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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
- Cut out circles from desired fabric. You can cut the circles freehand; they do not need to be perfect circles.
- 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.
- Poke the needle through the flower, bringing the needle/thread to the top of the petal.
- Continue sewing on the same thread, pick up another circle and fold in half. Sew a couple stitches near the corner of the fold.
- Poke needle through one layer of the fabric to bring the needle to the front.
- Repeat steps 4–5 for each additional petal.
Note: Start with larger petals first, then add smaller petals as you approach the center.
- For the last petal, we chose a small circle, folded in half and stitched in the center of the fold (instead of near the corner).
- Your flower might be a little wonky, but gently arrange the petals until you are pleased.
- Then sew a few stitches in the center of flower—through all layers of petals.
- If you still have a few unruly petals, sew a few stitches to hold them in place.
- Pull thread through to the back of flower and tie the ends of the thread. Trim the thread ends.
- Cut a leaf or two from green fabric and sew to the back of the flower.
- Now your flower is finished.
- 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!
Ideas from the elves:
- Decorate the center of the flower with beads or mini pompoms.
- To create a flower with full, ruffled petals, fold each circle into quarters, and cut an arc to round off the corners. Then fold each "clover-esque" piece in quarters and stitch the points together.
Make It a Pin!
Supplies & Tools
- Fabric flowers
- Safety pins
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Lay flower on flat surface, backside facing up.
- 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.
- Place circle inside the safety pin. (To prevent gluing the wrong side of pin, open the safety pin.)
- Hold the open side of pin between thumb and forefinger.
- On the other side, apply hot glue to the felt and pin.
- Immediately apply to the back of flower.
- Press in place and let cool.
- Now you can wear your flower with your favorite outfit!