There are many different ways to make fabric flowers. Today I have a tutorial for you with my favorite style. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest ways to make beautiful little fabric flowers that can be used in an endless number of ways. You only need a few materials and very basic sewing skills.
Needle & Thread
For this tutorial I used felt for my fabric. Felt is super easy to work with because it is very soft and doesn’t fray. At the bottom I also give directions for making this same style flower using a fabric that does fray. I used red thread to make it easier to see in my photos. But you, of course, would use a color thread that matches the color of your fabric.
Step 1: Cut & Iron – Cut a strip of fabric. The size of your strip will vary depending on the size flower you want to make. I cut a strip that was 2.5″ wide and 20″ long.
Step 2: Sew – Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread. Starting at one end, sew a loose running stitch along one of the long sides of your strip. Leave the thread untied.
Step 3: Bunch – Holding on to the untied end of the thread, gently push the fabric down, bunching it toward the other end. You’ll notice it will begin to curl on its own as you bunch. Once the fabric is loosely bunched, tie a knot in the thread to hold in place.
Step 4: Wrap & Stitch – Hold your bunched strip of fabric with the running stitch at the bottom. This will end up being the base of your flower. Starting at one end, begin to wrap the felt strip around itself pinching the bottom together as you wrap.
Stitch through the bottom as you go to hold in place. Continue until you get to the end of the strip. Then, tie a knot.
The bottom of yours (with matching thread) will look like the example in the picture below. If you want a more finished look or a flat back, simply cut out a circle of your fabric large enough to cover your stitches and hot glue it to the bottom.
Now… if you’re making a flower out of another type of fabric that will fray, the steps are only slightly different.
Step one: Cut & Iron – Cut a strip that is double the width that you want for your flower. Only double the width, not the length! Fold it in half and iron to keep in place.
Step 2: Sew – Sew the same running stitch that I showed you above along the open edge of your strip. This edge will be the bottom of your flower to hide those frayed edges!
Continue with steps 3 & 4 (above) to finish your flower.
You can make these flowers in all different kinds of fabric and in different sizes. Have fun!