Summer Flower Tutorial – Grow Your Own Hybrid in 5 Minutes…

Fabric Flower

Fabric flowers are one my favorite accessories. Put a flower on a t-shirt and voila, you’re ready to go out. Put one on a paper package or head band and it adds instant zing.

One day, while gathering fabric strips, I thought: “Wouldn’t these look interesting together?” I experimented, but wasn’t sure which combination would work best. They all looked great.  Then … ding, ding, ding…. I had it! They could be layered without being permanently fixed by using a button construction and elastic thread to make “flower petals”. Infinitely customizable.
One button, lots of “petals”, lots of flowers and no time….A perfect combination!

- fabric bits (cut on a bias into strips 0.5″ to 1.5″ inches wide, approx. 12″ long)
- buttons
- button hole thread
- thin elastic thread
- scrap of felt (1.5. inches diameter)
- scissors/rotary cutter
- needles
- safety pin

Flower Corsage Tutorial 1

Cut a piece of felt into a circle of 1.5 inches. Next step is to cut some fabric strips (0.5-1.5″ wide, 12″ long). Gather the strips like in the image below with a running stitch. Here’s the trick. Gather the strips with very thin elastic thread, and tie them close, but not too tight, so they can be pulled over the button.  They end up looking a bit like scrunchies or a fabric yoyo.

Flower Corsage Tutorial 2
Sew a button onto the felt piece. This will hold the “scrunchies” in place when you assemble the flower. Make sure to leave some space between the button and the felt piece, so the button can hold more than one gathered piece. You can layer the fabric rounds and make the flower as simple or complex as you want.

Flower Corsage Tutorial 3

Sew a safety pin on the bottom of the felt and you’re done. You can wear your pin with either one or two or more layers of gathered fabric circles. Did I mention that making one of these takes 5 minutes?

Flower Corsage

You can use strips of lace, recycled T-Shirt strips, burlap, liberty fabric, silk, ribbons, anything really. The thinner the fabric the easier it will gather, but experiment by all means.

They would definitely make a beautiful gift when you put the pin in a box with several little gathered strips for assembling and customizing. Put them on a hat. They’d make nice wedding favors. Little girl’s goody bags. Velvet ribbon ones for winter. Use them on a head band, bags, gloves, or wear them around your neck.

Fabric Flower

But, I’m sure you have a million ideas yourselves……

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14 Responses to “Summer Flower Tutorial – Grow Your Own Hybrid in 5 Minutes…”

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  1. Lauren says:

    Oh, this is just perfect! Too bad I don't have any elastic thread…

    Must brainstorm a way to get around this setback.

    A Curious Fox

  2. Kelly in Canada says:

    this is so pretty.
    ps…i am just so enjoying your blog and your ideas for a handstitched wardrobe create such a longing within me that i think i need to begin the process myself. i need to just start.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Best idea. Ever.

  4. Slipstitches says:

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I have everything on hand and will give it a go as one of my projects this week.

    Also I've just started a new segment on my blog I'd love to feature you:

  5. Tracey says:

    fabulous, might make one the these tonight!

  6. Tanya says:

    Love this idea. Just knew my friend at Slipstitches would too!

  7. Nancy Ward says:


    Wanted to let you know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

    Nancy Ward

  8. Emmaandmaha says:

    Beautiful way to reuse my scraps and dress up my hats and shirts! Thank you!:)

  9. Ginger says:

    Love this tutorial great job on it!
    Very clever.

  10. Cami says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I linked to your fabric flower tutorial on my blog, Art, Like Bread. The link is located in the August 14 post entitled "Fabric Bloom". Thanks for providing such a wonderful tutorial. Have a great day!


  11. Eliana says:

    oi!! amei esse tutorial e gostaria de postar no meu blog com a tradução em português…isso se vc autorizar,dando os créditos para seu blog ,é claro
    Espero resposta,venha me visitar

  12. annekata says:

    Hi Eliana,
    Thanks for asking. I usually hesitate to give permission to post an entire tutorial on another blog, but given the language barrier and that I have many readers whose primary language is Portuguese, I say, go ahead.
    Could you please send me the link, once it's up?

  13. Eliana says:

    Oi minha querida amiga,desculpe a demora em responder.
    Ando fazendo muita arte rsrsrs
    Hj naõ vai dar tempo de postar no meu blog,mas postarei sim,vou seguir vc
    Meu link

  14. Elizangela says:

    Amo flores em tecido! E esta está tão linda!!
    Obrigada por compartilhar o tutorial!

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