Simple 5 Inch Fabric Flower Tutorial

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Learn how to make a 5-inch fabric flower with this easy step-by-step tutorial. This craft is perfect for making hair accessories, embellishing clothes, or adding a pop of color to any project.

How to make fabric flowers

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.

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. 

*Update: See the Tank Sundress Tutorial here.

Hand Sewn Fabric Flowers

These 5-inch Fabric flowers are a creative way to add a touch of color and flair to any outfit. The flowers can be used to accessorize a dress, adorn a hat, or decorate a purse. Even better, they are a great way to use up your fabric scraps! Such a quick and easy project that can be used in a wide range of scrap fabric projects.

Fabric flowers can also be given as gifts or made into jewelry. The possibilities are endless!  And because they are hand-sewn, each fabric flower is completely unique.

To make these flowers, all you’ll do is trace and cut a scallop shape, (I have linked to the printable flower template under supplies needed.) everything else is done with a needle and thread and maybe a little glue if needed.

More Quick and easy Scrap-Busting Projects

Are you ready to make a few of these flowers?

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 the total size.)
  • Flower Petal Template
  • Small piece of felt (optional – you will need this if adding a pin or clip.)
  • Marker, needle, thread, scissors (and glue if making a pin or hair accessory)


Print and cut out template.  

Trace the template onto 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 used 9 petals on the pink and teal flowered fabric.)

Cut out the pattern you drew.

Use a needle and thread to evenly sew a wide basting stitch along the bottom of the fabric edge.  (I did try basting on my machine, but the gathering just did not quit work. You need a longer, looser stitch to get the center of the flower to come together prettily. )

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.

Tip: 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!


Share Your Finished Project!

Please leave a star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating and/or a review in the comments section below. If you share an image on Instagram, be sure to tag me and use #scatteredmompatterns! You can also share an image to my private Facebook sewing group!

Don't miss any more posts!

Follow along on:

FeedlyBloglovin', your favorite feed reader, or signing up via email and have new posts delivered to your email box each week!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Melissa French - The More With Less Mom says:

    Ooh that blue fabric is so pretty. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Best of the Weekend Party!

  2. Camila Rojas says:

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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says:

    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

  5. kristi dominguez says:

    These are adorable, Jamie! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

  6. Stephanie Paxman says:

    These are adorable, and the fabrics are perfect! Pinned!

  7. Ursula Rosien says:

    Adore! And I don't need a sewing machine 😉 visiting from sugar bee crafts linky 😉
    come visit me 😉
    Ursula @ http://kraftmint.com

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

  9. Roopini V says:

    So cute 🙂 Will definitely try them 🙂

  10. Jennifer Johnson says:

    Love these!! I have so much fabric laying around I could use for this.

  11. Onellyantie Chuah says:

    Love these pretty flowers! They would make cute brooches

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

  13. Let's Talk About Me says:

    These are so cute! They also seem like quick projects and turn out so wonderfully!

  14. Canadian Carole says:

    Oh WOW!! these are stunning!

  15. sllvncookie@aol.com says:

    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………….

  16. Julia Nyanyo says:

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

  17. Crystal Nell says:

    These are so super cute!! Love them!! Pinned 🙂