Thursday, 12 July 2012

Tutorial- How to make a fabric flower

Hello everyone,

I hope that you all have had a great week. I have spent mine preparing for a craft fair, catching up with old friends who I had not seen for a long time, going for a walk and then fish and chips on the seaside and trying to enjoy every second of sunshine as the weather is still a bit up and down!

Today I am very excited to have my first ever guest post which has been written by Ariella who runs the blog Haus of Ariella and also an Etsy shop. She has written a fabulous tutorial on how to make a fabric flower for you all to enjoy.

The Dorothy Days Xx

How to make a fabric flower  (great for putting on bags, hair clips etc)

One of the ways in which the fabric flower can be used

-Fabric - light to medium weight fabrics work best; I used satin for this tutorial
-Needle and matching thread
-Large button for the center
-Hot glue gun
-Paper for the template

Step 1:
Step 1
Decide what size you would like your flower to be. The one I made was about 4 inches across and the inner petals were about 2.5 inches across. Measure two circles - one for the large petals and one for the smaller ones - on a piece of paper with the diameter you'd like your flower to be as the large petal template and about 60% of that size for the diameter of the small petal template. Cut them out.

Step 2:

Step 2
Step 2

Fold one of your templates in half over your fabric and cut around the template so that you end up with a circle of fabric. Cut 5 of the large circles and 4 of the small ones.

Step 3:

Step 3
Step 3

Take one of the circles and fold it in half with the right side of the fabric (the side you want showing) on the outside. Thread your needle and put a knot in one end of the thread. Make a line of fairly small stitches close to the rounded edges of your circle, going through both layers. Pull the thread tight to gather the fabric and tie off the other end of the thread as well. Repeat with all of the circles.

Step 4:

Step 4

Take your 5 large petals and sew them together in a circle with the petals slightly overlapping. Do the same thing for the small petals.

After completing step 4 your flower should look like this

Step 5:
Step 5
Take your circle of small petals and sew it on top of your circle of large petals.

Step 6: 

Step 6- The final finished piece!

Take your button (which should be large enough to cover the hole in the middle of the petals) and put hot glue on the edges, then place it in the middle of the flower.

Congratulations! You now have a cool fabric flower to put on purses, hair clips, or whatever else your heart desires!


  1. These are so pretty. I like how it's layered and the button in the center makes it look very elegant. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I've seen many fabric flower designs on various blogs, and this is one of the best.

    1. Glad that you liked the tutorial. Ariella did a great job at making it easy to follow :) I am deffinatly going to have a go at making one

  3. Thank you for sharing this sweet tutorial. It's perfect for summer.

  4. Cute and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  5. That's super cute! Thanks for sharing this DIY :-D

  6. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I just tucked it away in my favorite tutorial file.

  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments :) So glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Has anyone attempted to make one yet ?!

  8. Simple and beautiful! Wow! this project allows for a LOT of creativity, starting with the center piece (here a button) which can be anything you want. Color, number, shape of petals, added leafs, inserts in the petals , embroideries you name it. Great Post!

    1. That is what I love about it too, there are some many different types of flowers you could make from this tutorial :). Thanks for stopping by

  9. How pretty, thank you for the tutorial! I am a bit late finding this post, so have not tried it yet. They look wonderful with the button!


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