Introduction: DIY Fabric Flowers
These DIY Fabric Flowers are great for everything from adding a pop of color to a room in your home, to decorating for your wedding day. I am personally making a very large number of these for my wedding coming up. Very exciting! Once you get the hang of them, each flower only takes about 5-10 minutes to make, and can really save you money on buying regular real or fake flowers.
What you'll need:
Fabric or your choice, both color and texture
Round shape for tracing (I used a small plastic cup)
Matching or complimentary color thread
That's it! Pretty simple, let's get started.
Step 1: Cut the Circles
The first thing you will need is 11 circles that are all the same size. I had to make several flowers before I found the right size for the specific heavy fabric I used, which was 2" wide. Depending on your fabric, it may look better to be slightly smaller or slightly larger. Using different fabrics and different sizes can add very nice variety for a bouquet or even a table setting.
When cutting your 11 circles, they do not have to be perfectly round. In fact, being slightly jagged on the edges makes it look even more like a flower! So don't sweat it if it's not perfect.
Step 2: Petals First Layer
For the first set of petals, you will take one circle and lay it down flat. This will be the base that everything is going to be sewn onto. Take your second circle and fold it in half, then fold it in half again. Now you have a quarter circle. lay that quarter down on the first circle and sew the very tip of the quarter to the first circle. You don't want this to be too tight or sew it very many times. It needs to be able to move and pouf up. One stitch will do it, as shown in the picture. Continue to fold the next three circles into quarters and attach them to your base, completing the first full set of petals. When attaching these petals, you will want to make sure that the fold is facing the same direction all the way around. This isn't necessary but looks a lot better when completed.
Step 3: Petals Second Layer
The second round of petals is very similar to the first. Fold the first of four circles into a quarter circle. Then attach it to the first round of petals, but this time, you want to attach it at a 45 degree angle, overlapping the first set of petals. Continue to attach these at 45 degree angles around, completing the second round of petals.
Step 4: Top Petals
The next to last circle, fold in half, then roll this up into a cone. Lay the cone on it's side on top of the second set of petals. Attach the cone at the very tip with one stitch and lay the cone to one side. Fold the last circle into a cone as well, and attach it to the second set of petals with one stitch at the tip. once both of these are attached, let them unfurl a bit. Manually attempt to intertwine the two cones to make a circle shape at the top of the flower. Once they are curled around one another, pinch the sides of them together, and run a stitch through the bottom of the both of them to keep them encircled. This part takes a while to get used to but once you figure it out it's pretty simple. The idea is to get the very flower looking entwined circle at the top.
Step 5: Floof
Now just floof up your flower a bit and you are done. These are great for attaching to headbands, or hotglueing to decoration items to spruce them up. I'm making both white and blue flowers for our wedding and they compliment each other so well!
Let me know if you have any questions, hope you enjoyed the intructable.