How to Make Fabric Flowers

By: Laura D’Angelico

Have you ever finished a sewing project and had left over fabric that you just do not want to toss in the trash? Wondered what you could do with the left over fabric, besides making a quilt? Well you may want to consider making a bouquet of fabric flowers like these.

           

They are very easy to make, look great and are “so SASsy“.

First you will cut your fabric into circles (like shown below). Cut to a size about twice as large as you want your flowers to be. I used circles that ranged in size from 6 to 12 inches in diameter. It looks best if you use different sizes & colors of fabric.  Next you will thread a needle with plenty of thread (like 2 times as long as the diameter of your circle). Tie a knot at the end big enough so that it will not pull through the fabric. Now you will weave the needle & thread from back side of circle to front using long stitches (about 1/2 inch long) all the way around your circle about 3/8 inch in from outer edge. You may want to lightly draw a guideline to help you stay at a consistent distance from the edge. See image below.

Once you are all the way around you simply pull on the thread and the circle will begin to close up. Before you close it you will want to stuff it with fiber fill, scraps of fabric, old nylons or whatever works for you. Once you stuff it to your liking then you pull the thread tight and tie it so it stays closed. See below image of gather fabric closure. Use embroidery thread or multiple strands of regular thread to define the pedals. Make as many pedals as it takes to get a look you like. Add a button or other material in the center if desired.

Next you will make the leaves. To do this green fabric is best but anything goes. It is all up to what you want. Once you have decided on the fabric fold it and cut out a leaf shape. Picture below shows the cut out leaf.

To make your flower stem use a coat hanger. Unwind & straighten the hanger as you would to toast a marshmallow over a campfire. Using a wire cutter cut the hanger to the desired length plus about 2 or 3 inches. The extra few inches will work like the roots to help your flower stand up.

Now fold your leaves over the hanger and secure it using glue. I gave the leaves a little extra character by using a needle & thread to ‘draw’ veins on them. The veins (shown below) are optional.

To finish your project find a container to display your flowers in. Cut some floral foam to fit snuggly in your container and press into place. Put your flower onto your stem by inserting the hanger into the gathered fabric closure and place by stabbing the ‘roots’ into the foam.All done. I hope you enjoy your fabric flowers. : )Take care, hope to see or hear from you soon.Laura : )

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