Tutorial: Fabric Flower and Template

by Sam

in Tutorials

We’ve all seen this fun fabric flowers all over the internet lately.  There are a bunch of different ways to make them, but I’ve found that a simple template is the easiest way, and gives you the most consistently pretty petals for your flowers.  Make these flowers using any type of fabric you have on hand to get different results.

Tools:

Fabric Flower Template
Scissors

Materials:

Fabric of choice
Needle and Thread
Cardstock (to print template onto)

To start, gather your materials and print out the template onto cardstock. Cut out one of the templates (there are 6 included in the PDF) around the edge of the flower shape.  The template makes fabric flowers about 1.5″ in diameter.  Feel free to blow up or shrink the template to create different sized flowers.

To prepare your template, cut along the line to the center of the flower as shown.

Next, fold the template in half and fan fold it back and forth.

While still folded, snip off the tip of the template as shown in the photo.  This will be the shape of your template when it is folded up.

When it’s unfolded it will look like this.I used a heavy satin fabric for this project that I found in the remnants bin at my local fabric store.  Remnants are perfect for this project so take a look and see what you can find.  Cut your fabric into squares, keeping in mind that they do not have to be perfect.  My squares about about 2.5″ x 2.5″ and I used 8 for one flower.  You can use more for more full flowers.  My fabric was fairly thick so I didn’t need many.  I’ve used sheer fabric for this projects as well and used 15 squares, so use your judgment based on what fabric you are using.

Fold one of your squares in half and slip into into the folded template.  Note that the slit in the template is on the left in the photo, in line with the fold in the fabric.

With the fabric inside your template, fan fold it again.

Cut along the edge of the template, cutting off the excess fabric and forming the petals.  This does not have to be perfect, you just want the general shape of the petals.

With your fabric still in the template, thread your needle through the tip of the fabric just above the template.

Slip off the template and you have your first set of petals for your flower.  The fabric may become unfolded while on the thread, since it’s not being held by the template anymore, this is ok.  Once you have all the pieces together they will squish back into the right shape.

Thread 7 (or as many as you want) more fabric pieces onto your thread.

Once you have the fullness of the flower you would like, tie the ends of the thread in a knot and snip off the ends.  This is what the underside of your flower will look like.

And this is what it will look like from the top.  Since the bottom is flat you can now glue or sew it into anything you would like.  Next week I’ll show you how to use felt to make an interchangeable headband with these flowers, so be sure to check back next week for more!

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1 marketta December 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

satin flower

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2 Louise Richards May 13, 2013 at 5:20 am

Oh I was sooo pleased to find this easy pattern. I am 70 and enjoy making things like shopping bags and aprons but I like to give them a wow factor to finish. The aprons are unusual but people love them.
Thank you so much all the way from Cape Town, South Africa

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