DIY Wedding Challenge 2010: Fabric Flower
Do you ever find yourself coveting those lovely fabric flower hairpieces at J. Crew? Or maybe one of those beautiful ring pillows with fabric flowers on top that you see on Etsy? Or even a sweet little flower-adorned cardigan to cover up your shoulders on your wedding day?
Here’s a quick tutorial to show you how to make your own fabric flowers! The uses for these flowers are endless – attach a clip to one to put in your bridesmaids’ hair, string them together to create a cute garland for the pews, attach stems to create a fabric flower bouquet, or stick one on your clutch to match your wedding colors!
Fabric (anything works – from silk organza to your old bedsheets)
Thread (in a color that matches the fabric)
Large circular object (for tracing around)
Medium circular object(about ¼” – ½” smaller in diameter)
Small circular object (about 1” in diameter)
1. Trace the large circular object onto your fabric 9 times.
2. Trace the medium circular object onto your fabric 1 time.
3. Trace the small circular object onto your fabric 1 time.
4. Cut out all 11 circles.
5. Set small and medium circles aside. Take a large circle and fold it into quarters.
6. Place this quarter on top of another large circle.
7. Using a needle and thread, sew the tip of the fabric quarter onto the flat circle. Make sure you sew through all the layers.
8. Take 3 more large circles, fold them into quarters, and continue to lay them out onto the circle. To keep the flower perfectly balanced and proportional, make sure all the openings face the same direction. 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.
9. Fold another large circle into quarters. Place this directly on top of another quarter on the bottom layer, and angle it 90 degrees. Again, make sure the opening faces the same direction as the quarters on the bottom layer.
10. Sew the quarter onto the bottom layer.
11. Repeat this using 3 more of the large circles. This should form an entire top layer.
12. After the top layer has been completed, remember to sew between the quarters again.
13. Take the medium circle now and fold it in half.
14. Roll it up into a cone shape.
15. Place it flat against the top layer with the tip pointing toward the center. Sew the very tip into place. It should be able to stand upright when you are done.
16. 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.
17. Flip the flower over again and fluff it up!