You can make this! Fabric Flower Tutorial

fabric-flower-tut-1Maybe you saw my post about the fabric flowers I made. If you want to make some, too, here’s a tutorial. A sewing machine can be helpful  but is not necessarily needed.

You need:fabric-flower-tut-2

  • Two kinds of fabric that go well together ( you can use every kind of fabric, for this one I used cotton fabric and needlecord, but jersey for example works well, too)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Something round like a cup, twice as much in diameter than the finished inner part of the flower (I used a glass with about 5 cm in diameter)
  • Ruler
  • Optional: a little bit of stuffing
  • Not pictured: iron
  1. Before cutting the pieces, remember to add about 0,5 cm of seam allowance to the size you want the finished pieces to be. Cut a stripe of the fabric you want to use for the outer part. Mine was about 6 cm x 40 cm plus seam allowance, but you can adjust the size to your like. Use the cup or whatever you’ve got and tailor’s chalk to draw a circle onto the fabric you want to use for the inner part. Cut out.fabric-flower-tut-4
  2. Turn the seam allowance down to the wrong side (the “ugly” side of the fabric) and press.fabric-flower-tut-5
  3. Fold the stripe lengthwise in half, press.fabric-flower-tut-6
  4. Sew along both the long sides of the stripe, either using needle and thread or a sewing machine. If you use a sewing machine, set a straight stitch that is a little bit longer than the stitch you set for usual seams. If you work with needle and thread just do a running stitch. Whatever method you choose, it’s important not to secure or knot the ends of the thread and not to cut the ends too short! fabric-flower-tut-7
  5. Carefully pull the under thread to gather the fabric at one of the long sides. Pull at both ends until the fabric is gathered as much as possible, than knot the under thread and the upper thread on both ends together. Don’t yet cut the ends!fabric-flower-tut-8
  6. Repeat at the other long side, but don’t gather the fabric as much as before, just a little bit.
  7. Arrange the stripe into a spiral to form the outer part of the flower.fabric-flower-tut-9
  8. Press the seam allowance of the fabric circle into the wrong side of the fabric.
  9. Sew along the outer edge of the circle, using the same stitch as described before. Again, dont knot, secure or cut the ends.fabric-flower-tut-10
  10. Start to gather the fabric as described before. When the fabric is forming a little pouch, add the stuffing if you have some. If you don’t, just continue.
  11. Continue gathering as much as possible. Knot both the upper threads and both the under threads together.fabric-flower-tut-12
  12. Secure the spiral you formed before with a few stitches, using the ends of the thread you didn’t cut before.
  13. Sew the little ball forming the inner part of the flower into the middle of the spiral, the gathered part facing down.
  14. Cut all threads and you’re done!fabric-flower-tut-13

You could sew the flowers onto a headband, onto a shirt, add a pin…the possibilities are endless!
If you have any questions or tips, let me know! What would you use the flowers for?

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