Do It Yourself – Fabric Flowers

The fabric flowers you see all over hairpieces and other wedding attire can be absolutely gorgeous.  If you are crafty and have some basic sewing skills you can make them yourself.  This can be a bit time consuming so you will want to start well in advance of your wedding or get some help.

Here are some simple instructions for do it yourself fabric flowers.

What you will need:

  • Fabric – You can use almost anything here.  You can buy the finest silk organza or cut some old curtains that happen to fit your color scheme.  Try a mix of both!  Your imagination is your only limit.
  • Needles
  • Thread – Make sure the colors of the thread you are using, matches the color of the fabrics you have chosen.
  • Large circular object – This is for tracing the largest fabric circles that will be used in your flowers.  Choose something that is just a hair larger than you want the finished flowers to be.
  • Medium circular object – You will want this to be anywhere from one quarter to one half inch (¼ to ½ in) smaller than the object you are using as your large tracer.
  • Small circular object – For all but the largest flowers, this should be about one inch in diameter.  You will use it to cover your stitches on the back of your flower.
  • Scissors – Choose a good pair of scissors that will cut your chosen fabric easily.

Making Your Flowers:

Step #1: Trace the large circular object onto your fabric nine times.

Step #2:  Trace the medium circular object onto your fabric one time.

Step #3: Trace the small circle onto your fabric one time.

Step #4: Cut out all eleven circles.

Step #5:   Set the small and medium circles aside.  Take a large circle and fold it into quarters.

Step #6: Place this quarter on top of another large circle.  You want the point of the folded circle to touch the center of the other large circle.

Step #7: Using a needle and thread, sew the tip of the folded circle onto the center of the flat circle.  Be sure to sew though all of the layers and keep your stitches in the center.

Step #8: Take 3 more large circles, fold them into quarters, and continue to lay them out onto the circle.  Make sure all the openings face the same direction.  This will keep your flowers balanced and proportional.  Sew each quarter as you lay it down. After all 4 quarters have been laid out and sewn, sew a couple times between the quarters to connect them together.  Don’t over sew them because you will want to fluff out the sections later.

Step #9: Fold another large circle into quarters. Place this directly on top of another quarter on the bottom layer, and angle it 90 degrees.  One half of the quarter will be on one quarter on the lower layer and the other will be on the quarter you have sewn next to it.  Again, make sure the opening faces the same direction as the quarters on the bottom layer.

Step #10: Sew the quarter on top onto the bottom layer.  Again, be sure to sew through all of the layers and keep your stitches centered.

Step #11: Repeat steps nine and ten using three more of the large circles.  Be sure to put a few stitches between the quarters to keep them close together.  This should form an entire top layer.

Step #12: Take the medium circle and fold it in half.  Roll this into a cone shape.  This will form the center of your flower.

Step #13: Place the cone flat against the top layer of the flower you have made with the tip touching the center.  Sew just the very tip into place.  It should be able to stand upright when you are done sewing.

Step #14: Flip the flower over. Take the smallest circle fabric and sew it onto the back to cover up your stitches. If you are attaching a hair clip or headband to the flower, put it between the flower and the small circle fabric. Sew the circle into place with the hair clip headband sandwiched inside it. 

Step #15: Flip the flower again to gently separate the layers and fluff the flower making it look full.

Tips:

  • There is no need to buy stencils, you can use any household objects that you have handy in the right sizes.  You can make your own stencils using craft board and a compass or buy pre cut circles form your local craft store to use.
  • Try using tracers of all different sizes to vary the size of your flowers.  Just be sure to choose
  • them in sets of three so the sections of the flowers will all be proportionate to each other.
  • Just like many do it yourself projects this one can save you lots of cash but you pay for it in the time it takes you to complete the project.  Keep this in mind when deciding whether you want to make your own flowers and how many you want to try to complete.  Start well in advance and buy just enough supplies to do a few flowers so you can get a good idea of the work involved before taking on the project.
  • Consider doing the flowers in stages.  Do the first few layers (Up to and including step #11) of an entire group of flowers then go back and complete the centers (steps #12 and #13).  Go back a second time to hide your stitches (step #14).  Then start affixing your flowers to hair pieces, cardigans or whatever you have made them to adorn.
  • If you haven’t decided what you are doing with all of your flowers and later decide to attach them to a headband or hair clip there is no need to resew new flowers or remove the backings. Just take a strip of the same fabric and sew another backing onto the flower with the headband or hair clip in between the flower and the backing.
  • Experiment with different sizes or combine two or more colors into one flower for a unique look that is all your own.  Attach floral stems to large flowers to make your own throwaway bouquet.  Have fun with your project and get creative.  Try all your ideas at least once you never know which one may be picture perfect.
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