This simple tutorial will show you how to create fabric flowers using only a simple hand stitch, no sewing machine required. (Though you can certainly use one if you have one). If you’re a crafter/sewer that has a large bag of fabric scraps, this is a great project to put those scraps to use.
Materials: Needle, thread, fabric, circle pattern (a circle 5 inches across will make a flower 3 inches across, which should be the right size for a small adult pin, or for a child’s hair accessory), self button/decorative button/rhinestone, marker, scissors, hair or pin accessory (optional).
How much fabric do you need? Usually 1/8 of a yard is the smallest cut a fabric store will sell. 1/8 of a yard should give you at least two of these small flowers shown in the pictures below.
Step One: Trace three circles onto your fabric, then cut out
Step Two: Cut circles in half
Step Three: Take a circle half, and fold it in half again, right sides together, and stitch the straight side together
Step Four: Turn this circle quarter right side out, and you should have a small fabric tee pee. Do steps #3 and #4 on four more circle halves, until you have five fabric tee pees
Step Five: Take one tee pee and fold in in half, so that the seam goes down the middle back of the petal
Step Six: Sew an alternating single stitch along the bottom curved part of the petal,
Step Seven: Repeat steps #5 and #6 for the remaining four petals. Make sure all the back seams are facing the same way.
Step Eight: Pull the thread tight, so the petals are gathered tightly, and knot the end. Sew the two ends together, so the petals form a flower. The petals should curve slightly inward.
Step Nine: Sew a button in the center of the flower.
Step Ten: Add a pin or hair clip to the back. I make a couple of stitches attaching the pin/clip to the flower, then secure with hot glue. Then I add a small felt circle to cover up the stitches and hot glue. A quarter is usually the right size to trace around on the felt.
Once you feel comfortable making these flowers, you can layer two or three together, make them from satin and chiffon for wedding accessories, sew two or three to a headband for a baby girl gift, or put them on lampshades or curtain tie backs.