Fabric flowers are quite a big thing in the DIY department, so there’s really no way anyone blogging about their DIY projects could miss out on them. When doing these fabric flowers there really is no wrong or right. The messier the better. I really feel like that with a lot of DIY things I do, it never really matters if they’re perfect. It’s more about the experience of creating something own and individual and that’s what makes the finished products so amazing. Same goes for this project. I actually had something completely different in mind when I started to do these flowers, but while crafting them I taught myself some different new techniques and simply followed my instinct. Even if I didn’t follow my plan I am absolutely in love with how my flowers turned out!
3 different kinds of fabric (colour of your choice): You will need a thicker fabric for the center part of the flower ( I chose a velvet black fabric), one regular cotton fabric or something similar and lastly you will need chiffon or tulle fabric or some other mesh fabric
needle & thread
and obviously: some clips ( I took some hair clips, they work just fine)
Cut a square of your thick fabric. It doesn’t have to be even or perfect. Also don’t worry if the edges start to fray out. That’s exactly what we’re going for. My piece was about 5 x 5cm big.
Next pinch that piece in the middle (“right” side facing outwards) and twist the bottom a bit. Sew the bottom shut, creating a blossom shape.
When everything is tightly sewed together, take your scissors and snip into to the top part a couple of times, creating little “petals”.
Now onto creating the “body” of the flower. Start by pre cutting your fabric. For each petal part I cut 2 large squares of my tulle and one smaller square of the cotton fabric. (The big ones were about 12 x 15cm and the smaller one about 10 x 10 cm).
Now layer the fabric parts, creating a star shape. I put one tulle piece on the bottom, diagonally on top of that a cotton piece and above that another tulle piece.
Pinch the pieces in the middle, again creating a blossom. Twist the bottom and secure it by stitching it a few times.
Again take your scissors and snip into the petals to make them more realistic. Remember the messier and more creative you get with that, the better your flower will turn out in the end.
Repeat these steps at least four times, leaving you with one thick center piece and four petal “parts” in total. The more petals you create, the more voluminous the flower will get.
This step is where everything, literally, comes together. What you will do is basically layering your petals parts around the thick center part, tips facing to each other. Stitch them together until nothing moves around anymore. Do not only sew the petal parts onto the center, also don’t forget to sew the individual pieces together.
You now should be left with something looking like this:
When you’re done, make the flower a bit more realistic by snipping into the petals with your scissors a couple more times and by pulling the fabric edges apart, causing them to fray.
As I couldn’t be bothered with thinking about a way how to attach the clip to the flower anymore, I decided to simple slide the clip through some of the stitches on the bottom of the flower. This technique worked, but if don’t want to risk the flower to fall off of the clip, you will have to expend a little more effort. I suggest tightly stitching the clip onto the flower, or simply hot glue the pieces together.
I know this DIY sounds like a tough one but once you get the hang on it and get a little creative everything will work out. Just experiment around and don’t be afraid to do mistakes, because those are what makes everything so pretty!
Now simply clip your flower on whatever item you like. I decided to spice up some classic black pumps.
Also try wearing your flower clips as a bun topper or something else (like on the strap of a handbag maybe!?)