Friday, March 1, 2013

DIY Decorative Fabric Flowers

I recently got a request to do a tutorial on the decorative flowers from our post how to cover a box in fabric. So I finally got around to it. These are very simple flowers, and can liven up any simple project.

To make the flowers you need some fabric, twine, scissors, hot glue, and a needle and thread.

So, first off you need to cut a strip of fabric. The fabric needs to be about 3 to 3 1/2 inches wide. You can make it however long you want it, depending on how big you want your flower to be.

Fold the fabric corner down and insert the needle in. By folding the corner down it will give it a nice center.

With the needle you need to do a in and our kind of pattern, just like I did in the picture.

This is what the needle pattern should look like.

When you get to the end of the fabric, hold the string and gently pull the fabric down. It will start to scrunch up.

Once the scrunching is done, this is the what the strip of fabric looks like.

At this step in the process, you can now start arranging the flower. As you make the flower, roll the fabric around the center. If the fabric loosens, just keep pulling the string to tighten it. When you roll it up, put little drops of glue to keep the flower in place.

When you get to the end of rolling and gluing, hot glue the last corner to the underside of the flower. That way it won't be as noticeable.

After you've hot glued the corner, pull the string one more time to make sure the flower is together. Then sew it up a couple of time, and knot it off.

This is the finished flower! Now all to have to do is glue it on to the box.


This the the other flower I will be showing you how to make.

Like the flower before you will need to cut you strip of fabric to the desired width and length.

Hot glue the corner down.

Then glue the corner over, so it looks like this.

This is the hard part. You will then pull the fabric around to make a bulb like middle. Place a dab of hot glue to keep it in place.

As you go around the flower fold the fabric up kind of like a ruffle and hot glue it.

When you fold the fabric, try not to glue the folds right on another one. Glue them in different spots so it doesn't look all the same.

This is just another picture to show the folding and gluing. As you fold, move the fabric around the base of the flower so they look like petals.

Once you get to the end, hot glue the last flap down, and cut the fabric.

You can also add twine to it if you would like.

This is what the finished flower should look like. You can now see the folds that you made when you were going around the flower.

 That's it! The flowers are very quick and easy. They could even work as hair accessories or even a fabric flower arrangement. We put the flowers on our fabric covered boxes. Sometimes, all you need is just a little flower to brighten up your project!

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  1. These are darling. I wonder if I can make this using denim fabric. Ill have to try. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hello, I’d love to have you come share your post at Show and Tell Saturday #6 at Sassy Little Lady!


  3. Newest follower here! I found you through the six sisters' stuff blog hop :) You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at


  4. sweet flowers! :) I've always wanted to make some like this... but it's too much like sewing. :)


  5. Thanks for sharing the step by step. I'm working on some similar flower for a project I'm working on now and that helps!
    I found you from (last weeks) Saturdays party at cheeriosandlattes; I'm going to link up tomorrow.
    I hope you visit my blog and leave a comment, too.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  6. Hi just popping over from Get Schooled Saturday. Love your flower. I don't care much for sewing, but these look quick and easy. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorials.

    Linda @ Mixed Kreations

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