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How to Make a Fabric Flower

I've done this flower in 3 different fabrics. One is a tightly woven organza. It is good for the more pointy flower because it doesn't fray easily. The chiffon fabric gives a softer, more romantic flower. The loosely woven fabric gives a funky, frayed, antiqued look. I've actually rubbed this flower against a rough towing surface to cause more fraying. Choose your fabric and the shape of the cut pattern to suit the character of the flower you want to achieve.

Finished Flowers

These Fabric Flowers are all made the same basic way.

Cut a length of fabric on the bias 3 inches wide and several feet long. Bias cut fabric frays less than straight cut fabric.

The length varies with the type of fabric that you are using, but 4 feet is a good length to start with. Thin fabric needs to be longer than thick to get the same bulk in the fabric flower.

The length of fabric does not need to be in one piece as they can be strung together when you are assembling the flower..

Finished Flowers

Accordion the fabric and pin so that you can cut it. The pleats vary in size. The burgundy flower has 2 inch pleats, the floppy green flower has 3 inch pleats and the pointy green flower has 1 1/2 inch pleats.

Cut one end of the pleated fabric into the cut pattern that you choose.

Finished Flowers

Use a running stitch to gather the first 6 inches of the fabric into a tight bunch and stitch into a circle.

Finished Flowers

Continue the running stitch for another 6 inches, gather tightly and stitch into place.

If the mass is feeling too loose, stitch through the previous gathers until the whole flower feels firm.

Finished Flowers

Keep repeating this step until the flower is completed, adding lengths of the fabric until the flower is the desired fullness.

 

 

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