Maker Team member @lostvly has a passion for plants in every medium. KD's latest tutorial combines her love of plants with our love of felt and we can't wait for you to try it!
Where are my plant people? Whether you consider yourself a plant person or kill a plant just by looking at it, this tutorial is for you! We all know how finicky plants can be and some of the most beautiful ones are also the most expensive. So my thought was, why not just create your own? In this tutorial I walk you through the process of making a Pink Princess Philodendron guaranteed to bring you all of the joy and none of the hassle.
Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 3 - 5 hours
Two 12 x 18" sheets of Evergreen Wool Blend Felt
One 12 x 18" sheet of Foxglove Wool Blend Felt
One 9 x 12" sheet of Abalone Wool Blend Felt
Embroidery Thread - Sulky 1031 and 1174
Pins or Clips
Disappearing Ink Pen
Stitched Leaf Template 1 (click to download)
Stitched Leaf Template 2 (click to download)
1. Download and print the Stitched Leaf templates above.
2. Cut out the leaf halves on the templates, leaving the smaller pieces attached. Use your disappearing ink pen to trace these large pattern pieces onto your felt. I like to leave a little bit of space (1/4") between the template and my markings to account for the perimeter stitching later on. These two larger pieces are the base shapes you will attach everything to.
3. Once you are satisfied with your base shape, cut out the smaller pieces on your template. Trace them onto your felt and cut the felt pieces out. If you added 1/4" to the outside edge on the last step, be sure to add it to the edges of these pieces as well.
4. Place your smaller felt pieces on top of your base pieces and secure with a dot of glue or pins. Once dried, stitch them together using the corresponding color of thread. I find it easier to do the smaller pieces first and then attach the two halves.
5. For a bit of extra realism, add a running stitch along the Evergreen (left) side before stitching your front halves together.
6. If necessary, trim any excess from the perimeter and use your front piece as a template for the back. Try to make it as close to the same shape and size as possible by using the disappearing ink pen. Cut out your back piece and pin the front and back together, right sides facing out.
7. Stitch around the outside using a blanket stitch. Start about a 1/2" from the bottom point and stitch counter clockwise. Add stuffing when you are about 3/4 of the way around.
8. Stuff the leaf until it has a nice firm shape then stitch closed. Loop your needle through the starting edge and knot 2-3 times to secure the thread.
9. Lastly, pull the needle through the two pieces of felt and out one side, leaving the excess thread hanging out. Pull the thread taut and cut it close to the edge of the felt. After it is cut, the thread will disappear back into the leaf.
And it’s as easy as that! Don’t forget to take pictures of your beautiful felt Pink Princess leaf in it's new home and share them with us.