The Pinwheel flower is the second paper flower for Tuesday and the easiest to make from felt. I am going to make them from felt and cardstock. These are easy to assemble but make sure they are lined up properly. You can also see how to do rolled flowers too
These flowers have 2 or 3 different parts depending on whether you put a center on it. Make them with one color as in the felt flower above, or make them from 2 different colors as in the other two examples. You can attach leaves or not. The leaves are in a separate file.
The paper flowers can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock. In a future lesson I will cut flowers from patterned paper. Your imagination is your only limit.
Cutting the Pinwheel Flower
If you want to cut the flower out of felt or fabric and you have a maker use the rotary wheel.
If you don’t have a maker, it is a little harder. I tried using fusible material and haven’t made it work yet but I’m still trying. What I did do to get the felt cut was first use the deep cut blade and then attach the felt to contact paper. I used Duck Brand contact paper. Place the felt on your mat with the contact paper down and cut on the felt fused setting. Tape the whole piece down to the mat with painters tape. The cricut cuts the design twice. It cuts it well if it isn’t to intricate of a cut.
The parts of the flower can be cut on one mat.
Watch my video for cutting Multiple colors on one mat
Assembling the Pinwheel Flower
There are little holes cut on the ends and in the center of the flower. This is where the brad goes. But first place the two layers on top of each other and turn the top one until the petals are evenly spaced. Then pull the end with the hole over so that it is on top of every part. You have a weave essentially.
Next, fold each end over making sure you turn them all the same way and layer the holes over the center. Putting the brad in upside down will help hold them in place. When you have them all folded in remove the brad, being careful to hold the center together. If you want a center circle add it now and then replace the brad right side up.. You can also attach leaves if you like.
For the felt flower I used a pick and pushed each tip through the hole to secure it and then put a brad into the center.
I have made a page with all the links to the paper flower tutorials from Flower Week. The tutorials for the other paper flowers and felt flowers can be found here.
I also made a wreath from a lot of the paper flowers of Flower Week. Here is a picture.