I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy, or the fact that I cleaned my room and found my sewing machine, but I have been itching to sew lately! Could also have something to do with the fact we will be moving soon so there is really no point in decorating (at least not when you’re looking at your 4th move in 2 years!). I am also so excited to spring is here. Oh I love spring! Especially here in Wisconsin… it’s just beautiful! So I am going to show you how to make some super easy fabric flowers. You can either do them by hand or with a sewing machine.
Ruched Fabric Flower Tutorial
For these I used the left over fabric from the layer cake I used to make my first quilt… absolutely LOVE this fabric!
Here is what you will need to get started:
– Fabric Scraps or fabric of your choice
– Needle and thread or sewing machine
– Hot glue gun (optional)
Today I will be showing you how to make them on a sewing machine, and will provide instruction on how to do them by hand as well (at the bottom of the tutorial).
To make these you will just need a square piece of fabric. Let’s talk size real quick. If you want a flower with the diameter of approx 5 inches in diameter, you need a 1o inch square. If you want a flower approx 2 inches in diameter you need a 4 inch square. So you get the idea. The flower turns out roughly half the diameter of your square piece of fabric. Now, this all depends on how much you ruffle your fabric, but we will talk about more about that later! : )
So once you have your square piece of fabric cut you are just going to fold it in half diagonally, right sides together. Set your sewing machine to do a basting stitch (longest stitch length) and sew along side the fold (as close as possible), turn, and continue on down one side of your triangle. You can’t see my stitches here, so I showed you with the arrows. Once you hit the corner, just turn your fabric and continue on. NOTE: Do not back stitch on either end
Then I clip my corner sew it’s easier to turn in the next few steps.
Now you are just going to pull the bottom thread to gather/ruffle your fabric on both sides of your triangle.
Turn the fabric right side out, you might have to work with the point of the triangle to get it to come up through to the center.
Work with it until it is the shape you want it to be. You can either leave it a little poofy or flatten it out a bit, totally up to you.
It’s really easy if you want to make these by hand, you just follow the same steps, except instead of using your sewing machine, you hand sew a basting stitch. I know, you probably already figured that out, but just in case ; )
Now you can either hot glue, or sew the raw edges under forming a circle.
Easy right? I love how these flowers look! I have some plans for headbands and hair clips that I will be sharing later!
What will you use your flowers for?
Update: Here is a headband I made for my daughter using these cute little flowers : ) You can find the tutorial HERE