June 2, 2011

How to Make a Fabric Flower

 Oh no, not another flower tutorial!
You asked how I made the fabric flower on my glove box, so here you have it. 

I love this flower! 
This is so easy!  Just cut 6 circles of fabric from large to small.  

Now don't get too precise, no measuring or tracing needed, just free hand it.

Look close in the picture above, there are 6 circles, 2 are a sheer fabric.

You can use almost any thin silky fabric, I used a dress lining material and sheer fabric just be sure it is a synthetic fabric like polyester, natural silk will not work.  Lace will work also.

Here's the step that makes the flower so great  Cut slits around the outside of each circle, now don't go getting all precise.

Hold each petal above an open flame. 
 Do not put the fabric in the flame, it is the heat that curls it.  Now, don't go burning the house down!  I always do this by the sink.  Each petal will curl right up. 

 Here I have curled two of the petals.

Here they are all curled.  The longer you leave it over the heat the more it will curl.  If it is not curling, you have the wrong fabric.

Then layer them up and put a stitch through the whole pile.

At this point you could just leave it 

Or glue a vintage jewel on top of the stitch

Maybe stitch a button on, like I did on this glove box

Great For
Head bands
As Lapel pins
Hair clips
Gift wrap

It is honestly so easy! 
It will take you all of 10 minutes and looks like some high end embellishment.

Happy Creating!


the old white house said...

I love the little twist on this design Carol! I haven't made any of the melted/curled ones in a long time. Now you have me wanting to start again! Thanks for sharing! xoxoxo

d e l i g h t said...

Great tutorial! Easy to understand and the photographs make it easy to follow along. Looks beautiful on the glove box.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Love it! You give the best tutorials!!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

What a pretty flower. It reminds me of one plucked from a vintage hat. Thanks for the tutorial.


Scarlett said...

Love this, great how-to - will be giving this a try :o) Scarlett x

Anonymous said...

you always show things so well, I could actually do this,, thanks for visiting today,, its so good to visit back and forth,,

Janet said...

This is great thanks so much for sharing. Janet Blondell

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

How cool is this! I'll have to give it a try :) I'll probably turn into some "rose-makin' crazy woman", LOL :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Vagabonds Mercantile said...

Wow , thanks for showing us that. So easy and so pretty too.

Terri said...

I have made the other style with out the petal cuts. I have to say... I'm really liking this version as well. One of my friends saw it some where as well...so to who ever you are out there, Thank You!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

That was a great tutorial and I think I may try it! Thanks!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for making this look so easy! Sure beats sewing rosettes!
I'm going to try this and I hope I don't burn the house down! LOL!


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Finally something I Can DO!!!
Thank you...They are so pretty..who knew it was so easy! I hope I don't burn anything :)

Gina said...

I love when you share stuff like this with us! I have been searching for flowers like this in craft stores, but not finding the right colors. I guess I'll be making my own!

Sue said...

Oh Carol I like this! I might have to try this after we get back from The Farm Chicks!!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these! I'm going to try it! Thanks! ♥

Createology said...

Carol your flowers are fabulous! Thank you for sharing your technique. These absolutely look amazing. Happy candle warming...

laxsupermom said...

Love these! What a neat trick! Thanks for sharing.

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

This is a new one for me. I love these little flowers and would have never figured out how to make them on my own. Great tutorial!

Rona Gregory said...

Carol you are a STAR! love this... just what I need for my chair backs! Thank you xoxoxo

shabby chic og lavendel said...

Thank you so much for shearing. I love these beautiful flowers. :)
I agree, This is a great tutorial!

Debbie said...

FANTASTIC! I'm so glad you posted the how-tos. I was one of the ones who asked.

BTW, I thought of you repeatedly this past week. I'm trying to purge out in a garage sale, and I kept finding stuff that someone like you could turn from trash to treasure and wanting to save it yet longer in case I grow a little talent.

Vicki said...

THANK YOU for posting this. I had seen this too somewhere and forgot about it. I want to make a flower pin for my mother in laws 80th bday next week! I think it would be fun for Kara to give it to her to wear during the party. Have a great weekend my friend!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Good job Carol! This was going to be my next flower tutorial...cutting the petals in...but now I don't have to! (*_*) ~Stacy~

Stampindamour said...


LOVE the tutorial! It is fab and always witty too! ;)

I am going to try this with my vintage glove boxes to see if it helps sell them.


Monica said...

Hello Carol!
Just found you because of this flower!;) It is wondrous, and such a great tutoria! Will give it a try for sure.
I have a different technique to make them, and the result is equally lovely. If you want to see mine, please come here:

Shabby Soul said...

I have a stack of fabric I bought for these flowers. They are really pretty.
P.S. I blinged some things in my booth & they sold right away! *thanks for the tips!*

Unknown said...

I don't know about your girl friend Carol, but I sure love that hat she is wearing. Chuckle!

I gotta try these flowers ... they are awesome. TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful pink week ~

Rebecca Nelson said...

I LOVE IT! I've seen this somewhere before but I can't even think of where. FABULOUS Girlfriend!

xoRebecca PS: Shopping was a BLAST TODAY! Come to Oklahoma and I'll take you around and we'll have a day. Call me and tell me WHEN to expect you! xoxoxo :)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love this beautiful flower! I like the extra-ruffled look the petals have. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my 'chocolate' coffee table!

Diann said...

Wow, I have seen several different types of tutorials on making flowers and this one is the simpliest and looks so pretty! thank you for another great tutorial Carol!

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful Carol. Reminds me of a peony. If only I had some free time to make some (not to mention the space) I burn the ends of the ribbons for my dresses. I always go outside just in case some little piece comes off and lands on the carpet...yikes! I never liked that no frey stuff. Will you and your Mom take to the road this week? Please wish her a happy birthday for me. I sure hope I look as good as my Mom when I am her age. xo

bikim said...

and you explain it si well!
THANKS for sharing!
happy week!

Hello Vintage said...

These are lovely and I think it is something that even I may be able to do. Will be giving these a try, thanks so much. Great blog.

SewCool21 said...

Wow, the flower looks great!

Barbara Jean said...

I love this look, but whenever I try I think I am impatient, or maybe have wrong fabric as I burn the edges. They just come out smokey gray. =(

maybe I'll try again.


~Moondust Marita~ said...

hi there! Your Blog is so beautiful! You have the most amazing ideas! Thanks for sharing. Your flowers are so pretty and dainty!
My mom and I have been making some of these flowers and we got the idea from this site: http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/05/29/tutorial-how-to-make-lovely-fabric-flowers/
She is a sweetie and I know she would love to see the ones you have made too.
Just thought I'd let you know. Keep up the good work!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

OMG! I love this one too! laurie

Unknown said...

I LOVE you , you know that?! Not only are you extraordinarily generous, but SO DAMN CREATIVE!!! THANK YOU a thousand fold!!! Im off to make some RIGHT NOW! :D


Anonymous said...

Love it! Tried it. Looks great except that there are teeny tiny singe marks on the edges in different areas. It doesn't look like you have any burn spots. How did you keep that from happening? I am using vintage silky fabric. Maybe that's my problem?? I'm definitely NOT putting it right in the flame-about 2-3 inches above it. Help!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Anonymous..I am guessing if you are not holding the fabric to close to the flame that it is the fabric that is causing the burn spots. I have the best luck with cheap 100% polyester lining fabric. The older fabrics are probably 100% silk or some other natural fiber.

The Polka Dot Closet

Little Miss Maggie said...

I had not seen this tutorial before. Fantastic! Can't wait to try it.

Lagene said...

Love your tutorial & your flowers! Can I Pin this...with all the hoopla about copy rights I'm a little lawyershy & done see a Pin it button on your blog...so I ask!

Lagene said...

I followed your tutorial & linked back to your post on my blog http://inkymema.blogspot.com/2012/03/2012-card-1-easter-pinks.html also Pinned your post!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Okay, this definitely looks addictive! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

berlykim37 said...

Beautiful Flower...tfs

Sharon Field / Inky A*Muse-ment said...

Lovely... such softness and pretty girly colors!! Thanks for sharing how you created this awesome flower!!

Grandma Linda's Daydreams said...

How very pretty! Thank you for the great pictures and easy instructions! I will certainly be making some of these, just in time for Mother's Day!

Ginger said...

Carol I did a tutorial on these. Since that I have started using my heat gun with tweezers holding them on a cookie sheet. Does the same thing and a lot less dangerous. I love them. Great tutorial.

carmen nadal said...

Carol: you are the Florida Martha Stewart of all things Shabby n Chic! I love this flower and I'm going to do it for my hangers. Lovely blog, beautiful house, great booth! You have magic in your hands, woman! Carmen, ex-soap sanctuary lady.

Patty said...

This is the best flower tutorial!!!! I can't wait to try it! You have made my day today!

catherine said...

WOW! I really love ALL your flowers!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful, and thank you for the guide. Looks like a lovely embellishment for a dress. Time to go back to the fashion boutique :)

Unknown said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I hope my wedding bouquet turns out as beautiful as the one you made. :-D

Katie said...

thank you so much for your tutorial, it's helped me make corsages and bouquets for my wedding!! i couldn't be happier, it was super easy, thank you! :)


Dagmar said...

I love your tutorial! So much, that I had to try it right away. Well, this is what happened. I tried different synthetic fabrics, like satin and a silk polyester and all my flowers turned out flat. Any suggestions?
Again, thanks for a great tutorial!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Dagmar, you have left me know way to contact you, so I will answer you here. I use the polyester fabric that is used for lining clothes, hope that helps


pum said...

Sooo beautiful! I like it very much!

Bobbi Ann said...

Hi, I just love your blog and tbe many pieces you share and that you make! I also adore this flower it's gorgeous! Thank you so much for this fabulous tutorial! Have a lovely rest of your weekend!
Many hugs and blessings...
Bobbi Ann

FabShabbyRoses said...

Hi Carol! I'm working on projects for my daughters wedding. I want to make a few of these flowers to decorate the ringbearers pillow, flower girls basket etc etc. I tried several different fabrics and the edges are all turing black. I tried to keep the fabric away from the flame but then it doesn't curl. Any idea of what I'm doing wrong? How long do you have to keep it over the heat for it to curl. I was guessing just seconds? Maybe I'm impatient? Not waiting long enough? I've spent 30 minutes on this and it's all a flop. But I'm determined LOL! I will keep trying. maybe I need to buy different fabric. But I do have synthetic. Hummmm maybe it's my candle. Maybe it burns black. And I need a different heat source? Thank you for any suggestions.

Unknown said...

So pretty! I will have to try this.

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Unknown said...

My cousin's baby shower is coming up so I have been trying to find some craft ideas. I really love these diy Pins ! I think it would be a cute idea to use flowers and have everyone decorate them differently. I am going to forward this to her so she can see how cute they are!

Unknown said...

So lovely, you can be sure I will be trying these, spending a lot of time thinking fabric flowers at the moment. Thank you so much, would it be ok to put a link on to my blog, so I can share this with people.
warmest regards

Estila said...

you ´re so generous!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I am planning to make a bouquet for my daughter's wedding. When cutting the fabric for the flowers, what is the approximate size of the largest circles? Thanks very much. Dee Theisen - deetheisen@charter.net

Hyacinth Marius said...

I'm in a process of making headbands for my daughter. This flower is perfect for it. Thanks!


Unknown said...

Oh thankyou for showing me how to do those buitiful roses I needed to have ago but I didn't have any candles so I used my heat gun which worked perfectly well I'm now addicted thanks

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