Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern

Free Billy Ball Tiny Flower Crochet Pattern

Billy balls, also known as billy buttons, are cute yellow flowers that are native to Australia and New Zealand. These flowers are bright, whimsical, and just super interesting to look at in general.

Real billy ball flowers grow one stem to one flower, but to make it easier to arrange in a crochet bouquet, I’m bunching them up so that they’re all sprouting from the same stem.

This billy balls flower crochet pattern is part ONE of a 4-part recreation of my (tiny) wedding bouquet. Here’s where you can find the rest of the components of the bouquet:

I still remember my first encounter with these adorable little flowers. I was working as a cook at a wedding and on every single table, they had a skinny vase with 3 billy balls poking out of them. Initially, I thought that they were felt balls, but was SUPER delighted to learn that these were real flowers. Ever since then, I knew that I wanted to include them in my own wedding.

Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern

Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern

If you would like to make everything from the crochet bouquet and want to know what materials you will need to create the entire thing, head over to the introduction page!

The difficulty level of this pattern is Easy and this pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

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ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: two single crochet in one stitch
dec: invisible decrease, single crochet two stitches together through the front loops only
(…) x # : repeat anything in the parenthesis however many times the number indicates
[#]: total number of stitches for that row
#sc: one sc in the following # stitches


**KnitPicks has discontinued the colours I used in these patterns, so here’s what I would suggest you swap to if you still plan on using Knitpicks Curio #10:

  • Spearmint --> Jalapeno
  • Cornmeal --> Canary or Tumeric (Tumeric is a very close match to what I used, but I feel like the brightness of the Canary would make the bouquet look more cheerful and fun)
  • Sagebrush --> Pistachio (it’s not the best match, but it’s the closest to what I used that is currently available)
  • Bluebell --> Blue
  • Ciel --> Clarity
Alternatively, if you want more colour options, you could try using embroidery floss. I compared the DMC 6-strand embroidery floss to the Knitpicks Curio #10 and it is slightly thicker than the Curio #10. So if you were to go this route, you may need to use a 1.50mm crochet hook instead of the 1.25 and the resulting bouquet would be slightly bigger (but not by too much). Just keep in mind that most embroidery floss is designed to split so it will be more difficult to crochet with.

Billy Balls Flower

Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern Step 1

Make 3

with Cornmeal Curio thread
1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 sc in all sts [12]
4 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
5 sc in all sts [18]
6 (sc, dec) x 6 [12]
7 (dec) x 6 [6]
Stuff lightly, fasten off, do not close hole yet.

Billy Balls Stems

  • Cut 3 pieces of floral wire to the following lengths: A: 3.25 in., B&C: 1 in.
  • Dip one end of wire A into some glue, tightly wrap the end with Spearmint Curio thread, making sure that ¾-inch of the end is covered with thread. Cut the tail end of the thread.
Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern Step 2
  • Wrap the other two in a similar fashion, making sure that both wires have ½ inch of the end wrapped in thread. Cut the tail end off for wire B but leave around 2 inches of thread. Leave wire C’s tail end uncut because you will be using that end to wrap the entire stem.

Assembling the Billy Balls Flower

  • Match up wire A to wire B, making sure to line up the exposed wire parts together. Dab a line of glue onto the wire. With the tail end of wire B, wrap tightly around both wires until you reach the end of the wire B.
Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern Step 4
  • Line up the exposed part of wire C to the exposed part of the wire you just wrapped up. Dab a line of glue onto the wire and wrap the thread from wire C tightly around the wire until you get to the end. Make sure you’re adding glue to the wire as you wrap.
  • Trim the top part of the wires so that they are neat and easier to work with.
Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern Step 5
  • Dot a little bit of glue onto the tops of each of the wires and insert the wire into the balls. Close the holes off and weave the tails in.
Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern Step 6

You have just finished your Billy Balls! Set this aside and work on the rest of your bouquet.

Please leave me a comment down below (or contact me) if you have any questions about this pattern. I would also love to see your creation so don’t forget to tag me (@olliehollycrochet) on Instagram or use the #olliehollycrochet! Please let me know in the comments what you would like to see next!

If you find any mistakes in the pattern, please contact me and let me know! I do my best to catch my mistakes when I edit my patterns but I sometimes miss the little things.

You may sell products made from this pattern in small quantities but please clearly credit the design to me, Abby Sy of Ollie + Holly and provide a link to my blog  Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

6 thoughts on “Free Billy Balls Flower Crochet Pattern

  1. Ashley says:

    When Your closing the hole after gluing to the stem, are You just using the glue to close the hole or are you adding more decreases? Thanks ?

  2. Cynthia says:

    Do you have any tips for stuffing the ball? After the row 7 the opening is so small I can’t get my polyfill in. Maybe I need to start stuffing after row 6 🙂

    • Abby says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      You can definitely stuff after row 6, I just like to stuff my creations right before closing the hole up because I don’t like picking up the polyfill with my hook accidentally. For smaller openings, I like use the end of a chopstick or sometimes a jumbo darning needle to stuff!

      Hope this helps!

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