Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder June 25, 2014

DIY Felt Cabbage Rose

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This post is the fourth of 8 amazing felt flower tutorials that I’m sharing this week — culminating in a gorgeous felt wedding bouquet!!! These projects aren’t for the faint of DIY heart, although I break these flowers down step by step to make them as simple as possible – they will take some time and creativity. The energy spent will be well worth it in the end – trust me. Flowers that don’t die are awesome!

In talking about handmade flowers – we are singing the praises of felt. Unlike paper, felt flowers are thick, sturdy and can withstand all that your wedding day could throw at them. Paper can rip and crumple in a flash – but not felt! There is something so old-school crafty about felt… and I love it. So without further ado, here is our fourth felt flower – the romantic cabbage rose.

How to make a felt cabbage rose


  • wool felt (colors: pink and fern)
  • good scissors
  • hot glue gun – that does “low heat”
  • 18 gauge floral wire
  • wire cutters
How to make a felt cabbage rose

Below is a chart of all the felt petals you will need to cut. Start by cutting out square/rectangles that get slightly larger as you go, then cut each one into a tear drop shape. We now have a free printable flower pattern available at the end of the post!

  • 3 – 12″ x 1″ rectangles
  • 21 tear drop petals
  • 1 circle center
  • 1 circle leaf petal

UPDATE: May 21st, 2018: You no longer have to cut all these petals and leaves by hand! We have the Cricut .SVG cut file for this flower available in our shop for only $1.99! Cutting these shapes with the Cricut is a HUGE time saver!

How to make a felt cabbage rose

Start by creating the center of the cabbage rose. Cut a slit in the middle of your center petal, slip onto the floral wire, add hot glue and press all edges inward to create the gently folded center.

How to make a felt cabbage rose

Now onto the ruffled center. Fold the long rectangles accordion style and glue all the edges together on one side. Do this for all three pieces.

How to make a felt cabbage rose

Now, glue all three accordion style pieces together to form a circle with a hole in the middle. Give the circle a good squeeze to smoosh all the petals together.

How to make a felt cabbage rose

Glue your flower center stem right in the middle of the accordion circle petals.

How to make a felt cabbage rose

Now onto the outer petals. Working evenly around the flower, hot glue each felt petal onto the flower center. Did you happen to read our tutorial on how to make a peony? Remember the “pinch” technique? The last 6 petals here should all be slightly pinched while gluing to add movement and dimension.

How to make a felt cabbage rose

To finish your flower, cut a slit in the center of your leaf petal and glue onto the base.

How to make a felt cabbage rose

The cabbage rose is currently my favorite flower… and I just love how this felt version turned out! It looks so complicated but it really isn’t ;)

How to make a felt cabbage rose

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // gorgeous wool felt: Benzie Design // Martha Stewart Crafts mini glue gun and scissors, all floral wire, wire cutters and ModPodge glue gun mat: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

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