I love fabric flowers as a finishing touch handmade items - hats, sashes, clutches, and more. They add a splash of contrast and a point of interest that really makes a garment look like a million bucks. I'd like to share with you how to make the fabric flower featured on one of the Tie Dye Diva Perfect Party Dress pattern samples (complete instructions are also in the pattern).
Tie Dye Diva's Layered fabric flower tutorial
Fabric strip 2” x 8” for inner layer
Fabric strip 3” x 10” for outer layer
Button at least ½” diameter for center
Hand needle and thread
This tutorial makes a flower about 3.5" in diameter. For a larger flower, you can increase the width of the strips - the diameter of the flower will be very roughly the width of your larger strip. For a smaller, simple flower, use only the smaller strip and make the flower one layer.
Cut the strips in the materials list. Press the
longer strip in half lengthwise to make a crease and unfold.
fold the strip widthwise with right sides together and sew along the short
edges using a ¼” seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”.
Turn your seam
to the inside and refold along the center line you pressed, so that you have a
long narrow loop. Hand-sew a running
stitch along the raw edges of the loop, through both layers – in and out,
without backstitching. While you can machine-sew this step, I find hand sewing
allows you to pull the center of the flower tighter for a prettier and more
finished look. Sew all the way around.
the thread to gather the fabric tightly and tie them off to secure the gathers.
with the shorter strip, using a long (about 24”) length of thread. After tying
the final knot off, do not cut the thread. Layer the button, the smaller layer,
and the larger layer. Use the thread tail to sew the button to the center, then
to secure the flower layers together, and then to secure the pin back to the
flower (you could also hot-glue the pin back).
is the important part of sewing on the pin back. Don’t center the pin back on
the flower – it will result in a floppy, face-down flower. Instead, decide
which is the top of your flower and affix the pin closer to the top of the
pin into place with the pin at the top of the flower, and remove for easy
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