Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY Fabric Flowers

Some of you have been asking me how I made the fabric flowers in my Button Flower Frame Post.
It's simple, fun and super cute so I'm going to teach you how!
The only supplies you need are:
  • Strip of cute fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Creative hands
So let's get started!
1. Cut a strip from your fabric about an inch and a half wide. The longer you cut it, the bigger your flower will be.
 2. Using your sewing machine, sew a straight stitch through the middle of the fabric strip. Do not back stitch the front or the end.
 3. Leave enough thread at the ends to pull,
 4. Gently pull the thread and gather the fabric together to create the ruffles. This is the tricky part!
 5. Pull the gathering through the entire strip of fabric. Be gentle so the thread doesn't snap.
 6. Once the fabric is all gathered together it should look similar to this.
 7. The fabric will naturally fold in half at the seam once you have gathered it. Start rolling the seam together, holding it tight with your fingers.
 8. Keep rolling it around itself in a circle until you run out of fabric. You can gather it tighter or looser depending on how you want the flower to look. 
 9. This is what the flower should look like on the other side of the rolled fabric.
 10. Once you have your flower looking like you want it, cut out a small square of the same fabric and smear it with hot glue or fabric glue. I have used both and they both work well.
 11. Cover the back side of the flower with the glue so that it holds the seams together. 
 12. Finally, cut around the fabric square to make sure that none of it is sticking out on the front of the flower.
 The back should look similar to this.
 Flip it over and...voila there you have it: You're very own handmade flower!

 I like to make these flowers in to clips, headbands or other cutesy fashion accessories!
Happy Crafting!

This Tuesday craft post is linked up to:

Today's Creative Blog
Funny Polkadot Giraffe
Sugar Bee Crafts
Creative Itch
Not Just A Housewife
Hope Studios


  1. Last night I sewed some doilies on my pillows in the den and was telling myself that they would look better with a flower and that I was going to have to look up a tutorial for it. Thanks, now here it is! I will make some tomorrow and take pictures for my blog and send them to you. Today I made the Christmas window with the Christmas balls hanging (from Pinterest.) I took pictures and will send tomorrow. Don and I are going to the movies in a few minutes.

  2. Amazing DYI, I have to tray it ASAP, the result is awesome and it doesn’t seem so hard to do, thank you for the idea! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic


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