Saturday, April 6, 2019

EASY Fabric Flowers

When making a collar for a friend's dog, I wanted to add a fabric flower.  After playing around with some different ideas, I came up with this simple method.

Here's what you'll need:

Cotton fabric (To make 8 flowers I used 6 pieces of fabric, each 1/8 yard)
Pinking Shears (probably NOT a must but you'll get more fraying . . . which is what you want, with pinked edges)
Fabric scissors
Two sizes of circle patterns

You can use one fabric or several.  Find something for your pattern.  I used this plastic container's TOP edge for the larger circles and the BOTTOM edge for the smaller ones.  You can make these as big as you want though.  Cut 7-8 large and 7-8 small in any combination of fabrics. Layer your large pieces and then top with your small pieces.

I have to say that this part is a bit tedious with all the cutting so you definitely need sharp pinking shears or fabric scissors.  I just sat and watched a movie while I cut!

I have to say that I spent too much time making sure the pieces were in a repeating pattern.  Once the flowers are finished, I don't think it really shows or matters that the patterns were in a certain order.  Once you have your circles stacked (7-8 large topped with 7-8 small), stitch through all pieces in the center.

Now the fun part.  Wet each flower and crumple, crunch and smoosh into balls then . . . toss in the dryer.  They will come out like the center picture with frayed edges.  Next, dampen them (don't soak them this time or they'll take days to dry).  Gather them up and rubber band as shown in last picture.  Let them sit out to dry (overnight).

The next morning you can unwrap them and this is what you'll have!  I scrunched and wadded them up and peeled back each 'petal', fluffed and scrunched a bit more.

Just play around with them until you are satisfied with the look and amount of fraying.

I just placed these around my different Easter vignettes for a pop of color and softness.

I'm thinking these would make pretty hair accessories for a little (or big girl!) or a brooch.  I'm thinking of making some for a summer robe I'm making.  Lots of possibilities.

We are finally enjoying REAL springtime here in the Midwest! Hoping it's the same wherever you are!


  1. These are so cute! I bet they'd look pretty on a wreath, too. So many possibilities.

  2. These are so fun and pretty Lauren. I agree they would make cute hair accessories or even on a jacket as a brooch. I am so happy we are seeing these nice temps. Yesterday was so wonderful. I could not love having the windows open enough. Let's hope after this coming week we will start to see days like yesterday on a more permanent basis. Happy Sunday.

  3. Beautiful flowers! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  4. Very cute!

    A week ago, we had snow. The other day, I noticed a few green shoots in my garden. Hooray!

  5. These are adorable, Lauren...and I bet they were just darling on that dog collar too! So glad you are finally getting some spring! Hugs!

  6. I love your flowers! The colors you chose are so Easter-y and pretty. Not much Spring or Easter decorating going on here yet, but I did put two bunnies out!

  7. Just darling. I made a similar flower at the Texas Library Conference last year with book pages. Need to make another so I don't forget how. I think your flowers and mine would be cute together. And both would make adorable brooches on coats and collars.

    1. Thank you! I love working with book pages too! I'll bet these WOULD look great paired with book page flowers! Thank you for your visit.

  8. Oh, how pretty! I LOVE these! The colors you put together are just so pretty. Your gifts never cease to amaze me, my friend. Thank you for being such a special blessing in my life!

  9. I love that tattered look . These would look especially nice as hair bobbles, like for pony tails.You're just full of great ideas girl. I just might teach my Grand-daughter how to do this.Thanks and ENJOY your week, Sweet Lady. ...Hugs

    1. Thank you - yes, these WOULD be a fun project for kids to do!

  10. So many uses for these!! Would look great added to a tote bag or purse too. I like this one Lauren!

  11. ahhh...these fabric flowers are sooo awesome...I love them.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my mantel....xoxo

  12. These fabric flowers are so cute, Lauren. You did a nice job making them. The turquoise and pink colors are just right for Spring.

    Happy Easter to you.


    ps.....I have to ask you, how did you get the black and white photo to turn out that way with the colored flowers? It's lovely.


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