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How to make a fabric flower like my mom taught me + 10 ideas for using fabric flowers

Updated on June 3, 2013

Easy DIY Flowers

Making fabric flowers is a quick and easy craft. My mom taught me how to make them when I was younger and they are a fun way to dress up headbands, presents, and decorations. They are also a great way to use up old fabric scraps!

Materials for Fabric Flowers

  • Fabric (scraps are fine)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread

Step 1: Cutting the Fabric

Cut the fabric into a rectangle. The length of the rectangle will determine how many "petals" the flower will have.

Step 2: Sewing the Fabric

Thread your needle and start threading a straight stitch along the side of one edge of the fabric. When you reach the end, stitch along the adjacent end about an inch. Then, turn the fabric and do a straight stitch back. Once you reach the side you started from, make one stitch in the opposing direction and start the process over. You will make a U shape with the stitches (see picture).

Step 3: Pulling the Fabric

As you complete your U- shapes, start pulling at the thread to bunch up the fabric. The U's are pulling together to create the petals. It is easiest to pull up the thread as you go as opposed to waiting until all of your U's are complete.

Step 4: Completing your Flower

Once you've finished creating and pulling your U's your flower will have taken shape. Sometimes it is helpful to make a stitch to connect the starting end and finishing end of your fabric together to close any gaps.

The shape of your flower will change depending on the length of fabric, texture of fabric, and length of your stitches. Try some variations out and have fun!

Fabric Flower Flip Flop
Fabric Flower Flip Flop

10 Ideas for Using Fabric Flowers

Not sure where to put your new fabric flowers? Here are some ideas for items to dress up with your flowers.

  • Flip Flops: See Tutorial
  • Headbands- Include a fabric flower or two on an existing headband. Or, create your own headband by cutting some stretchy fabric or elastic to the size of your head and gluing or sewing the ends together.
  • Bags/Purses- Add a couple of fabric flowers to your purse or handbag to dress it up.
  • Belts- Fabric and elastic belts are a great place to include fabric flowers for an updated look.
  • Necklaces- Create a new necklace by adding fabric flowers to a beaded strand. Or, use a ribbon cut the length of your desired necklace and tie the ends at your neck. Attach fabric flowers for a fun look!
  • Shirts- Fabric flowers make great embellishments on plain t-shirts and tank tops. Designer versions can cost $40+ dollars in stores. Save big by making them at home!
  • Baby Shower Gifts- Dress up and personalize any baby shower gifts with cute fabric flowers.
  • Hair clips- Glue fabric flowers to an old, plain hair clip for an updated look.
  • Presents/Gifts- Add some fabric flowers to your wrapped presents for a dramatic effect.
  • Centerpieces- Create beautiful centerpieces by arranging fabric flowers in your color palette.


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your mom is clever, never waste those extra fabrics. Love your idea.

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      Thrifty Lady 5 years ago

      Thanks strongereveryday. I hope so :)

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      strongereveryday 5 years ago

      Your mom must be so proud of you!

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      Thrifty Lady 5 years ago

      Thank you for reading!

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      smarter4ever 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is so cool!