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Simple 5 Inch Fabric Flower Tutorial

I’ve been going a little crazy making these cute fabric flowers lately.  The flowers come together fairly quickly and go great on everything from clutches to hair accessories.

How to make fabric flowers

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5 Inch Fabric Flower Tutorial

I was working on a new dress for my missy and decided the dress needed some sort of contrasting embellishment at the top to tie in the rest of the fabric.  I played around with some of my scraps and decided a big fabric flower at the center of the bodice would be really cute.

(Keep your eye out for the dress tutorial next week.)

To make these flowers, you need to trace  and cut a scallop shape (I have linked to the shape for printing).  Everything else is done with a needle and thread and maybe a little glue if needed.
Are you ready to make a couple?

Here is what you need to make the 5 inch Fabric Flower:

  • Scrap fabric (about 23 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall for a 5 inch-ish flower- the tightness of the gather and stiffness of the fabric will affect total size.)
  • template
  • tiny piece of felt
  • marker, needle, thread, scissors (and glue if making a pin or hair accessory)


Print and cut out template.  Trace template on to the back of the fabric.  Keep moving the template over and draw at least 9 petals.  (For a slightly fuller flower, you could add one or two more petals.  I did 9 on the pink and teal flowered fabric.)

Cut out the pattern.

Use a needle and thread to sew a wide basting stitch along the bottom of the fabric edge.  (I tried it first on my machine, but the gathering was not a pretty)

Gather the fabric and sew the ends together to make the flower shape.  Add a few stitches through the center to secure the flower.

Sew on a button or other embellishment if desired

If you are using the flower as a pin or hair accessory, hand stitch (or use glue) a small circle of felt with glue to the back of the flower.

Since I plan to put the pink flower through the wash, I added a quick border stitch around the petals to keep the flower from fraying too much.

So cute!



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  1. I just found your great tutorial via Pinterest and added myself to your email list – thanks

    1. "Since I plan to put the pink flower through the wash, I added a quick border stitch around the petals to keep the flower from fraying too much." This worked pretty well.

  2. Love your flowers! Just wish I knew how to make the template smaller for the AG dolls lol. (me & math not on speaking terms lol)

  3. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  4. Super cute! Pinned. Thanks again for stopping by our party. I hope to see you tonight. Lou Lou Girls

  5. How easy and CUTE!!!!! I love this technique!!! I'm so making some!!!! Pining

  6. These are so pretty! I seen you over @ Pin Me Linky Party. I linked up some scrunchie hair tie. If you want I have a linkup party stop by and linkup a project. Have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thank goodness I don't need a sewing machine to make these cute fabric flowers! Pinning!

    Thanks for sharing at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!
    ~ Ashley

  8. Oooh, I like these! I've seen about a billion fabric flowers out there, but none like these!

  9. Adorable! I have so much fabric lying around, I will definitely try this. Thank you for the excellent tutorial.

  10. Cute Cute Cute,these are so darling,I can't sew well but this looks' so easy,Thanks' so much first time seen your blog sure is up lifting,Thank you,Cookie 17. Oppss ! put you in my Pin's………….

  11. I love fabric flowers, they are so versatile. I've never seen them made like this before – your tutorial is very clear , thanks