How to make fabric flowers

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How to make fabric flowers
(cutting of a fabric image by Podfoto from

Fabric flowers are fun and easy to make, and a great way to use up scraps. You can sew or pin them onto bags or hair bows, or glue them onto napkin rings, scrapbook covers or other craft projects. There are many different ways to make fabric flowers. This simple method requires very little sewing (just enough to hold the layers of fabric together), and makes a flower that looks similar to a rose or camellia blossom. Fabrics such as plain cotton or calicos work best for making simple fabric flowers. You can make all the layers of the flower from the same fabric, or use contrasting fabrics for a more whimsical look.

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Things you need

  • scraps of fabric
  • scissors
  • thread
  • hand-sewing needle
  • button (optional)
  • fray check (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut two 4 inch squares of fabric, two 3 inch squares of fabric and two 2 inch squares of fabric.

  2. 2

    Fold each square of fabric in half, then fold it in half again.

  3. 3

    Trim the unfolded edges of the fabric into a scalloped shape. (The scallops don't have to be perfectly even to make a nice flower shape.)

  4. 4

    Unfold the fabric, then cut slits between the scallops toward the centre of the flower, without cutting the petals all the way apart. These slits will make it easier to fluff out the petals and make the flower more three-dimensional.

  5. 5

    Place the two large flower pieces on top of each other. Pull the petals of the lower flower up through the slits between the upper petals, to make the flower petals fluffier.

  6. 6

    Repeat step 5 with the pair of medium flower petals, and the pair of small flower petals.

  7. 7

    Stack the flower petal pairs on top of each other, with the largest petals on the bottom and the smallest petals on the top. Make sure the petal pairs are centred.

  8. 8

    Stitch the layers of the flower together through the centre, using a few small hand stitches. Add a button to the centre of the flower if you wish.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want the edges of your simple fabric flowers to ravel, you can apply anti-fraying gel to the edges of each petal.
  • You can use a button that matches the fabric, or a contrasting button if you want the centre of the flower to stand out.
  • Glue a felt circle on the back for a more finished look.
  • Use caution when working with scissors and sewing needles.

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