Simple Fabric Flowers

This is another easy to sew fabric flower.  I’m going to demonstrate it with a strip of fabric, but it can be done just as easily with a piece of ribbon or tulle.  All you need is a needle, heavy-duty thread, and scissors.

1.  Start by cutting a strip of fabric approximately 12 inches long by 3 inches wide.  Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and begin stitching a simple running stitch along the long edge.  (If you are using ribbon, it is not necessary to fold it in half.  Same goes if you have a narrow strip of fabric, you can skip the folding.  Just be aware that your raw edges will show in the finished product.)

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2.  Pull the thread tightly to gather the strip into a circle.  Fold the open ends over and towards the back (to finish the edges).  Keeping the gathers in a tight circle, stitch the ends and the center closed.

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Once again finish with a button or gemstone and it will look something like this.

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Here’s one I made by layering a ribbon flower on a fabric flower.

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This is an example of a flower that I did not fold lengthwise before gathering.  I used pinking shears to finish the edge and layered it with a tulle pouf.  I kinda like how it turned out. 

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Just imagine the possibilities!

Happy Flower-making!  Kelly

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