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Full and Textured Fabric Flowers


We can never seem to have enough flowers in our house.  Or fabric.

So, to satisfy both things……..I made some new fabric flowers.  Kind of similar to these.

But easier and less uniform.  And much harder to mess up.


They are a bit rugged.  And raw.  But I like that.

And they can be attached, clipped, sewn, or glued……… almost anything.

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But my first thought…… always in the hair.  They just add the sweetest touch.

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There’s something about the texture of the fabric.  It’s perfect.

(And yes, the edges are raw……but they’re made with a bunch of circles and this helps keep the fabric from fraying very much. 

But if it does fray a bit, it only adds to the charm.)

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I’m even crazy about them on my littlest one’s head.  Sweet and munchy little thing.  Mmmmm…….

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And just for fun…….here’s a zoom out of our photo shoot.  Yes, that’s her daddy, flirting with our sweet baby.

If he’s home, he makes the best assistant.  And he’s free labor. :)

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Thanks baby girl.  You and your big sister wear your little flowers well.

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Would you like to make a few fabric flowers?

To begin, decide on how big you want your flower to be.  My flower ended up measuring 2 1/4 inches across (diameter).

To make a flower that size, I cut out a circle that was 1 3/4 inches in diameter and used that as my circle pattern piece.

I cut some strips of fabric that were about 2 inches wide (just a bit wider than my red circle pattern piece)……

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And then folded my strip again and again until I had several layers to cut through.

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I then used my little red circle as a guide to cut through all of those layers.

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Keep in mind, the circles don’t have to be perfect and can have uneven edges.  No biggee. (But if you’re going for perfection…..trace your circle piece on your fabric over and over again and then cut them all out.  And good luck!)

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You should have a nice stack of circles (I used about 30 circles).  Then cut out one more circle (the same size) out of felt.

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To begin, grab one of you fabric circles and grab it in the center from the bottom.

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Then squish the outside of the circle towards you (the messier the better), while holding the center tip from behind.

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Now place that messy little scrunched up piece on top of the felt circle, with the raw edges facing outward.  Allow the edges to overlap about a 1/4 inch.  Sew the tip in place, down to the felt.

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Now do the same thing with your second fabric circle, and place it under the presser foot and sew the tip in place, just like the first.  You want to place each scrunched up circle nice and snug next to the first, so that your flower will be nice and full.

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Continue adding more and more circles, keeping the outer edges even, about a 1/4 inch over the felt circle edge…….until you complete the full circle.

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Then start a new layer of scrunched circle on top of the first……but place them so that the edges aren’t out quite as far as the first.  This will help your flower look rounded as it gets smaller and smaller towards the center.

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Continue around the circle with this layer, keeping the edges in slightly more towards the center.

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Now depending on the size of your flower (how big your circles are, etc.) you may only need to sew 2 layers or you may need more.  But for this sized flower, I sewed on a 3rd layer.  And with this layer, I used a pin to help shove the tip in towards the center before sewing it down.  Try it, it may help you too.

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This is how it looked after my 3 layers were sewn on.

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To cover the center, I trimmed down 3 of my remaining fabric circles by about 1/3 of an inch, all the way around.

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Then I scrunched them up the same way, and hand sewed each of those 3 scrunched up circles to the center.  This filled in the empty space nicely.

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Make sure while going up and down with your needle, that you go between layers and don’t mess up any of the fullness of the outer edges.

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And that completes the flower.  Feel free to trim off any wonky edges with some scissors……..and that’s it.

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And here’s a view from the back.  If you want, you can cut out another circle of felt and glue it to the back of this, to hide the sewing.  But it just depends on how you’ll use the flower.

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Now make more.  In lots of colors. 

And use them here, there, and everywhere.

(I have a project coming up, showing how else I used these little flowers.)

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Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. April says:

    I love these cute flowers! Are you going to stick them to some flip flops? Because that would be CUTE! :D

  2. Simply Complex says:

    These are great! Now, do you have the presser foot up or down for this progect? I would think if you put it down for each stitch, it would take forever. Speaking of, how long did each one take you?

  3. kavita says:

    this one is really awesosome
    tute is well explained……………i really loved it

  4. Carolyn says:

    Love these! I can’t wait to try them to add to one of my bags!

  5. TeresaJ says:

    Perfect! I have been looking for something to add to a laptop case I am working on and these are it!! Thanks!

  6. Suzanne says:

    These are really cute — thanks so much for the tutorial!

  7. Cecilia says:

    Love them! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
    I will try it today and post your link in my blog.

    Your kids are gorgeous!

  8. heidi s. says:

    Love these flowers, and your girls are precious!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ashely, When ever I click on the make it and love it link from my blog it sends me to the Aug.3 post every time instead of the new post you made. It has never done this before so I was wondering if there is an error on my part or the website. Il have to click on the name of your post in order to see it. Hope you can help me out.

    THanks, Whitney

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Whitney, thanks for letting me know. I have heard that from a few people so I have been trying to tweak a few things to see what’s going on. Will you do me a favor and see if it’s showing the updated posts now?? And then tell me what day and time (time zone) you did it just so I know if it was before or after making any other changes.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you……..I would appreciate it so much! :)


    2. Amy says:

      I have tried multiple ways to get to your updated home page tonight. Different times too (pacific time). The latest was around 9. It still brings up the bow sandals. The other projects are in the Tutorials. Glad I looked though or else I would have missed the cute new projects!

    3. Anonymous says:

      Oh bummer! I think what happened is that there was an update and some of the older functions on my site became ineffective and kinda jammed things up. So, the content is there but browsers need to be cleared. I don’t know how to let people know to clear their browsers to receive the new content because some may think that I just don’t have any new content. Ack…….hopefully people will eventually clear their browsers or clear their history. Will you try something for me? Will you try exiting your browser completely (maybe you already have) and then re-opening it and see if the newest content appears. And then if it doesn’t, try going to “tools” and then “clear history” and see if that helps??

      My gosh, I hate for you to have to go to all this work to make it work for you………what a pain! I’m so sorry for all of this but maybe that will re-set it for you and make it work again. Let me know how it goes and if that helps you.

      Anyway, keep me posted and thanks again for your help!

    4. Anonymous says:

      these are great, i tried, although not as nice as yours! i felt great when they were done.

  10. Amy says:

    This is fantastic! I love how full the flowers look. I can’t wait to try this out myself! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  11. katepickle says:

    Oh these are cool… I need to get my sewing machine out of storage and have a go!

  12. Maggie says:

    Love these!

    What kind of hairband did you use for your baby? I’ve had a hard time finding one for my 4 month old.

  13. Emily says:

    Love these! Don’t have much in the way of scrap fabric right now but i picked up some cheap bandanas in cute solid colors that should work perfect!! So excited to make something I can finish the same day!!

  14. Nae says:

    These are so cute! – Ill have to make one for my baby cousin!

    On a completely unrelated note, what sort of camera do you use – it takes such gorgeous, clear photos! I can never seem to get nice photos of anything I make… :(

    1. Nae says:

      Oh, never mind, should have read the FAQ first, sorry!

  15. Ludmi says:

    This flowers are awesome! Love it! Thanks for this post!

  16. Cindy says:

    Wish I could print this without all the other stuff on the sides. I would love to beable to print only the pattern. I tried high lighting only the pattern but would not let me do that. Would love to make some for christmas gifts.

  17. vcooky says:

    I love love this tutorial. I will put this on flip flops on bags, I will but Bling in the center put them on lapels. Oh I can keep going . I love your directions. The babies r so cute. You r a blessed young lady.

  18. Becky says:

    Your children are SO beautiful.

  19. linda says:

    Thank you for sharing. Great idea.

  20. Sheri O. says:

    OMGoodness! These are just the cutest! I can’t wait to try this with some leftover fabric, well except for the fact that I don’t have a sewing. Hopefully this will work with just a needle and thread?! Do you think?

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  22. Tricia says:

    So, so darling!

  23. kama says:

    I just made one of these for my niece. Super cute! I made it in lime green. Hope she likes it! Now on to make a little tutu! :)

  24. carolyn says:

    me enamore ¡¡¡¡ de la baby. Felicitaciones hermosos trabajos ¡¡¡¡

  25. Amy says:

    Gorgeous! My daughter has a million hair clips, but I definitely need to make these:)

  26. kelly @ run with glitter says:

    This is great! I usually make mine with hot glue… this way is so much better and painless!!!
    Your blog is my favorite blog!

  27. Jenni says:

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG and tutorials! I just need to make it my home page! Ya know what I am saying? I am here all the time!

  28. Brenda Smith says:

    Oh yeah…and if you have a circle die then it is much easier! :)

  29. Brenda Smith says:

    I LOVE these!!!! I’m making one tonight! Thanks for the tutorial!

  30. Mindy says:

    love your model’s smile!

  31. Dani says:

    MUST make….love! I’ve been seeing these a lot lately and always wondered how to make them! Thanks for such a great how to!

  32. Shellee says:

    Just LOVE these!! Especially since my little 3 year old girl still doesn’t have long locks of hair, so bows and accessories area must!

  33. Mary says:

    Clover makes a template you can purchase that makes a similar flower and it’s super easy! I got one at the last sewing Expo I went to and it is great!

  34. Meghan says:

    Absolutely love these flowers! May just have to try it while my girlies are at Grandma’s this afternoon!

  35. Annastacia says:

    I have made these just using a glue gun…I like your way better :) Thank for sharing!

  36. Regena says:

    Where was this the other day when I had to try and figure out how to make one all by myself??? It turned out cute, but not quite as flowery as yours.

  37. Nicole says:

    HOW ADORABLE ARE THOSE BABIES! The kids & the flowers, of course! :)

  38. Kylie says:

    These are so cute! I love how they’re sewn so they’ll last forever. Reading your blog really makes me want a sewing machine….and a baby girl! I think that instead of sewing on the last three circles in the center, you could also put a big, cute button in the center for a totally different look. Either way would be adorable!

  39. Jeanette says:

    Oh I just did a similar flower to this (although not as full!) and posted a pic of it today on my blog. I was not as messy with the scrunching of my circles though so my flower does not look as full. thanks for your tutorial – I will definitely try this for my daughter :)

  40. Valerie Nelson says:

    Thank you! Pure creative genius, as always! I’ve just done the same, except used a hot glue gun instead of the machine. I started from the center and worked my way out! I’m going to attempt one on the machine now too!

  41. mia moon says:

    Oops, here the like. Btw, I liked your post, hope thats cool!!

  42. mia moon says:’s always so sweet to share things with a little one! I happened to make a similar project this week by chance; take a look! Ps. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  43. Julie says:

    I like the red one the best!

  44. Oksana says:

    It is really great! I wish a had a daughter! Thank you!

  45. Regina W says:

    THANK YOU for actually sewing these flowers! I keep seeing this style of flower, but they’re put together using hot glue. All I know is that whoever thinks hot glue cuts it doesn’t have a 2 year old in the house! ;)

    Now if only said 2 year old would let mommy dress her up with flowers in her hair… *sigh*

  46. Kim V says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!!! These are fabulous! Love!

  47. Kim V says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! They are so cute and so full! Love them!

  48. Christina C says:

    I LOVE these flowers! Thank you for the tutorial, I have a project all ready for them!!

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