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Easy Gathered Fabric Flower Tutorial

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Make a super simple Gathered Fabric Flower in just a few minutes! All you need is a bit of fabric, a needle, and thread, and you will have the cutest flower accessory in no time flat.

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Gathered Fabric Flower

Do you love making flowers out of fabric?

If so, you’ll love how easy this simple gathered fabric flower tutorial is! In just a few easy steps, you’ll be able to create an adorable fabric flower that is perfect for adding a touch of color to any project.

Fabric flowers are one of the most popular craft items, and for a good reason—they’re pretty and so versatile! In today’s tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a simple gathered fabric flower. This flower can be used as a hair accessory, a pin, or even a brooch.  

So grab some fabric and get started today! (Be sure to check out the included video tutorial.)

Make different size Fabric Flowers

I enjoyed making various sizes of these flowers. But I found I preferred this gathered fabric flower to be made with a 2.5-inch strip of fabric. This size of flower is just so versatile and perfect for just about any use.

However, depending on your needs, you can make a smaller flower by starting with a smaller strip of fabric or a larger flower by using a larger strip. It is up to you.

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More fabric Flower tutorials

Fabric flowers are one of my favorite scrap-busting projects. They are so quick and easy to complete and perfect for using all those scraps. 

Materials needed to make the Gathered Fabric flower

  • 2.5 inches tall by 40 inches wide (wof) strip of fabric
  • needle and thread
  • optional glue and or button for the center of the flower

How to make a gathered flower

Step 1: Cut the fabric

Lay your strip of fabric out flat. Use a ruler and mark 12 inches from the left. Then, measure up one inch from the bottom on the right edge of the fabric strip and make a mark.fabric flower instructions

Use scissors or a rotary cutter and cut in a diagonal line, from mark to mark. how to make a gathered fabric flower

Using a needle and thread, hand stitch a long basting stitch along the bottom of the fabric strip.easy fabric flower tutorial

Step 2: Gather and twist the fabric

Pull on the thread to gather the strip tightly. Twist the fabric around several times to have 3 to 4 layers of “petals” for your gathered fabric flower.

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Step 3: Secure the fabric flower

Add a few stitches through the center of the flower to secure the twisted gathers in place.

Add a button to the center if desired.

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That’s it, and your flower is done. Now go make a few more!

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Easy Gathered Fabric Flower Tutorial

Easy Gathered Fabric Flower Tutorial
Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Materials

  • 2.5 inch tall by 40 inch wide strip of fabric
  • needle and thread
  • optional: button for center of flower

Instructions

Step 1: Cut the fabric

  1. Lay your strip of fabric out flat. Use a ruler and mark 12 inches from the left. Then, measure up one inch from the bottom on the right edge of the fabric strip and make a mark.
  2. Use scissors or a rotary cutter and cut in a diagonal line, from mark to mark.
  3. Using a needle and thread, hand stitch a long basting stitch along the bottom of the fabric strip.

Step 2: Gather and twist the fabric

  1. Pull on the thread to gather the strip tightly. Twist the fabric around several times so you have 3 to 4 layers of "petals."

Step 3: Secure the fabric flower

  1. Add a few stitches through the center of the flower to secure the twisted gathers in place.
  2. Add a button to the center if desired.
  3. That's it, and your flower is done. Now make a few more!

 

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3 Comments

  1. Trisachat says:

    How would you keep the fabric from fraying? Any suggestions?

    1. You could use pinking shears, do a lettuce edge/rolled hem with a serger, sew a straight stitch along the edge (It will fray but should stop at the stitch,) or just let it fray and keep the strings trimmed.