Five Petal Fabric Flowers

In this post I am going to show you how to make two different versions of a Five Petal Flower using tulle and ribbon, but this method can be used to create flowers out of fabric as well.  The supplies are pretty basic – needle, thread, and scissors.  Technically, I suppose you’d have to call it sewing, but honestly, if you can thread a needle then you can make these flowers!

So let’s get started!

Five Petal Flower #1

For this version, I used a  roll of tulle ribbon like this.  You can find it at most craft and hobby stores and it’s really inexpensive.

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1.  Cut five squares of tulle and fold them in half on the diagonal.  (For this particular flower I made my square six inches, but you can make them any size you prefer.)  Using a heavy-duty, double thread, sew a simple running stitch along the two open edges.

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2.  Pull thread tight to gather, and without cutting the thread, continue stitching and gathering the rest of the diagonally folded tulle pieces.

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3.  Once all five pieces are gathered, shape the petals into a circle.  Continuing to gather tightly, bring the center together and stitch the center closed.

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4.  Open the petals, lay flat, and (technical term here) pouf the petals out a bit.  Dig around in your button box and find a cute button for the center and stitch in place. (A big funky jewel would be cute too!)

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Here is the final tulle flower.

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This is a flower I made out of a scrap of Kelsey’s school uniform plaid (I went to the uniform store and just asked for a scrap.) I used the exact same process as the tulle flower except used fabric squares instead.

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I also added a little circle of tulle on top to give it a little extra flair.

Five Petal Flower #2

This flower is very similar to the previous version, but it starts out with circles rather than squares.  For this flower I used a jumbo roll of wide ribbon.

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1. Cut out five circles of ribbon or fabric. (As you can see, a camera lens cap makes a fabulous circle template!) Next, start folding one circle in half and then in half again. With a double strand of heavy-duty thread, sew a short running stitch across the open edge.

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2. Next, pull the thread tightly to gather, and without cutting the thread, repeat the process with the other four circles. Holding the thread tight, gather all five petals into a circle and stitch the center closed. Cover the center with a button or gem.

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Here is the final product.

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How cute is that!

And see, it wasn’t all that hard – just a few simple stitches and voila.  You can do this!

Happy Flower-making!  Kelly

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Hi there! My name is Kelly. I am a wife, mom, and mess-maker extraordinaire. Welcome to my not-so-empty nest.
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2 Responses to Five Petal Fabric Flowers

  1. Sweetaisha says:

    I love the fabric and tulle flower. Thanks for the idea

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