Easy fabric flowers for sewing beginners


You can rustle up one of these flowers in under 10 minutes, and they can be used to make pretty brooches, hair clips or magnets – whatever takes your fancy! 

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a sewing workshop hosted by pro-sewer Jenniffer Taylor – you might recognise her from series two of the Sewing Bee, but she now runs dressmaking workshops in Birmingham, has a book coming out in March, and is one of the presenters on Sewing Quarter, a TV shopping channel dedicated to all things crafty*!

Sewing is something I LOVE, but I have to admit, I'm no expert, so this simple flower project that Jenni talked us through was perfect for my skill level –beginner. And now I know how to make them, I can't stop – there are fabric flowers all over my house!

You will need
30x30cm fabric swatch per flower
Needle and thread
Optional: Glue gun, magnet, brooch pin, hair clip

1 Cut five circles from your fabric (use the base of a cup or a roll of Sellotape as a guide).
2 With the patterned side on the outside, fold one circle in half and then in half again (to make a quarter). This will become one petal.
3 Thread your needle double thickness and tie a knot in the end, leaving 2-3 inches of thread below the knot.

4 Use a running stitch to sew along the curved cut edge, and move it along the thread to the knot.
5 Fold your other circles in quarters, then sew these onto the same piece of thread.

6 Once they're attached, bunch up the quarters along the thread until they resemble petals.

7 Cut your thread, leaving 2-3 inches at the end. Tie the two thread ends together so the petals sit tightly together and look like a flower.

8 To finish, glue or sew a button to the centre of the flower. Then it's up to you how you use them.

They look pretty in a decorative bowl, or sewn onto pillow cases. Or you can glue a brooch pin, magnet or hair clip on the back.

To make circular petals

Follow the same guide but fold your fabric in half, instead of in quarters, and cut along the curved cut edge.

*Sewing Quarter is on Freeview 78.

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