I think anyone can make these, but it helps if you have some sewing experience. They take about 30 minutes to make depending on your skill level.
Step 1: Materials
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Fabric (scraps work great for this project!)
- Cardstock (or something sturdy)
- Buttons, beads, or anything you can think to use for the center of your flower
- Hair pin of your choice (consider the size that you want your flower when choosing!)
Step 2: Cut fabric
For a flower with two (or more) colours, cut additional squares for each petal that are slightly larger/smaller than the original squares you cut. The larger squares will be the outer colour and the smaller ones will be the inner colour.
I haven't tried, but I imagine you could use more or less petals. Experiment and see what you like best! Also mixing and matching colours, alternating fabrics, etc. can make interesting flowers!
Step 3: Make petals
Next, fold the lose corners up to the second fold you made (see photos 3 and 4). Align the edges so they are equal. You should have a triangle now (photo 5).
Step 4: Sew petals
Cut off the extra, cutting close to the seam but not too close or it will fray and the stitches will fall out!
You should now have six triangles, one for each petal.
Step 5: Sew petals together
Repeat this process for each petal until you have a stack of all the petals. Half of the previous petal and half of the next petal.
Step 6: Sew the last two petals together
By following the same pattern in the previous step, sew the final two petals together. It's a bit tricky, but if you do a lose stitching and then gently but firmly tug on the thread when you're done, it should come together nicely in a circle and not be too flat.
If you fiddle around with it a bit and it should be more or less circular.
Step 7: Cut off the pointy bits
Repeat for each petal, making sure each one is cut about the same amount to get a flat bottom.
Step 8: Tidy up the bottom
Step 9: Puff out those petals!
Use your fingers to push down the middle fold of each petal as shown in photo 2. Squash the petals to the center (photo 3) to help them take form.
Fiddle about with it until the petals have taken a shape that work for you.
Step 10: Add the middle piece
I like to make sure that the button is held by at least one stitch per petal. It helps to make the button sit in the middle, and makes extra sure that it is secured.
Step 11: Make the bottom piece
Find something round that's about the size of the bottom of your flower. You can use bottles, coins, buttons, or a compass if you're feeling adventurous. Trace two circles onto the cardstock and cut them out. Glue them together to make an extra thick base.
Next cut a rough circle from fabric that is a bit bigger than your card circles. Glue the border down following photos 5 - 8.
Be careful not to get too much glue on your fingers so you don't get any on the nice part of your fabric!
Step 12: Attach the hair clip
Make a line of glue across the base of your flower for the hair clip. Think about how you want the alignment. If you use a clip with a spring handle thingie, think about how you could hide it best amongst the petals.
Step 13: Bonus: Leaves and alternative petals
Simarily to how you folded the petals, bring together the edges of the leaf. Trim the edges and sew together.
Poof! A pointy petal! Or a leaf! You decide!
Bonus bonus: Pop it inside out to get a puffier/rounder leaf that hides things better.