How to Make Flowers Out of Material


Create pretty fabric flowers that will surely become conversation pieces and admired by all who touch them. Make a variety of flowers with small swatches of material to give as special gifts for any occasion, to add to themed holiday decorations, or to use as embellishments for other projects. Children and adults can make different sizes and colors as decor for a room, table or accent. This also is an excellent project for groups to make and sell as a fundraising project

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric, three 6-inch square pieces, lightweight material
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Green pipe cleaners, 12-inches long
  • Plastic button, large
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fold one square of fabric in half, then fold it again. Fold two more times (for a total of four) to make an odd-shaped triangle. Snip 1/2-inch off the pointed tip with scissors.

  • Cut off the fabric tip at the other end of the triangle to make an eight-sided polygon. Proceed the same way with the other two fabric pieces for a total of three polygons.

  • Straight stitch with a needle and thread in a loose up-and-down fashion, 1/4-inch inside the center circles of a polygon fabric piece. Pull the thread to gather the edges together. Make a knot and cut off the thread. Proceed the same way with the other two fabric pieces..

  • Twist two green pipe cleaners together to make a stem for a fabric flower. Wind one end in a small circle and bend it at a right angle to the stem to create a base on which to attach the fabric flowers.

  • Apply a few dabs of hot glue onto the pipe cleaner stem with a base. Press one of the printed fabric flowers on the stem's base, centered. Apply hot glue on the center of that fabric flower and press on the solid color fabric flower. Apply hot glue on the center of that flower and press on the last fabric flower.

  • Apply hot glue to the center of the top fabric flower and press on the decorative button for a neat finish. Proceed to create more fabric flowers the same way for as many as desired. Mix and match fabric pieces and variety of buttons.

Tips & Warnings

  • The fabric flowers can be made larger or smaller as desired.
  • Pinking shears can be used instead of plain scissors to create interesting edging to the fabric flowers.
  • If children are participating in this project, an adults should use the hot glue gun, as well as needle and thread if there are very young children.

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