How to Make a Fabric Flower Bouquet

A fabric flower bouquet makes a beautiful center piece or decorative accent that will last. Fabric Flowers can be made using many different techniques. I’m going to make a version that has a stem so they can be arranged in a vase.

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Step 1: Cut the fabric

First, cut a strip of fabric that’s about 2.5” wide and 24” long.

I’m making a bouquet of flowers using broadcloth, peachskin, and crepe back satin. Any lightweight fabric will work.

Step 2: Make petals

Roll the fabric up so that it’s about 1 ½ inches wide. Round off the corners of one of the ends  with scissors. This creates petals when it’s unfolded. Some of the petals will need a little more shaping, but they don’t need to look perfect.

If you’re using a polyester fabric like satin, you have the option of heating the edges of the fabric with a lighter or candle. This melts the fabric slightly, so the edges don’t fray. It also creates a bit of a puckered edge, which is a nice effect for the petals.

If you’re using a cotton fabric, leave the edges raw.

Step 3: Gather the fabric

Next on your sewing machine, select the straight stitch and make the stitch length as long as it will go.

Sew down the length of the fabric about 1/2” from the straight edge.

Take one of the threads and pull on it, so the fabric gathers.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can do this by hand using a running stitch.

Step 4: Glue fabric to stem

Next take your stick or dowel and put a dab of hot glue near the top to attach the fabric. Wrap the fabric around the stick, securing it with hot glue.

Step 5: Add twine to stem

Finally, take twine and hot glue it to the base of the flower and wrap it around, until the bottom of the flower is covered. Continue to hot glue and wrap the rest of the stick.

Use jute twine for a variety of craft projects.