Fabric Flowers, Boutonnieres + More…

on February 15 | in Celebrations, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 115 Comments

Kelli shows you how to make some pretty fabric flowers for weddings, headbands, party decorations and more. She also shows you how to turn these basic flowers into beautiful boutonnieres below. Learn more about Kelli in her introduction, and visit Presser Foot where she sews and blogs with her sister.

Materials:

  • About 1/8 yard of drapey fabric (I think organza works the best, but other thin fabrics will also work.)
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Needle

Step 1
Cut 6 squares of fabric the desired width of your flower and pin together
Cut 4 squares of fabric about 1/3 smaller than the above stack and pin together

Step 2
Take the larger stack and cut off the corners so that it forms a circle. Repeat for smaller stack.

Step 3
Now cut our the desired shape of your petals. I like to free hand this part, but if you want a pattern Martha Stewart has some nice ones.

Unpin the stack and turn the fabric so that the petals don’t match up with one another and pin back together. Repeat for smaller stack.

Step 4
Thread your needle and knot the end.
Put the smaller stack on top of the larger stack.
Starting at the back, sew through all layers of fabric and tack the middle of the flower a few times to secure all layers together.

Step 5
Fold the flower in half and make a couple of small stitches in the back of the flower to help it to stand up. Fold the opposite way and repeat. Secure the end of the thread and cut.

Fluff and separate the petals until they look how you want. Your flower should look something like this on the front…

…And like this on the back:

Fabric Flower Boutonniere How To:

Materials:

  • Fabric flower(s) made using the above tutorial
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Paper stem wire

Step 1
Starting at the top of the flower, stick a straight pin through the center top and into the back of the flower.

Step 2
Cut stem wire to desired length of stem – about 4 inches tall (you can trim this later) – you will need one for each flower.

Step 3
Use glue gun to attach the straight pin (attached to flower) to each stem. Glue stems together.

Step 4
Create “leaves” by looping your ribbon several times and to desired length. Use your needle and thread to secure the bottom loops together.

Glue to the back or side of the stems.

Step 6
Starting at the base of the flowers in the back, glue the end of the ribbon to the stem and wrap diagonally down the stems and then back up the stems, ending where you began. Glue to secure.

Now you are finished! – Pin to the lapel of the groom/groomsmen’s jackets.

Other ways to use your fabric flowers at a wedding:

Glue to a barrette or headband for a flower girl.

Sew a grouping to a ribbon to form a sash for a bride.

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115 Responses to Fabric Flowers, Boutonnieres + More…

  1. Lisa says:

    I love the tip of attacking the straight pin onto the stem, makes sense especially since I have always loved the different tips of pins – vintage hat pins could also be used.
    great tutorial thank you.

  2. Kathy says:

    These are so elegant! Thanks so much!

  3. Patty says:

    LOVE this tutorial. It was exactly what I was looking for to satisfy my recently obsession with fabric flowers! Do you have any recommendation on what type of fabric to use?

  4. Ellen Lai says:

    Simply sweet! So pretty! Thanks for sharing, I’ll try it when I get hold of some thin fabric!

  5. pat regul says:

    These are so pretty. I just love them and can think of numerous ways of using them. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Kim says:

    Absolutely beautiful. This is a definite for any future weddings or showers that come along!!

  7. Not only for weddings…

  8. jikim says:

    i’d love to make these, but i have a feeling it’s a lot easier said than done…!

  9. maryellen says:

    Wow. That is just gorgeous. I would love to wear these in my hair in summertime…

  10. Silvia says:

    Very nice and elegant!

  11. Janet A says:

    How pretty and so different that silk flowers. I think these would be lovely hair accessories.

  12. Laila says:

    Oh my best friend is getting married this year and we were talking about having fabric flowers for everyone, this could be just the thing!! Thanks

  13. Julia Irene says:

    Very pretty flowers.

  14. DebbieB says:

    Very pretty, and it does look fairly simple. I’m so amazed by folks that can take a few materials and make something so lovely. I can follow instructions, usually (lol), but the creativity just doesn’t come naturally to me! I so appreciate the folks that share with the rest of us.

  15. Jessica T says:

    So sweet! Way too late for my wedding (13 years too late!) But those flowers would be sweet for hair pins for my daughter.

  16. Tammy says:

    Beautiful! It makes me wish I could go back and wear the sash at my wedding.

  17. Kelli says:

    I am definitely going to make these to add to headbands and hairclips for my daughter! I love how easy and simple they are, but what a bang they give to an outfit!

  18. I love these. My daughter’s going to be in my sister-in-law’s wedding this fall. So I’m bookmarking the barrette project.

  19. Melissa says:

    Personally I hate working with organza in sewing projects. This is probably the only time I’d ever choose to use it!

  20. Tif says:

    So pretty!!

  21. Rebecca says:

    I absolutely love this! Too bad I didn’t find this before I got married, but I am sure I can use these for something else. Love!

  22. Rebecca says:

    I looooooooove the belt!!!!!! It is sooooooo pretty and elegant!

  23. Angela says:

    Love this – looks very J Crew.

  24. Kim says:

    A friend of mine is getting married and is interested in artificial flowers like this. Thanks for the tutorial!

  25. Stacey Lynn says:

    Very Cute!

  26. Christina Davis says:

    I want to make some pretty flowers now!!

  27. kelli says:

    troy, the tie was actually my husbands wedding tie. so its over 3 years old, but i think it came from Banana Republic, but not sure. Sorry.

  28. Deb Cameron says:

    Fabric flowers, they never wilt…perfect! And perfectly pretty too! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Troy says:

    I love that green tie… any idea where it came from?

  30. Linda says:

    Beautiful, and so easy! Who knew. I will definitely be trying this.

    8-)

  31. Skooks says:

    These are so delicate and lovely. Thanks for sharing the how-to!

  32. sarah says:

    wow…so delicate and airy!

  33. all8garden says:

    How lovely!!!

  34. Liz says:

    so pretty–and so incredibly easy! wow!

  35. craftytammie says:

    ever have one of those moments where you want to redo your own wedding? I think I’ll be having lots of them with tutorials like these, love it!

  36. Dusty says:

    Beautiful!! I seem to be collecting fabric flower tutorials lately, but this is one of the prettiest!

  37. alisha says:

    The fabric boutonnieres look great. When I read the title I thought, who would want to use a fabric boutonnieres? But after seeing it, I realized I would!

  38. Tong says:

    This is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m definitely saving this and trying this out!

  39. Jennyred says:

    LOOOOOOOOOVE

  40. Marcia W. says:

    Such a nice touch for a wedding — and can be prepared ahead

  41. Kelli says:

    Love the barrette! And definitely not wedding exclusive – that could be cute for a little one! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Very nice!!!

  43. Melissa says:

    That’s such a great idea! I’m going to pass this along to my best friend as an idea for her wedding this summer.

  44. Cristi says:

    Just beautiful!

  45. Sara says:

    Wish I had this tute before my wedding! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Amber says:

    These are gorgeous – what a great tutorial!

  47. Rebecca says:

    BEautiful!

  48. rosie says:

    you make it look so easy!

  49. Faith says:

    Those are so pretty. I wish I could have made those for my flower girl. :)

  50. Mandy says:

    Those flowers look amazing! I can’t wait to try this! Must also say that they were photographed very well also!

  51. Christine says:

    Wow! You make it look so easy.

  52. Ramona says:

    Love them!

  53. Jessica M says:

    These are gorgeous, I just did flowers for a friend’s wedding and we wanted to do fabric boutonnieres but couldn’t find instructions for anything as lovely as these.

  54. sharon says:

    Very pretty, much more precious to make your own, thanks Sharon.

  55. Kristina says:

    I love these…i have been looking for a good tutorial for the fabric flower for a dress i just made! it will be perfect!

  56. Care says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

  57. Krystina says:

    I love these for a headband!

  58. Linda says:

    This is so neat. My daughter loves these flowers, I’ll have to get some supplies so we can make them together.

  59. Angela says:

    Beautiful!!

  60. Betsy M says:

    I am going to make these for my little girls for Easter. Thanks so much for the idea and how to!!

  61. Erin says:

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

  62. Wow! Those flowers are so delicate looking! Perfect for a wedding, flower girl, first communion…

  63. Georgia says:

    Not that I’m engaged yet (ahem…), but I’m already thinking about my wedding – and making it as thrifty as possible. I think these are just as beautiful as most real flowers. Thanks so much!

  64. Amanda says:

    That boutonnierre looks amazing!

  65. Tina Mackey says:

    Very pretty. I’m going to try this for Mother’s Day!

  66. Sade says:

    These are lovely.

  67. tscd says:

    wow!!!

  68. Rose says:

    Thanks for sharing the procedure to create fabric flowers. It looks awesome. Would try to create one and see if it works.

  69. Greta says:

    These are amazingly beautiful and simple! Cannot wait to try it!

  70. mab says:

    Great tute! I just started making my first fabric flowers this weekend. Now I’ll have to dig into my stash for some fabric to make these! Thanks for sharing!

  71. kendra says:

    those are feather-y gorgeous! i just happened to get inspired to make a little rose-y corsage this last week too – but mine is wool! (http://www.byhandathome.com/2010/02/sharing-love.html)

  72. Sheila says:

    That is so pretty! My little girls would love to wear those in their hair!!

  73. so simple yet so effective – I’m going to have to give this one a try!

  74. anja says:

    these are so awesome. fabric flowers looking really classy here. . .

  75. Jennifer S. says:

    I love these – I am going to make some of these for my dinner out on Thursday!!!

  76. Sara says:

    Also a great way to create an early spring bouquet to brighten up the long winter days.

  77. Wendy says:

    Love it!

  78. Sara says:

    Such delicate pretty flowers – I can imagine lots of uses.

  79. Beth Van says:

    So lovely and elegant! I’ll have to create an occasion to make some of these.

  80. Katie says:

    The flowers look really life like. I’m digging this idea. It looks simple yet super cute! Bookmarked for sure.

  81. ~Helena~ says:

    That is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  82. Liz says:

    sooo pretty!

  83. jill says:

    Thanks so much for this. I’ve been wanting to make some fabric flowers that are less crafty looking and more delicate like. I love this blog!

  84. Bonnie says:

    These are so cute! They’d be lovely on wrapped gifts as well, something the recipient could keep.

  85. Amanda says:

    Just beautiful, I love all the ideas and it the tutorial is so straight forward, I can’t wait to try out this technique.

  86. Jodi Mann says:

    OMG such perfect timing – my close friend is getting married and wanted fabric flowers – PERFECT thanks!
    Jxx

  87. Sonya M says:

    what a lovely accessory for the entire wedding party!

  88. Andrea P. says:

    Sooo pretty! I’m going to have to try these!

  89. michelle says:

    I’m going to give this a try and hopefully I can use them for my wedding in August.

  90. DebbieKL says:

    Very nice! I really like the boutonniere. Loving the wedding theme as there’s one in the family coming up. Thanks!

  91. Tara says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. Somer says:

    That boutonniere is beautiful.

  93. Briana says:

    Ooooo this would look so cute in my little girls curly hair!

  94. Lynn Osborne says:

    These are so pretty!

  95. Katie B says:

    Lovely flowers.

  96. Danielle says:

    I want to sew some on boring t-shirts to make them more interesting! Awesome!

  97. Ashley Ann says:

    Wow! That’s super pretty!

  98. Morgan says:

    Wow! What a great alternative to fake flowers that is actually affordable.

  99. Momma Mindy says:

    You make this look SO easy! Amazing crafting and great photography. It seems like they would be much cheaper than anything store bought, and yours look SO much better. What inspiring creativity.

  100. Jessica says:

    Lovely! I might have to try this.

  101. Carrie says:

    Love that… easier to keep as a momentum too!

  102. Addy says:

    I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!

  103. Michelle Shouse says:

    Oh, those are beautiful!

  104. Sorahart says:

    Very easy-to-follow tutorial. Thanks!

  105. Crystal says:

    that is very pretty! I think I might actually make those!

  106. Cindy says:

    The boutonniere looks real. I didn’t know from first glance that it was fabric. Beautiful.

  107. Laurel says:

    Wow!

  108. Jenny says:

    gorgeous! wedding season is always so beautiful.

  109. jennsquared says:

    beautiful!!!! I’ve always wanted to make fabric flowers!

  110. moira says:

    gorgeous!

  111. alison says:

    That is soooooooo pretty – and surprisingly simple. Like it lots!

  112. Elaine says:

    Thank you!

    I was wanting to make one of these
    yesterday-and never got around to it!

    Now, I can do it without all the guess
    work…

    Thank you for this easy to do, yet oh
    so professional looking boutonniere!

    :)Elaine

  113. ~Michelle~ says:

    Ooh, I’m going to show this to a bride friend!!

  114. Jenny says:

    Sooo beautiful! Wow! Those are just wonderful. Love the corsage ones!

  115. Kaye Prince says:

    Very pretty! I especially like the way the flowers look against the dress.

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