Vintage Felt Pinwheels

As you can all probably tell, I’ve been on a kick recently to clear out my craft stash. I’ve been trying to use up leftover yarn, fabric, felt, and more in an effort to A) make room in our closet for things we ACTUALLY need to store there…like coats and shoes and B) ultimately make room for more craft stuff that I obviously don’t need. Ugh…it’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, I’ve been working through my felt stash and came upon this idea to make these cute vintage inspired pinwheels. I’m not quite sure how I want to use them, although they’d be great on a gift package or as a hair accessory, but they were so fun and easy to make, and it was a great way to get rid of all those little felt scraps that are too small to reuse but too big to throw away.

You could also make really tiny ones and turn them into earrings or a necklace! Ohh! I think I just found my next craft project!


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Vintage Felt Pinwheels

Materials:

  • Felt squares, about 4″ on all sides
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Vintage beads or buttons

 

Instructions:

  1. If it’s not cut already, cut your felt into a small 4″ x 4″ square (you can go smaller or larger depending on how big you want your pinwheel to be).
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  2. Fold your square corner to corner so it forms a triangle shape.
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  3. Cut from the corner to the fold, but DO NOT cut through the fold.  Stop a few centimeters before the fold.  Unfold and repeat with the other two corners.
  4. When you unfold your square, you should have 4 slices, one from each corner going towards the center of the square, but not through it.
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  5. Now you’re ready to start folding!  Place a dollop of hot glue or fabric glue in the middle of your square and fold down one corner to the middle of the square.  Repeat this with every other corner to create a pinwheel shape.
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  6. Secure the corners with another dollop of glue and a bead or button embellishment.
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And there you have it!  These cute pinwheels make great pins, magnets, gift package embellishments, hair accessories, and much more.  This is also a great way to use up felt, fabric, and paper scraps.

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