How to Make Hawaiian Fabric Flowers

Making flowers out of Hawaiian fabric does not require a sewing machine or advanced sewing skills. Creating flowers yourself will give you the components necessary to decorate clothing, crafts or home decor, such as draperies or lampshades. Hawaiian print fabrics add a relaxed Caribbean feel to your decor. It is an effective way to decorate with an island theme in your bedroom or any area in your home. Fabric flowers can be large or small and useful in many decorating schemes.

Cut the Hawaiian fabric into the desired length to create your fabric flower. They can be any size you desire, but to create a small flower you can use a 1-inch by 12-inch strip, medium flowers -- 2.5-inches by 34-inches. Large flowers can be created by using 7-inch by 72-inch strips. Use one strip for each flower.

Fold the strip of Hawaiian fabric in half lengthwise. Use the thread and sewing needle to baste the raw edges together. Do not baste the end sections.

Gather the long edges of the fabric strip together. Pull one end of the thread until it is halfway out of the fabric. This will cause the Hawaiian print fabric to curve.

Fold one end of the fabric down in a 45-degree angle and tack it together with the needle and thread.

Use the needle and thread to continue hand tacking the flower down its gathered edge. This forms a spiral shape.

Roll the strip of fabric around with your fingers and continue tacking it until there is only 3-inches of fabric left.

Fold the remaining end of the fabric down. It needs to be at a 45-degree angle. Tie this section off.

Sew the fabric flower onto your clothing, a tote bag or other type of fabric article. Use a hot glue gun to attach it to crafts or home decor.


You can use a hot glue gun to attach each fabric flower to a green pipe cleaner. Stand the flowers in a vase for a funky, tropical look. Spray the finished flowers with a spray starch and allow it to dry according to the label directions. This gives the fabric flower a crisp, stiff appearance and is particularly helpful in making crafts. Spray starch is available in discount and grocery stores on the laundry aisle.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric with a Hawaiian or island style pattern -- 1/3 to 1 yard
  • Coordinating thread
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Hot glue gun -- optional
  • Green pipe cleaners -- optional
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