How to Make Flowers from Silk Fabric

Updated April 17, 2017

Silk flowers are an attractive alternative to live flowers in home decoration and bouquets for many reasons. They never wilt or die and they won't cause allergies. Although silk flowers aren't too expensive to buy in craft stores, homemade silk flowers can be even more inexpensive. In addition to this, homemade silk flowers can be customised in colour, size and shape to meet anyone's needs or desires. With a few common crafting supplies, anyone can make inexpensive and personalised silk flowers.

Cut out five pieces of silk, each 4 inches in diameter, in the desired petal shape.

Hand sew a 1/4-inch-wide circle of stitches in the middle of the first silk piece. Draw the stitches in so that the centre of the fabric is gathered up and forms a pucker in the middle.

Sew the middle of the fabric piece to a piece of crinoline, with the puckered side of the silk facing up.

Hand stitch a 1/2-inch circle in the middle of the second piece of silk and gather it just like the first silk piece.

Sew the middle of the second silk piece (puckered side up) on top of the middle of the first silk piece, going all the way through to the crinoline.

Sew progressively larger circles in the middle of the third, fourth and fifth fabric circles (3/4 inch, 1 inch and 1-1/4 inches, respectively).

Gather the thread circles of the last three silk pieces and sew them on top of the other silk pieces, with the puckered sides up, going through all the layers of the fabric (crinoline included).

Cut off the excess crinoline around the stitches. Hot glue the bottom of the flower to one end of a piece of floral wire.

Wrap floral tape all around the stem of the flower.

Things You'll Need

  • Silk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Crinoline or interfacing material
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue
  • Floral tape
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About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.