Easy Fabric Flower Tutorial

by Katie on March 24, 2011

I love fabric flowers! Probably because I have a fabric obsession and flowers make me happy…I guess it only makes sense. :)

I have been wanting to try a new fabric flower “pattern” so I came up with this (though I am certain it has been done before, many, many times). I thought it was going to be harder than it actually ended up being, so yay! Here goes!

You’ll need:
– Fabric (you only need a little, and [obvi] the bigger the flower you want, the more fabric you need!) – I uses a stretch knit here (that I got in the garment district in LA!! :)), but you can use just about anything.
– Scissors
– Needle
– Thread

The steps:
Cut a total of 9 circles (or almost-circles – they don’t have to be perfect)! Five (5) “big” ones, and four (4) “little” ones. The little ones should be just a tiny bit smaller than the big ones, though honestly I’m not sure if it matters at all if they are different sizes.

Take one big piece and lay it flat on your work surface. Take two more big pieces and fold them in half, laying them beside each other (the straight sides touching) on top of the flat piece.

Stitch an adorable little X right in the center of your soon-to-be fabric flower.

Next, take your last two remaining “big” circles and fold them in half and place them straight sides touching, on top of your already stitched pieces. Rotate this layer 90 degrees so the straight edges make an X.

Stitch another cute little X right through the center, and this time you’ll be going through all three “layers” of the flower.

Take your four little circles and fold them in half.

Take each piece and layer them so that half of each folded circle is covered by half of another. In the end, it should look something like this picture.

Pick up your layer of layered folded fabric circles and place them on top of what you already have started. Make sure the “intersection” of all the pieces are as close together as you can get them, then stitch yet another sweet stitch right through the middle, through all the layers. Make a couple X stitches if you like! Pull your thread tight enough so that the top layers start to fold in on themselves (just a little).

Flip over your flower and knot it off on the back to make sure it doesn’t fall apart later.

Flip it back over and voila! You have yourself one totally rad fabric flower! Ruffle it up if your layers are still sticking together, or just give it a little shake.

I whipped up a few of these and attached them to some simple t-shirts I picked up from Target for three lovely little ladies that reside in Iowa. I got them in the mail today! You like? I hope the girls like them! Now I need to make something for myself….

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather Lynne March 24, 2011 at 6:26 am

Cool! That looks do-able! :)


Katie March 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

Oh yeah! Very!! :)


Diane March 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Too cute! I have all sorts of flower directions saved-you’re right there are a million techniques! I like yours–looks simple and forgiving! I KNOW the 3 little ladies are going to jump for joy when they get your package!


Katie March 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

:) I just can’t seem to get enough of fabric flowers!!


Rachel Marlena March 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

I am so so SO impressed with this Katie — seriously! I have to pep-talk myself Rocky-style …over the course of about two weeks…just to sew a button onto an article of clothing. Seriously. So not only the fact that you made these but that you made multiples is incredible. They are BEAUTIFUL!


Katie March 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

Well thank ya’ ma’am! I love to be crafty whenever I can! πŸ˜€

And button sewing isn’t all that bad…have you ever hemmed jeans?! I’m always terrified that I’m going to cut one leg shorter than the other so it usually takes me measuring three times and debating whether or not to cut about ten times before I actually take a scissors to them. But, haven’t had a disaster yet though so I guess the my process words. lol


Mom July 4, 2011 at 8:10 am

I have a beautifully decorated top now – thanks to these sweet little flowers!
I will post a photo as soon as you show me how! πŸ˜‰


Melissa April 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

Just made my first one and it’s adorable! Thanks for such easy directions!!


Eileen December 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Wow! Lovely and easy to make.
Thank you for the tutorial.


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