Tutorial: How to Make Lovely Fabric Flowers

May 29, 2010

These elegant fabric flowers are very simple to make . . . and only take a few basic supplies. The finished product is delightfully lovely, and at times can look like a real flower! Every flower will turn out differently and that is part of the beauty! If you haven¶t used those tea lights in a while, now¶s the time! I hope you enjoy making these as much as we do . . . below are instructions with pictures on how to make your own.

· Synthetic Silky Fabric · Scissors · Candle (preferably a tea light) Additional supplies: · Needle and Thread, Glue Dots or Glue Gun · Buttons and/or Beads


1. Cut circle patterns out of card stock. Make the largest one¶s diameter about half an inch larger than you want the diameter of the flower, as the petals will end up shrinking a bit. Create a few of these, lessening the diameter bit by bit so that the end result has smaller petals in the center and larger ones around the outside. You can also use a pattern here, which works very nice!

2. Trace around the pattern onto the silk fabric (using a pen). You can also cut around the pattern and skip the drawing part, it just might not be as uniform . . . but with these, uniform isn¶t necessary. And if it¶s not uniform, it adds character. And character is good.

3. Take the scissors and cut out the circle and petals. Cut just inside the drawn lines to make a circle out of the fabric. Carefully cut only about a third of the way into the circles to create the petals. You can do as many or few petals as you would like, or even add some variety to them. I cut five times, making five medium-sized petals. You can also round the corners of the petals, if you so desire.

making sure to keep the circle rotating so that it does not overheat and catch fire. this is rather dangerous).4. Be very careful (please have adult supervision. Do this with each layer. Continue to gently melt the edges of each petal until you have gone all the way around. Use the lit candle to melt and crinkle the edges. Hold the cut petals about one to two inches above the flame. as it is very easy to get burnt. .

you can sew or glue a piece of felt onto the back (make sure it is large enough to give good stability. Breezy. To finish the flower. create a beginning knot and then sew the layers together. for being such a wonderful hair and hand model!) Stay updated on Simply Vintagegirl! . you can sew or glue the back of the flower to the back of a bobby pin. For a hair accessory. sew (or glue) the button or bead on top. or snap-clip. but small enough so that it won¶t be seen from the top). Sew (or glue) the petal layers together.5. And the list could go on of how these flowers can add extra beauty! What are some of your ideas? And remember: every flower will turn out differently and that is part of the beauty! (Thank you. ponytail holder. For a broach. Using a needle and thread. If you would like to add extra stability to the flower. you can sew or glue them onto a broach pin or even a safety pin. You can come up through the top because the center of the top layer can be covered by a button or bead.

Back to the top . bags. You can use it as a decorative addition to fx. etc. 80 x 9 cm scissors This is really an easy flower to make. And it's pretty. wristbands. headdresses.Fabric Flower Tutorial You'll Need: y y y y y a sewing machine an overlocker (or zig-zag stitches on your sewing machine) needle and thread a piece of fabric approx.

but anything can be used. Back to the top Now I've folded the fabric wrong side against wrong side. I've used party satin. and sewn a stitch alongside the edges. I've rounded the sides.Here's a picture of my chosen fabric. . so I won't see any ragged fabric when I sew the flower together.

you won't have enough fabric to get a pretty flower. You should be able to wrinkle the fabric with your sewing.You'll want to overlock or zig-zag the edges too. Back to the top . but not too little either. and it you wrinkle too little. Not too much. And you should do so. If you wrinkle too much. and knot it. Back to the top Now thread your needle with a long piece of thread. you'll just get a fabric roll . Sew loosely on the edge as shown on the picture.

The bottom should become a roll. you start rolling the flower together. :) Back to the top Here's a picture of the bottom. using the same thread. while the top should become the prettiest fabric flower.. .. and sewing the edges together.Now.

The pins look a lot like the ones they sell at Anthropologie. okay today please give a warm welcome to calli of make it do! I thought with pretty good certainty that the last corsage I would ever pin on was at Senior Prom in High School. which is not only a quaint little store. Wendy was kind enough to teach me how to make them. But I was wrong.Friday.. Here's what you need: . A few weeks ago I visited the Quilting Cottage in American Fork. I love the Quilting Cottage. 2010 guest blogger tutorial: calli of make it do. one of the women who works there.. They were so darling I would happily wear one. She was making ribbon flowers pins for an upcoming wedding. I spoke with Wendy. While there. Utah. May 21. but hers are a fraction of the cost. but they have a wonderful selection of fabrics.

) y quilting thread or other strong thread y small amount of felt y hair clip or pin (or both) .y 2-4 yards of wire ribbon (depending on how large and tight you want your flower) (I used one and 1/2 inch wide ribbon.

Ruffle the entire length of your piece of ribbon. but clip away the rest to get it out of your way. Not all wire ribbon is the same. 2. Some are more fragile. fold your ribbon back on forth a few times (on the side of ribbon which you've just pulled the wire). Pull on the wire of one side of the ribbon to ruffle. Leave a few inches wire hanging out from the ends. To start. .1. Using quilting thread run a stitch through the ribbon several times to secure. so pull gently.

Secure each wrap by stitching all the way through the layers in a star pattern.3. Start wrapping the ribbon around. .

secure by stitching to the previous layer. Once it is large enough to be difficult to stitch through all the layers. .4.

I cut a second layer of felt in a wide strip and secured it with a zigzag on each side. Stitch into place. Cut off any excess wire hanging out of the ends. That way I could easily slip in onto a hair clip or a pin.5. When you come to the end of the ribbon. Cut a circle out of felt to cover the back of the flower. . 6. fold the the corner of ribbon back inside to hide the raw edge.

Check out my Felt Poinsettia Flower Pin as well. my kind of one evening project.. And it was fast and easy.. It looks just like the peonies blooming in my garden right now..7.. I love how this flower turned out. . I'm off to make several more as gifts right now. I used 4 yards of fabric for this flower. Stitch the felt into place on the back of the flower using a blind stitch. and made it fairly dense.

tulle. and satin and a few pearly beads. and satin *Beads or buttons for the center . These are perfect for a hair clip or a pretty pin for your jacket or purse. how exciting! i hope you all are having fun with these while i'm gone! how to make pretty organza flowers Welcome back for another day of Flower Week! Today's flowers are made from layers of organza. Organza Flower Tutorial What you'll need: *Your desired fabric(s)--we used a combination of organza. Very classy.calli that is just adorable! thanks so much! i could think of quite a few places where i would like one of those lovely flowers! tomorrow we will have one more guest blogger tutorial. tulle.

. You'll need 3-4 flowers total for one completed flower. Our flowers were about 4 inches across.*Invisible (clear) thread and a needle *Scissors *Candle and matches 1. They do not need to be exact or symmetrical at all. Cut your fabric into flower shapes or circles.

you can clean it up by trimming them with scissors. Be careful not to let your flower become engulfed in flames! It's actually pretty easy to keep it under control. Using the clear thread and needle. going through all layers of fabric.2. but just be aware and pay close attention. . Layer your melted pieces. If you don't like the melted edges (meaning you have black. Using a candle. The edges will begin to curl. 3. very carefully singe or melt the edges of your flower piece. and finish it with a small knot in the back. Just hold the edge close to the flame and turn it to evenly melt the edges around the shape. sew a few beads or buttons in the center of your flower. We used 3-4 layers. but play around with your pieces until you like the way it looks. singed edges). There is not wrong way to do this.

4. . Attach to an alligator clip or pin of your choice to the back. You could sew this on or use a strong glue.

We found all our fabrics at JoAnn. Happy melting! You might also like: You¶re going to need something festive to wear to that party you¶re planning. but I also love them with jeans.Voila! These would be so pretty in a bride's or bridesmaid's hair. There are tons of colors to choose from. aren¶t you? Or to give as gifts this season? These party flowers might just be the ticket. just like the . These flowers. and we were able to find several with matching colors in all three fabrics.

The weight of the wool fabric really gives nice body to these flowers. or a fabric remnant and you can make several of these.pillows«your jacket«even hang them from your tree! CLICK HERE for the full project how-to after the jump! . Pin them to anything«. and the best part is that these are made from woolens found at the thrift or secondhand store. are super easy to make.ornaments from yesterday. Find just the right wool plaid coat or skirt.

Cut out carefully.cut 2 .cut 4 3rd largest flower-cut 4 smallest flower. -pin backs (available at Joann¶s and other craft stores) -matching thread -handsewing needle -fabric glue (or some type of strong glue) -*flower stamens (optional) These can be ordered from Tinsel Trading How to Make1. or a pencil to make a light mark -scissors -a scrap piece of wool for the back of the pin. I love it this way. 3 x 3 . but the weight of a wool fabric works best) -Party Flower template (download here) -disappearing fabric marker.) y y y y large Flower. trace the amount needed onto the back of your fabric.Party Flower Supplies-Woolen weight plaid (solids would work too.cut 1 2nd largest flower. Using the 4 flower sizes on the template and your disappearing fabric marker (or light pencil mark). (*Please note that all edges are left raw on these. approx.

take one of the 2nd largest flowers. Do this for the other three flowers this size. Next. and using needle and thread. right side facing out. the folded point at the center of the large flower. The largest flower will be the base. so lay that one right side up onto your work surface. to hold it in place (this is the only point the flower is stitched down. 3. make several stitches going through the folded point and the large flower. and fold it into quarters. Lay this onto the large fabric flower.2. . to attach the other flowers to. so make sure its secure).

place them in between these two flowers (at their folds).) . I like to tie them all together in a knot before I stitch down. You will also do the same process to secure the next smaller sized flower. and stitch down with a few inconspicuous stitches through the center of their stems (if the wire stems are long enough. Grab a few of the flower stamens (if you are using them). so these aren¶t laying directly over the others 5. Place them on the top of your flower. wrong sides together. folded sides towards the center. Stitch these with some tiny stitches through their centers. only fold them each in half (not in quarters). side by side. but for added fluff its nicer to turn your entire base a bit.4. When sewing on the two smallest flowers.

centering it on the wool. Add on the pin back. sew a pinback to the right side of this piece. and carefully place in the center of the back of the flower (where all those handstitches will hopefully be covered up). Enjoy! Read more at Design*Sponge http://www. You¶re done. Using your scrap piece of wool. Make simple handsewn whip stitches around the felt oval to secure onto the flower.html#ixzz17JNVe1GF . Put a few dabs of fabric glue on the back side of this pinback/wool scrap piece. cut it into an oval-ish shape. 7.6.com/2009/12/partyflower.designspongeonline. Using your needle and thread.

so I made you a little worksheet on the chiffon flowers. . You may click on it and it will take you to Flickr where you may chose all sizes and then get the largest size to right click and save. I am also giving you a PDF here: Download Howtomakeflowers(Portable Document Format) so that you can just print it out from there.How To Make Chiffon Flowers by Calamity Kim OK.

Please be advised that this is stinky and should be done in a well ventilated area. now. tulle. silk. You have been warned! . It also can be dangerous and should be supervised by adults or firemen due to sudden bursts of flaming tulle melting the skin from your hands or singing the drapes! I am not liable or responsible for any damages to you or your home or trailer park! Please create these flowers at your own risk! There.I use between 8 and 15 layers of chiffon. organza or any other fabric to create full and fluffy blossoms. I like to scrunch and wad them up in my sweaty little hands to create wrinkles and texture before I burn the edges with a candle or long lighter.

I love to watch the edges curl and puff and melt and the more distressed the better! The key is to not have perfect circles to begin with. Sew that to the center and then add some beads. These blossoms are older and are in their last heyday before the petals have fallen to the ground. I will do the other fabric roses for you and then you are on your own to create a garden of flowers that will last forever with no water or weeding necessary! Happy creating! . I wrap a 12" length of yarn around the two fingers of my left hand and then go back through the center (like making a pompom) and tie it in the middle. when the sun comes out again. Then make a small fuzzy yarn center and stitch it on.cut them in degrees of sizes and make the edges irregular. I just trim it to fit the width of the pin bar and stitch it on with a nice blanket stitch.. It's very simple to put together once you have your circles finished. You want some edges to fray and some to be curled up.they only burn. so I can take some pictures. The back stitches are covered by the pin back and a circle of green felt to cover it. I also use a dog brush to fray the edges of silk and cotton because they don't melt.I myself am a pyromaniac and I admit it freely.just stack them in a layer of large to small and sew together with some stitches all the way through using green perle cotton or embroidery thread. Tadah! You have done it! Easy Peasey! a lovely fabric flower to wear or adorn your favorite bag or bear! TomorrowMake that..

. Cut 5 circles out from fabric using a CD/disc.... My friend Naomi came over and we were chatting about the fabric flower she made sewing two half circles together. So here goes....Love & Stitches! Calamity Kim Today I decided to make a fabric flower and then thought why not do a tutorial and share with my friends...this half circle is one petal. I thought it would be a lot quicker to use a full circle and just fold it over. Fold them in half and iron or press as any good quilter would tell you.lol..

Using matching cotton thread do a basting stitch to gather the raw edges about 1/8th of inch from the edge. Continue onto the next petal doing the same until you have the five attached. Brooch. If you want them smaller just cut smaller circles for your petals. magnet. Pull up tight and tie off the first petal. sew it directly onto a tote bag. I made one for the front and one for the back. I put them upside down so the smooth side faces out. I decided to make 2 yo-yo's for my middle. So both sides of my flower looks perfect and no messy bits on the back. You could even put a key-chain on it. As you can see below the back looks good too. This flower is about 4. You can then use it to do whatever you wish.5" across from petal to petal. .5" in width. I used a yo-yo maker that is about 3. Join the last one to the first one so you have nice flower with a hole in the middle.

You will need. It was a project that I kind of made up as I went along..Enjoy and have fun making these easy flowers. nothing came. I decided to work on something else.. Three different fabric scraps A metal botton to cover it up . that's when I spotted those little pieces of fabrics on my table. then I had a mental block. So...stay tuned folks. I was sitting and working on a project the other day.. I will share a quick tutorial. I will do a simple tote bag tutorial soon to show you how pretty your flower can look on a tote bag. I kept sitting there trying to figure out how to finish and still. Tutorial ~Scrappy Corsage ~ Ok. That's how this scrappy corsage was born..

Fold the scrap pieces right sides together. turn.One silk flower Alligater pin or clothes pin. Make inner peddles same way as step 2. sewed the outer peddles on to it. except. whichever you prefer. my outer peddles are 2 1/2" tall X 2" wide in the bottom. How to: 1. I cut out a circular piece of wool then. the way to fold the bottom is little different. then cut six sets of peddles for the outer peddles and six sets for the inner peddles. 3. 2. Use the picture as a guide. sew. .. and fold the bottom.the order is cut. I just eyeballed it. The inner peddles are 1 3/4" tall X 1 3/4" wide in the bottom. To make the peddles..

For the middle part I chose to use a silk flower. I was able to come up with the design for the other project. 5. . Ready to wear! After I was finihed with this. Put eiter alligater clip or clothes pin. Isn't it interesting how our minds work? Sometimes we need a little detour to figure something out. Cover the metal button then.4. sew it to the flower.

" . I said. "I will share it with you but it's mine. Rachel was asking me if that was hers. ...As soon as Rachel saw this corsage..) You might also like: Tutorial ~ Jean Corsage~ (Got Old Jeans?) It all started when I decided to get rid of this worn pair of jeans.. "Well".

It was pretty. 2.2 1/2". 1. Then the frugul side of me kicked in and stopped me from throwing the jeans in the trash.3 1/2". I decided to make my own with my old jeans. I made a couple of things. but I am doing tutorial for one item today. 1. I saw a jean corsage at an expensive department store once. but now.3". Cut out flower shapes.. 1. It is easier to cut by using the corners as a guide. rear. but not $38. it was around $38. it doesn't need to be perfect! That give the corsage charactor.you know how that goes). 1. 2. .00 pretty. I will show you what I did. some parts are faded( knee..00. Cut 5 squares. if I remember correctly.. Remember..It was a much darker color when I bought it.2 3/4".

(It will fray a little.3.) . but not as much. Sew along the edges of the flowers to prevent fraying. it also gives body to each of the petals.

Make sure that petals don't overlap each other from the top layer down to the bottom layer. I originally wanted to do a cream color. 5. . I like that the beads don't stand out too much. sew 7-8 pearls around it. For the color of the beads. but I ended up picking darker colors.4. Sew a large bead in the middle. large flower to small. then. I sew at least a couple times for each bead to make sure they are secure. Stack them together.

6. sew that onto the back of the flower. Using the slip stitch. Sew the pin to a 1 1/2" felt circle. .

It is totally a personal choice. Time to enjoy! . I didn't won't my flower to lay flat.7. so I squeezed it and made the shape. 8.

I don't really love wearing them but I sure love making them and giving them to my sisters or friends. I have seen zipper flowers popping up here and there and for Christmas I decided to make one for my sister.I love making hair accessories. . Not sure why. It was easier than I thought it would be so I wanted to share how to make them.

I tried using pliers but ended up just pulling it apart. Next. Just make sure to not rip anything. dab some glue onto the extended part of the tape and fold over. Dab and fold one more time. This will be the center of the rose.What you need: metal zipper (or thick toothed zipper) at least 7 inches long glue gun felt scraps headband First. take your zipper and separate the sides/tapes by removing the bottom stopper. .

Add a thicker line of glue and attach it to the underpart of the flower. Dab a thin line of glue along the bottom edge and then wrap around the center keeping the shape round. You are now done with one zipper rose. Keep on going until you get to the other end of the zipper tape.Now work in small sections. .

.. . but you still get the idea of what the back looks like) Repeat all steps for the other half of the zipper.(For some reason this picture won't rotate.

. here is what I did.Now. if you want to make a headband out of your roses. On the first glue both roses. Keep them close together so a lot of felt doesn't show through. I cut 2 small rectangles of felt.

Next. . Use the other piece of felt and glue on the underside. Make sure to fill in any gaps between the pieces of felt. figure out where you want the roses positioned and glue directly onto the headband.

added a thick line of glue on one side (down the center is fine .the glue will squeeze out towards the sides). and sandwiched each end of the headband (to add some cushion so it is more comfortable to wear). I cut 2 smaller rectangles. And you are done! .And if you're cheap like me and got headbands from the dollar store. you might want to include this last step.

Linking up with Skip To My Lou Made By You Mondays. headband. rose. Cottage Instincts Make It For Monday. felt. and at Making the World Cuter. Posted by Jess at 7:00 AM Labels: accessory. flowers. tutorial. zipper . The Girl Creative: Just Something I Whipped Up Monday.

5 8 yard Rotary cutting mat Scissors Thread Template Optional: Olfa circle-cutting rotary cutter Make the rosettes Create the rosettes from fabric circles. Cut the fabric. You can adjust the rosette size by changing the fabric circle and sequin size. 2 3 4-inch-diameter circles and two. . 3 8-inch-wide Hand needle Pinking shears Ribbon. gather the circle around a sequin. From each fabric.What You'll Need: Buckram Chain. For the blossom. 1 8 yard Fabric glue Gold sequins. 1. The Olfa circlecutting rotary cutter makes cutting fabric circles easy and quick. 1 7 8-inch-diameter circles. 3 4-inch-wide. 3 8-inch-wide Chiffon fabric in white and cream. Cut out circles from the panné and chiffon. 1 8 yard Crushed panné in white and cream. cut 10.

Hand-sew a running stitch about 1 8 inch away from the sequin. Don t knot off. Sew the rosettes.2. Place a sequin centered on one fabric circle s wrong side. .

Gather the rosettes. and cut that template from the panné. Enlarge the template on a photocopier. Pull the thread to gather the rosette around the sequin. Cut out the cluster base.3. Assemble the necklace Hand-sew rosettes to the cluster base and to each other to form a rosette chain. Cut one each from the buckram and panné. Then. hand-sew a chain to link the necklace pieces together. Add a 1 4-inch seam allowance to your template. use silk ribbon threaded through the chain ends. 1. . Knot off the thread to secure the gathering. For an easy closure.

Knot thread and sew through a smaller rosette s center. . Sew through a second rosette center and repeat. as shown at left.2. and glue it in place. to form a small rosette chain. Wrap the panné raw edges around the buckram. and glue it in place. Make the rosette chain. and glue them in place. Arrange the larger rosettes on the base. Assemble the base. Hand-sew a chain of rosettes together along their centers. Center the buckram on the larger panné piece s wrong side. 3. Place the smaller panné piece over the buckram. as shown above. and hand-sew them in place until the base is covered in rosettes. 4. Attach the rosettes.

Hand-sew the metal chain to the rosette cluster and the rosette chain. .5. Attach the metal chain.

06. Cut the ribbon into two equal lengths. 4. by adding little details to a t-shirt or a jacket.with a much more manageable price tag. Thread one ribbon through the last link in the metal chain at either end of the necklace and knot it in place.Rosette Tank Today is the first day of a week of "embellishment" projects. but as I studied further. and can be completed in less .6.2009 Embellishment Week . Our first project is a than 30 minutes! rosette embellished tank. However. Each day we will take a basic clothing item and using VERY SIMPLE techniques. create something a little more special. I realized that the items themselves were pretty basic. Recently I was in a small boutique and was enamored with nearly every clothing item. Each of the projects that I make this week will recreate a boutique feel . they were transformed into much more original pieces. Attach the ribbon ties.

cutting a slit halfway through each one.The only materials required for this project are a tank top and various coordinating fabric scraps. Then. Cut 4 messy circles per rosette. use the slits to slide the circles together (largest to smallest). .

this gives it dimension. . spinning the rosette as you stitch (creating a spiral pattern). Purposely push the fabric through so that it bunches and gathers .Sew the layers together.

arrange the rosettes along the shoulder line and stitch down. After washing. as they have been frayed and fluffed! . the flowers look even cuter.Finally.

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