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:
- Blue Thistle Flower Crochet Pattern (Part 2)
- Eucalyptus Leaf Crochet Pattern (Part 3)
- Baby’s Breath Crochet Pattern (Part 4)
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
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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TERMINOLOGY USED IN THE PATTERNS
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
THINGS YOU NEED
- Knitpicks Curio Thread in Spearmint & Cornmeal**
- 1.25mm Crochet Hooks
- 24 Gauge Floral Wire
- Wire Cutter
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue (or any fast drying, tacky glue that dries clear)
- Polyfil for stuffing
- Darning Needle
**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
Billy Balls Flower
with Cornmeal Curio thread
1 6sc in magic circle 
2 (inc) x 6 
3 sc in all sts 
4 (sc, inc) x 6 
5 sc in all sts 
6 (sc, dec) x 6 
7 (dec) x 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
You have just finished your Billy Balls! Set this aside and work on the rest of your bouquet.
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