Fabric Flowers

How To Make Fabric Flowers? (A Guide For Beginners)

Making your own fabric flowers is great because they are very popular, you can use them for lots of different things, and it is way cheaper to make them than to buy them. There are many different designs out there, and it all depends on the appearance you want to achieve. I personally adore this straightforward design because it is so adaptable and simple to make.

Perfect for adding flair to a simple outfit, turning into a brooch, or creating one to attach to a hair clip. A variety of girly-girl gifts can be made from these lovely flowers!

What Do You Need To Make Fabric Flowers?

  • The fabric of your choice: cotton, organza, polyester satin
  • Hand stitch needle
  • Thread
  • Candle
  • Small plate
  • A drinking glass or round cookie cutter
  • Washable fabric marker
  • Rhinestone, button, sequin, or any other accessories you like
  • Scissor
  • Circle Felt
  • Glue gun

How To Make Fabric Flowers?

If the fabric has wrinkles as mine does here, you should probably press it first.

Using this tiny plate and drinking glass is the simplest way to create a circle shape on fabric.

Pinwheel Fabric Flower

Any kind of fabric works well for creating pinwheels. Make a circle on the fabric using the small plate and the washable fabric marker.

To create smaller size, use a drinking glass. Cut the round-marked fabric with scissors.

After stitching a circle with the needle that has been threaded, pull the thread and tie a knot to secure it. The button or rhinestone should be attached with a glue gun. If a button is being used, simply sew it into the center of the pinwheel fabric.

Five Petal Fabric Flower

Any type of fabric works well for flower shapes. Mark the fabric with a washable fabric marker, then cut out five circles with a drinking glass or a round cookie cutter.

To make a quarter-size, fold it in half twice. Stitch along the raw edge, then repeat for each of the five circles.

Make a knot to keep the thread in place after pulling it and stitching it back a few times. Use the glue gun or hand stitch a button to secure the rhinestone or other embellishment into the center of the flower.

Morning Glory Fabric Flowers

Morning glories are stunning trumpet-shaped flowers that come in pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. There are numerous wildflowers that grow in this area. Even though my morning glory flower doesn’t look as beautiful as the real thing, maybe you can make it better now that you know how to make it. 

You just need a nice lip along the petal edge. To create one, cut out an organdy fabric that is 2 to 3 inches wide and 5 inches long. Hem the edge with whip stitches, a hemming foot, or a lighter. 
This fabric’s short edges can be joined together with a french seam to create a tube like this.
If you don’t know how to make a French seam, look at the post on that topic.

With the wire, create a loop. As shown in the illustration, add some pip inside the loop.

Keep the wire with the pips in the center of the fabric tube before gathering the center and tying it off with thread. Your flower’s petal will be created by this. The flower base should now be gathered similarly.

Ruffled Fabric Flower

It is best to use organza or satin fabric to create the ruffle fabric flower. Mark the fabric using the washable fabric marker. Here, I draw a long wavy line.

Cut the marked fabric with scissors. To seal the raw edge of the fabric with waves, burn along the edge.

Making a straight cut, pulling the thread, stitching along it a few times in the center, and then tying a knot to secure it. To affix a button, rhinestone, or other embellishment into the center of the ruffle flower, use glue.

Gladiolus Fabric Flower

You need a thin, crisp fabric to make gladiola flowers; organdy and voile work well for this. Additionally, some stamens (pips), floral wire, green tape, and coordinating thread are required for tying the petals together.

Make fabric squares measuring 3 inches. 3 petals are required for a small flower. Each petal should be folded as shown in the pictures below. Once completed, tie each petal together at the base with a matching thread and set aside. 

Six petals are necessary to create larger flowers.

The fabric piece should be folded diagonally by the center, bringing the opposing corners together, as shown in the illustration of the gladiolus petal fold. Bring the corners on the left and the right now to the bottom corner. Do the same fold once more, this time bringing the corner to the bottom corner. To tie the petal at the base, twist the sides slightly in the back.

By assembling these flowers and one or more buds (buds are made by assembling one single petal in the same manner as the flower) along a long, stiff wire, gladioli spikes can be created. Cover the central wire with green tape as you add the handmade flowers. At the top, the buds appear, followed by three-petal flowers and then six-petal flowers. You could intersperse some leaves.

Pompom Fabric Flower

This one is made of polyester satin. Mark the fabric with a washable fabric marker, then cut out five circles with a drinking glass or a round cookie cutter.

To seal the raw edge and stop fraying, burn the fabric close to the edge. Fold it in half, then fold it again, then stitch it with the other circles using the hand stitch needle to make two stitches in the corner.

To secure it, tie a knot after a few stitches. To fasten a button, rhinestone, or another accessory into the center of the pompom flower, either hand stitch it on or use glue.

Fabric Flowers

How To Use Your Fabric Flowers?

Once you’ve created a lovely flower, you’ll want to display it. Why not add a little flair to a plain top by sewing or pinning your flower to it? You could also attach your flower to a hair clip and wear it in your hair. All that’s left to do is sew it or fuse it to the base of your hair clip.

The fundamental flower design is covered in the instructions above. However, you can add more fabric circles for a fuller appearance or add a few layers of tulle for more glitz if you so choose. If you want your fabric circles to have a more textured appearance, you could also cut them out with pinking shears.

Some Fabric Flower Making Tips

Some preliminary points I learned while making handmade fabric flowers

  • The main things you will need to make the flowers are the fabric for flowers, sharp scissors, thin needle, matching thread, wire, green tape for covering the stalk, gum, old scissors to cut wire, cotton for stuffing if needed, stamens to keep in the center of the flowers ( also called pips – you need to buy these)
  • You can use fabric scraps of organdy, silk, artificial silk, voile, velvet, chiffon, and even yarns to make these flowers
  • The stems/stalks of flowers, which are made of wire can be covered with green tape with adhesive on it,  bias strips of green silk, velvet or green organdy, white or colored embroidery cotton or silk 
  • Cut all the petals before you start assembling the flower
  • The fabric should be stiffened if you’re making flowers with stiff petals; you can do this by dipping the fabric for flowers in a gum-and-water solution, then pressing it before it dries completely.
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