There are lots of different ways to make fabric flowers, but since I’m usually short on time, I needed a flower that I could whip up fairly quickly without having to think about it too much. The underside of this quick flower is not very pretty, but the trade off in time saved is worth it. This flower works well if you are going to sew it directly to a garment or another place where only the top and sides of the flower will be visible.
Threaded needle for hand sewing and matching thread
A button or glue-on jewel for the center of the flower
Fabric glue like Liquid Stitch™ or something similar
3-4 “squares” (5″ x 6.5 “) in a lightweight fabric like a cotton or linen. The finished flower ended up measuring about the size of my palm about 3″ x 3″. You can use any size squares that you like and even vary the sizes within the same flower. You’ll notice by the measurements that it’s actually a rectangle. I like to think of it as an exaggerated square on its way to becoming a rectangle . Ha!.
Using a gathering (basting) stitch, stitch around perimeter of each square being careful not to stitch past your starting point. (Make sure that you don’t back stitch)
Gently pull loose threads on wrong side of fabric to gather.
Gather all of your squares until they resemble little “puff ” balls. (*Once gathered, don’t forget to tie the ends of the gathering thread together and knot. Clip loose threads.)
Stack your “puffs” on top of one another with open sides facing down.
Placing your finger at the center top of your stack, press down and pinch fabric between fingers.
Sew pieces together using your needle and thread.
Add a jewel or button for decoration.
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