Fabric Flowers (Version #1)

One of the [many] trends floating around Pinterest seems to be DIY fabric flowers and they all seem to look super cute.  I’ve been hesitant to try to create my own since my sewing skills are minimal (Seriously, the only official sewing class I’ve had was in 7th grade Home Economics).  However, I finally came across a couple of tutorials that seemed simple enough… One of them was and the other was not – I thought I’d share my experience with both.

I’ll start with the easier of the two (green flowers) so I don’t scare anyone away right off the bat.  I found this tutorial by Obstinate Pursuit and decided to give it a go.  This kind of flower is great because you can use any kind of scrap material you have – even a t-shirt!  I used an old pillowcase and have tons of material leftover.  Besides your fabric, you will need a sewing needle, coordinating thread, a pen, scissors, an iron, any kind of embellishment and a drinking cup.

Start by laying your fabric on a flat surface and tracing 5 circles around your cup.

Cut out the circles but don’t worry about cutting too carefully.  As long as the general shape is a circle, the edges will be hidden.

Next, heat up your iron.  Then, take one circle and fold it in half and iron a crease.  Fold the halved circle in half again and iron a second time.  This should only take about 30 seconds per circle but be careful because the material gets extremely hot and we don’t want any burnt fingers!  Repeat the process with all 5 circles.  You should now have 5 “petals” that look like this:

Alright, time for the dreaded sewing but I promise it’s not that bad!  Take one petal and create 3 stitches along the open hem.

Tip:  I found that my petals looked more uniform when I started my first stitch fairly close to one edge and ended my last stitch close to the other end.  If you leave too much material before or after, the petals don’t bunch as well.

Without cutting your thread, push the fabric together until it bunches up and resembles a petal.  Fancy, right? :).

Now just continue with your next petal but make sure you sew the three stitches before bunching the fabric into a petal.  As you continue to add petals, you’ll see that the petals start to curve around and form a flower on their own accord.

Once you’ve stitched and bunched all 5 petals, make a few connecting stitches between the first and last petal and tie off.  You’re almost done!

If you want to cover the hole in the middle (and I’m sure you do), just find any embellishment you like and either hot glue it to the center or sew it on.  For example, I used a large bead I found in the Jewelry Making section of Michael’s and hot glued it to the petals.  The options are limitless!

Fabric Flowers (Version #1)

Source: Obstinate Pursuit

You Will Need

  • scrap fabric
  • sewing needle
  • coordinating thread
  • pen
  • scissors
  • wide mouth drinking cup
  • iron & ironing board
  • embellishment

What to Do

  1. Lay fabric on a flat surface and trace 5 circles around your cup.
  2. Cut out the circles.
  3. When iron is hot, take one circle, fold it in half and iron a crease.
  4. Fold the halved circle in half again and iron a second time.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with all 5 circles.
  6. Take one petal and create 3 stitches along the open hem.
  7. Without cutting your thread, push the fabric together until it bunches up and resembles a petal.
  8. Add the next petal but make sure you sew the three stitches before bunching the fabric into a petal.  As you continue to add petals, you’ll see that the petals start to curve around and form a flower on their own accord.  Repeat with all remaining petals.
  9. Once you’ve stitched and bunched all 5 petals, make a few connecting stitches between the first and last petal and tie off.
  10. Add your chosen embellishment by sewing it on or attaching it with a hot glue gun.
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15 thoughts on “Fabric Flowers (Version #1)

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  3. Thank you… thank you for posting this. Me too ,my sewing skills is very limited. I cant believe this is simple to make.

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