Craft Cottage - Lovely Fabric Flowers

Skill Level:

Beginner

Crafting Time:

Less than 1 hour

Technique(s):

Hand Sewing

Material(s):

Fabric

Category:

Floral Crafts

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Lovely Fabric Flowers

These charming flowers are rather versatile, as they can be used to make flower garlands, table confetti, a brooch, a headband, pins—you name it! Try the different techniques detailed below to create different types of flowers.

Make these flowers for any season and use as interchangeable appliqués. (Quick tip: Use hot glue to attach a safety pin on the back of each flower for easy attachment and removal.) Attach yellow flowers to a wreath for spring and summer, then simply remove and replace with red and white flowers for Christmas.

Supplies & Tools:

  • 0.25 yard fabric, any color
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle

 Directions:

  1. Cut out circles (ranging from 1–3" in diameter) from desired fabric. You can cut the circles freehand; they do not need to be perfect circles. In fact, we find that they are more interesting and unique when each is slightly different.
  2. Thread the needle and gather a circle in the center. Sew a couple stitches so that the petal holds its shape. Be sure to knot the thread. (Do not trim the thread yet!)
  3. Poke needle through flower, bringing it to the back side.
  4. Poke needle near the center of the next circle. Needle should now be on the rear of the flower.
  5. Gather fabric and stitch once or twice.
  6. Repeat steps 3–5 for each additional petal you want to add.
  7. Once you have added all the petals, sew a few stitches through all layers of petals in the center of flower. Bring the thread to the back of the flower. Remove thread from needle.
  8. Next, locate the thread from step 2. Insert needle into flower near this thread. Pull thread though the eye of needle and pull needle through to the back of the flower.
  9. Now tie the ends of the thread together to finish the flower.

Alternate Directions:

  1. Cut out circles from desired fabric. You can cut the circles freehand; they do not need to be perfect circles.
  2. Fold a circle in half. Hold the flower in one hand and sew a couple stitches near the corner of the fold. Tie thread in a knot.
  3. Poke the needle through the flower, bringing the needle/thread to the top of the petal.
  4. Continue sewing on the same thread, pick up another circle and fold in half. Sew a couple stitches near the corner of the fold.
  5. Poke needle through one layer of the fabric to bring the needle to the front.
  6. Repeat steps 4–5 for each additional petal.
  7. For the last petal, we chose a smaller circle, folded in half and stitched in the center of the fold (instead of near the corner).
  8. Your flower might be a little wonky, but gently arrange the petals until you are pleased.
  9. Then sew a few stitches in the center of flower—through all layers of petals.
  10. If you still have a few unruly petals, sew a few stitches to hold them in place.
  11. Pull thread through to the back of flower and tie the ends of the thread.  Trim the thread ends.

Elfy Hints:

  • Use a sewing machine to sew the corners of each petal. This will speed up the process of flower making, especially if you are making several of these!
  • Start with larger petals first, then add smaller petals in the center.

Ideas from the elves:

  • Decorate the center of the flower with beads or mini pompoms.
  • Fold each circle into quarters, and cut an arc to round off the corners. This makes the flower look like it has ruffled petals.

Making the Leaves:

  1. Cut a leaf shape with a square bottom.
  2. Sew a running stitch across the bottom edge.
  3. Pull needle through, leaving ample thread on each side.
  4. Gather the edges, and sew a few stitches so the leaf will hold its shape.
  5. Attach to back of flower.
  6. Now you have a little leaf to accent your fabric flower.

Make It a Pin!

Supplies & Tools

  • Fabric flowers
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks

Directions:

  1. Lay flower on flat surface, backside facing up.
  2. Cut a small circle from felt about 0.75–1" wide, depending on the size of the safety pin. The felt circle should fit snugly in the safety pin.
  3. Place circle inside the safety pin. (To prevent gluing the wrong side of pin, open the safety pin.)
  4. Hold the open side of pin between thumb and forefinger.
  5. On the other side, apply hot glue to the felt and pin.
  6. Immediately apply to the back of flower.
  7. Press in place and let cool.