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Simple 5 Inch Fabric Flower Tutorial

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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!


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