How to make silk rose petals

Making your own silk rose petals for a craft or interior design project is cheaper and more fun than buying them. Making silk rose petals is not difficult or time-consuming, because there is no sewing required. It is a simple process of creating a pattern and then cutting the petals at the correct angle on the silk fabric. When you pay attention to the placement of the petal pattern, the finished rose petals will curl attractively in the same way that a real rose petal often does.

Draw a petal pattern on the cardboard. Generally, a rose petal will be teardrop shaped, with a wide rounded end and a narrow pointed end. Make the rose petal as large as you like. Cut out the pattern from the cardboard.

Lay the silk fabric flat on a work surface with the wrong side facing up.

Place the petal pattern on the silk fabric in the lower left corner of the fabric. Position the petal pattern so that the bias grain runs diagonally through the petal pattern. Cutting the petals on the bias grain will create a lovely and realistic curl to the petals.

Trace around the petal pattern with the disappearing fabric pen. Reposition the petal pattern -- again on the bias grain -- and trace around the pattern again. Continue repositioning the pattern and tracing around until you have all the petals you need. Position the pattern each time so that you get as many petals as possible from the fabric.

Put the pattern aside and cut out the petals, following the outlines you traced with the fabric pen.


Look carefully at the fabric to find the bias grain before tracing and cutting the rose petals. Notice one edge of the fabric probably has a strip of white on the very edge of it and possibly has printing. This is a selvedge edge. The opposite edge to this edge is also a selvedge edge. The lengthwise grain of the fabric is parallel to the selvedge edges and the crosswise grain of the fabric is perpendicular to the selvedge edges. The bias grain of the fabric is at a 45-degree angle from the selvedge edges and runs diagonally through the fabric.


Trace only as many petal pieces as you will cut in one sitting because the ink of the disappearing fabric pen will disappear within several hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin cardboard
  • Pencil
  • 90 cm (1 yard) silk
  • Disappearing fabric pen
  • Sharp fabric scissors
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