Monday, February 1, 2010

Tuesday's Tute: How to make a fabric flower!

I got this flower idea from a similar project in a scrapbook blog. Their's was made with paper and brads, our's with fabric, thread, and a button. We made our flower into a hair clip, but it could be a pin, pony, a detail to add to a piece of clothing, or even cute on a card.
I'll give you directions for the flower, then options for a pin or hair clip. You can add variations from there.
Fabrics (at least six 4" squares)
Button ($5 by the bag at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section)
Hair Clip and Ribbon or Blank pin
Thread and scissors or cutter
Hot glue (optional)
1. Choose six pieces of fabric. We used six different prints. Cut out six 4" circles. We had some extra fun and used our new Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut all six circles at one time.
**To cut fabric on a Cricut (nutshell version): spray fabric with spray starch, iron to stiffen. Lay fabrics on cutting mat. Tape down well with painters tape. Tape should cover at least 1/2" of all 4 sides of each square. It's ok if the cutter cuts through the tape. Cut circles. Remove from mat, and remove tape.
2. Stack fabric circles on top of one another.
3. Sew a button into the middle of the circle stack.
4. Make spoke like cuts, through all layers, from the outter edge toward the button to create the petals.
5. Scrunch up petals and fluff flower.

Hair Clip: With hot glue gun, cover alligator clip with a coordinating ribbon. Glue or sew on flower.
Pin: Sew or glue a metal pin to the back of the flower. You can get crafting pins in the craft section of your nearest craft/big box store.

We've also cut out some hearts and flowers to make other hair clips. We used felt for these clips. Cutting with our Cricut and software is quick, precise, and so much fun.

Happy Sewing!
PS. If you happen to have a Cricut and are interested in Sure Cuts A Lot software instead of buying cartridges. Because I'm an affiliate, you can get it here by clicking the link in the left margin. It's about $75 and enables you to cut anything you want. There are thousands of free svg files online, or make your own.


  1. Very cute and easy to follow directions. I think I'm going to go try it right now.

  2. Thank you SOOOO much for posting a tutorial on this! I've been searching the internet FOREVER to figure out how to make these! Thank you!!!


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