Learning how to make fabric flowers is rewarding, easy and fun! ! They are some of the cutest, most effective of decorations and they can be run up from the teeniest leftover scraps of fabric.
So, whether you’re looking to make your flowers in a luxury fabric to really jazz up an outfit, you fancy making a brooch or shoe trim, or you’re simply looking to add a little something to your gift wrap, simple homemade fabric flowers are the way to go!
Cut out 6 or 7 small fabric circles. I usually cut these free hand, but you can make quick templates from household articles if you’re not confident.
I’ve found that using small plates, teacups and saucers works really well.
Keeping the right (good) side of the fabric outside, fold each circle in half, and then in half again.
Hold the fabric in place with a pin and repeat for all of your fabric circles.
Thread a needle with 30cm (12 in) thread, knotting both ends of the thread together with a secure double knot.
Stitch through all fabric layers, at the cut edges of the fabric, using a running stitch.
Step 4: Gather the fabric securely (don’t break the thread!) towards the knot.
Without breaking the thread, repeat the process with each of the ‘petals’ so that you build up your flower.
When you are happy that you have enough petals (I could really have added an extra one here) pull the joining thread tight, to bring all of your petals securely together.
Stitch across petals to secure the structure, by stitching opposite, and adjoining petals together.
You don’t need to worry about this being neat, as your decoration will cover the stitching.
Step 7: Trim your flower with your chosen decoration
Congratulations – you just learned how to make fabric flowers!
Here’s a few ideas for how to show off your flower:
With very little time or effort, you can whizz up some very pretty little fabric flowers – what will yours look like and what will you use them for? I’d love to see your creations.
I’m Coralie, a Harrogate based blogger and mum to the reluctant teen. A crafting and upcycling addict, lover of outdoor life, juicing and gin. I’m never far from a cup of tea…