Fabric flowers are the perfect craft to show off your own unique style and creativity. You can use them in many ways from room décor to wedding bouquets as well as on dresses and even in your hair! In this article, we’ll teach you how to make some cute fabric flowers!
First, we provide step by step instructions on how to make a basic fabric flower. Next, we'll show you how to make and adorable ribbon rose. And finally, we'll cap it all off with step by step instructions for a ribbon flower. We hope you follow along and enjoy!
Different Fabric Materials To Choose From
You have many choices when it comes to which fabric to use. For a thicker flower, you will want to use felt. For a light-weight flower, you can use simple cotton fabric or linen.
If you are making ribbon flowers, satin will have an elegant feel and chiffon will give that extra poof! Polyester is flexible to work with and will produce a classy, shiny effect.
Pro Tip: To avoid fraying when working with ribbon, keep a lighter nearby to sear the edges. Hot glue guns, sewing needles, and lighters should be handled with extreme care when creating fabric or ribbon flowers. You can choose to use a hot glue gun or go the sewing route; both allow for flexible and fun designs.
How To Make A Fabric Flower
Step One: Cut the Fabric and Thread the Needle
Carefully cut your fabric in a 6”x18 rectangle. This is going to be a larger flower. You can adjust your measurements based on the ultimate size and purpose of your flower.
Fold the edges together hot dog style. Sear any loose threads with a lighter. Thread your needle and start to sew the long edges together. Sew all the way down in a straight line.
Step Two: Form the Flower Shape with the Sewn Fabric
Once you have sewn all the way down the edge, pull the thread taut. This pulling motion will bunch up the fabric into a circle thus creating your flower blossom.
Tie your thread off in a secure knot so the flower does not come undone. Cut any excess thread. You now have your flower!
Step Three: Add Special Décor
Here you can spruce up your flower any way you would like. Using a hot glue gun, add a button in the middle or any type of jewel or rhinestone. You can also add extra fabric or bedazzle the entire flower!
Tips And Tricks For A Basic Fabric Flower
- When sewing, do not worry if your stitch goes askew to the side a bit. The stitch will not be noticeable in the final product.
- The taut stitch is enough to keep the flower together, but feel free to glue down the overlapping petal for extra security.
- When working with fabric flowers, hot gluing and sewing can be interchangeable. Depending on the fold of the fabric and the effect you want, one will work more favorably than the other. You might work more comfortably with one medium over the other, and that is totally okay.
How To Make a Ribbon Rose
Step One: Start the Triangle Folding Pattern with the Ribbon
Cut 36” length of ribbon. I used ribbon with a 1 ¾” width for this specific rose. After cutting your ribbon, take one end and fold two smaller triangles into one.
Start by bending in the outside corner, and bend the rest of the ribbon so that a triangle is parallel to the first one.
You now have your first triangle. Hot glue the ribbon so that the triangle stays without having to hold it.
Step Two: Continue the Triangle Pattern
Now that you have your first triangle, you will continue making triangle after triangle down the entire ribbon. Remember to glue each triangle down, carefully allowing the glue to cool down as you go along.
As you go along, you will notice the triangles naturally wanting to wrap around each other. Do not wrap them just yet. This is a good sign that you are creating the right pattern!
Make your way all the way to the end of the ribbon for the last triangle.
Step Three: Wrap Up the Triangles to Form the Rose
After completing the final triangle, go back to the opposite end of the ribbon and start folding the triangles into each other. You can think of the first triangle as the rose bud and the rest of the ribbon forming the rose petals around it. Glue as needed while you are folding the triangles.
You now have your rose! As you form the rose, you might pull some triangles up while pushing others down. This will add a natural dimension to your rose. Fun Fact: this rose does not have any thorns!
How To Make A Ribbon Flower
Step One: Cut Strips of Ribbon and Fold the Petals
For this craft, you can use any width of ribbon. I am using a one-inch wide ribbon. Cut five strips of ribbon, each strip measuring eight centimeters long. You will want to sear any rough edges on the ribbon.
Halfway down each strip, fold the ribbon over creating a triangle (that familiar shape!) where the ribbon overlaps. Then fold back onto the triangle creating the shape of a little house with a roof. You now have your petals.
Step Two: Stitching the Petals Together
Starting with one petal, stitch the two sides of the ribbon together by sewing on the bottom of the house shape. You will notice one side of the petal has the pocket for the triangle at the top, this will be the backside of the flower petal.
Continuing with the same needle and thread, stitch on to the next petal and so forth until all five petals are on the thread.
Next, pull the thread so that the five petals bunch up forming the flower shape. This is similar to the thread pull we did in the first fabric flower.
Once you have your flower shape, tie the knot off on the back side of the flower and cut any excess thread.
Step Three: Add the Finishing Touches
Top it off by hot gluing a button or rhinestone in the middle. Voila, your fabric flower is ready!
How do you make fabric hair flowers?
Make your fabric flower as you usually would. On the back, hot glue a barrette or hair clip. There are a variety of sizes of hair accessories to fit the size of the flower you make.
How do you make fabric flowers for dresses?
Make your fabric flower as you usually would by following the instructions in this article. Once you’ve made the flower, hot glue a brooch pin to the back of the flower. For care, remember to remove the flower to hand wash while washing and drying clothing.