.

  34. I am dying wool felt today and will now add sunflower yellow to my list just so that I can make these sunflowers. Thank you.

  35. Donna says:

    I love this pattern/tutorial – I am definitely going to making me some sunflowers! Thank you for sharing this.

  36. Carla says:

    What a lovely pattern. And they look so simple. Summer’s nearly here in New Zealand so I’m going to try these soon!

  37. [...] While you and your kids are learning about Autumn flowers, why not try your hand at a few of these felt sunflowers from Living Crafts? [...]

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