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How-To: Fabric flowers


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By Heather Berry

Folded fabric flowers make pretty accents as hair clips, gift box toppers and clothing. Fabric flowers are simple to create and make good use of scrap material . The hardest thing about making fabric flowers is forcing yourself to stop.

Step 1

Lay your fabric on a flat surface with the front side facing down. Measure and mark 7 squares measuring 4 inches long by 4 inches wide. Measure and mark 7 more squares 3 inches long by 3 inches wide. Cut these 14 fabric squares to size.

Step 2

Lay one larger square flat in front of you. Turn the square so it looks like a diamond with one point facing towards you. Fold the square, diagonally, in half, creating a sideways triangle. Keep the fold on your left.

Step 3

Lift the bottom point of your triangle (the point facing you) and fold it over to meet the top point (facing away from you). You should have a smaller triangle when finished with the folded side facing you.

Step 4

Adjust your triangle so the fold is on your right side. Bring the left point of the triangle over until it touches the triangle’s right point. Flip the triangle over and do the same with the right point. The fold is similar to making a paper airplane. If correct, you have created another triangle with flaps on either side.

Step 5

One edge of your triangle has thick, rough edges. Lay the triangle flat in front of you with this rough-edged side on the bottom right. One point of the triangle should be facing you with the other two points on the left and right. Sew one or two stitches in the triangle point on the upper right. Stitch through all the layers with a few secure stitches and knot the thread.

Step 6

Cut the tip off the triangle point which is facing you. Turn your creation so the stitches are facing you and pull the left and right sides out a bit. You have one petal. Repeat Steps 1 through 6 for each of the other 13 fabric squares.

Step 7

With your flower petals complete, run a threaded needle through the already sewn points on each petal. Create a garland of petals. Carefully pull the thread tightly to gather the large petals into a flower. Knot the thread tightly. Repeat this step with the smaller flower petals.

Step 8

Glue or sew the smaller flower onto the larger flower. Sew one button in the center of the top, smaller flower. If you are making a brooch or hair barrette, hot glue the pin or clip onto the back center of the larger flower.


  • Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need

  • 3/4 yard lightweight cotton or silk fabric
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s pencil or chalk
  • Scissors
  • Needle and matching thread
  • 1 button
  • Hot glue gun (optional)


  • fabric flowers
  • sewn flowers
  • folded fabric