Pansy and Dahlia Fabric Flower Tutorial

fabric flower tutorial

Photography by James Ransom for Martha Stewart Living

I’m so excited to share this fabric flower tutorial from Martha Stewart Living with you. Such beauties! Easy to make, there’s plenty of time to create them for your Mother, Grandmother or daughter in the next day or two. There is a template for one of the flowers, but for the other, you need only needle, thread and some fabric scraps.

Making fabric flowers for mom is a gift that keeps giving because of the plethora of ways to show them off. Attach a flower to a pin to give it as a brooch or to accent her favorite tote bag. Add to a hair binder or barrette and the flower becomes an elegant hair piece.  I say adorn a simple pair of flats with a shoe clip and one of these stunners and, boom!, Target flats go from drab to fab in a heartbeat. If you’re looking for a knitted flower I have a free pattern here. 

On a personal note, it turns out I’m going to be buying my own flowers this year and making my own fun for Mother’s Day! The NFL managed to schedule the draft over Mother’s Day weekend. What!!? This means that my hubby has to work on Sunday. Yes. So not only has my hubby been working crazy, crazy hours because of the NFL draft, he won’t even be here that day. I’ve decided I’m going to pull out all my Mother’s Day Brunch decorations and throw myself a croissant and donut feast with the kids.  I’ll even buy myself some flowers.  Or, at least go pick my own.

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Look at the gorgeous blooms from my garden that I cut this week. There are definitely some perks to living in Baltimore. I hope your gardens have all started to grow! It certainly brings joy to my life. I found this resource (slides 6 – 14) helpful for tricks on keeping those cut stems and blooms fresh and perky.

The fabric flower tutorial is brought to you courtesy of Martha Stewart. If you want more lovely spring goodness, or easy Mother’s Day gift ideas, pick up the latest copy of Martha Stewart Living, which is available in digital and print now.  I love the watercolor papers on the cover–easy to download and print.

MSL May 2014 Cover

Pansy Fabric Flower Tutorial

Materials

Fabric
Fabric-marking pen (air soluble)
TemplateDetail scissors
Sewing Supplies
Pin (or whatever you care to use to show the beauty off!)
You can also find this fabric flower tutorial here on Martha Stewart.

fabric flower tutorial

Photography by James Ransom

1. Print template here. Cut out. Cut a 2-by-36-inch strip of fabric with detail scissors. (For a smaller version, cut a 1 1/2-by-30 inch strip.) Trace template on it with pen, repeating along the length. Cut out.

2. Sew a running stitch several inches along bottom, 1/4 inch from edge. Every 3 to 4 inches, pull thread together; secure with a double stitch.

3. Spiral strip tightly to create flower shape, securing with random stitches.  When it’s completely rolled, stitch through all layers to secure.

4. Cover stitched back with a small disc of fabric.  Sew to desired pin.

Dahlia Fabric Flower Tutorial

Materials

Linen and organza fabric, in similar shades
Fabric-marking pen (air soluble)
Detail scissors
Sewing Supplies
Pin (or whatever you care to use to show the beauty off!)

fabric flower tutorial

Photography by James Ransom

1. Cut a 2-by-36-inch strip from each type of fabric with detail scissors. (For a smaller version, cut 1 1/2-by-30 inch strips.) Snip V shapes into each strip, about 1/2 inch from edge. Place one strip on top of other.

2. Sew a running stitch several inches along bottom, 1/4 inch from edge. Every 3 to 4 inches, pull thread together; secure with a double stitch.

3. Spiral strip tightly to create flower shape, securing with random stitches.  When it’s completely rolled, stitch through all layers to secure.

4. Cover stitched back with a small disc of fabric.  Sew to desired pin.

Well, Happy Mother’s Day to one and all!

  1. Kara

    Those dahlias are truly lovely

  2. Kellie

    These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I hope you have a lovely weekend/Mother’s Day despite not having your husband there with you. :)

    • Kellie

      PS That bouquet from your garden is just gorgeous!!!

    • Thanks Kellie! Thanks for the comment, too! I’ll have a beautiful Mother’s Day with my kids, which is really what its about anyway . . .

  3. ombre

    super merci!!!

  4. Mrs. B

    Loved this tutorial! Used it today to make some camouflage flowers for our Combat Dining Out! :)

    • Hi Mrs. B – sounds like a wonderfully creative use of the tutorial! Would have loved to have seen it!

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  6. oh wow… ! this looks easy enough for a non-seamstress like me! gorgeous flowers, can’t wait to try them!

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  8. These are beautiful, Anne, but I’m especially in love with the color palette. The pops of mustard are perfect!!

  9. What a cool way to use up scraps.

    I think it would be fun with patterned fabrics for a brooch or something fun for a hat or sandals. Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to try this out.

    • Agreed – so many fabulous applications!

  10. Lisa

    These are gorgeous and easy (although I never would have guessed). Thank you for sharing!

    • Of course, Martha Stewart has been so generous letting me share a couple of fabulous tutorials!

  11. {leah}

    These are gorgeous! Hope your Mother’s Day was still amazing, despite the absence of your husband.

    • Hi Leah,
      Thank you so much! We had a lovely Mother’s Day! I so appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment and thanks too for the share!!

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  13. Beth

    These are so pretty! I hope that you had a lovely Mother’s Day!

    • Hi Beth! it was an absolutely lovely Mother’s Day – thank you so much!

  14. charli

    beautiful idea for my first adventure with my first sewing machine! i can’t wait to try this lil DIY

    • Charli, this makes me so happy to hear! Enjoy. May it be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

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  16. Monica

    These are lovely! They can be used for SO MANY different projects!!

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  18. Kandace

    These are so beautiful and easy to make. Can’t wait to go get my fabrics and make my own flowers for baby headbands! Now I don’t have to order them anymore. Thanks so very much for sharing with all of us….

    • Your welcome, Kandace! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  19. Lauren

    Loved this tutorial! The flowers turned out wonderfully. Thanks so much for posting this!

  20. Lovely. Must try! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. VIVIE

    Awesome–and so beautiful–leave it to Martha!!!

  24. Rachel

    These are stunning! So pretty and so many great applications! I would love to link to this post if you didn’t mind!

    • Rachel, I am so glad you like them. You are welcome to link to this post, however, you cannot share the tutorial photos. You may share the beauty shot with appropriate links and with credit to the photographer. Thanks so much for leaving a comment!

  25. Jodi

    Such a simple technique with such a great outcome. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Wow, this is so cool! I definetly will use this idea for one of my photoshoot! Thanks ;)

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