Five Minute Fabric Flowers

By Polly Conner
March 7, 2012

Looking for a cheap and easy craft project? One that takes close to five minutes once you get the hang of it? Look no further, my friends.

You can see my little lady modeling my newest creation below. I made this fabric flower and attached it to this warm, fuzzy hat that I picked up at a garage sale… talk about thrifty!

The thing I love about these fabric flowers is that you can do SO many things with them. You can make them hair accessories, headbands, garlands, broches, bag accessories, gift bows, etc. etc. I also love that you can sew a button in the middle of them to give the fabric flower an entirely different look.

Ready to make your own?

For instructions, keep reading!

1) Cut out 8 3×3 squares of fabric.

2) Fold in half. Now fold in half again.

3) Cut around the open edges to make it a rough looking heart. Don’t worry about preciseness. That’s the nice thing about these flowers, imperfection makes them look even better!

4) Squeeze the bottom together and run a needle through a couple of times. (Don’t secure a knot when done)

5) Repeat steps 2-4 and, sewing your bundled petals together each time. When all 8 pieces are sewn securely together, tie off your knot.

If you want to add a button, simply find a natural division in the middle to place the button and sew through the flower to secure the button. It’s that easy!

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27 replies
  1. Marcie M Heil says:

    I’m going to try this. My husband and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary in June. I want to make a corsage or pin for my sister and s-i-l who were my bridesmaids in 1971, out of the material that was left from their dresses. Am excited to try this idea.

  2. Lori m says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I’ve been looking for the perfect material flower to add to a purse I made my daughter, this is just what I wanted.


    Thank you so much for posting the directions for these cute flowers. I’m sure many people can see the finished product and figure out how to make them. On the other hand, there’s me! I need step-by-step tutorials for most everything in my life! And, I LOVE the idea of making a button center. Thanks again for your generosity.
    Barb from Ohio

  4. Terri says:

    Hi there I am well impressed with your fabric flowers! I have been searching for shoes to match my homemade Mother of the Bride outfit which should have been back in May 2020 but due to Covid its now April 2021. Which has actually given me time to rethink my shoes! I have ordered shoe clips and am using my own fabric from my outfit to make flowers and clip these onto the front of the open toe sandles that i already have!
    Quick question, what do i use for the base for petals to be stitched to and that will then be stitched to the shoe clips?

  5. Jean says:

    I’m new to your group and I’m looking for how-to’s for flowers. I like your material flower and I’m going to try it today😊

  6. Naomi says:

    Your design is great but I will be crafting flower crowns with children who may not be comfortable with sewing needles. Can a small claw clip be used to eliminate sewing completely?

  7. Tamsin says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve recently started volunteering with people with dementia. This little project would be a great way to get involved. I am going to put together a folder with project ideas for the care home. Would you be happy for me to use this project and your images?
    Thank you,

  8. Phoebe England says:

    I used this with a few other flower patterns and made my mother a bouquet for Mother’s Day! Thanks for your pattern I would have never thought to make them like this, it was so easy! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  9. Donna Suessen says:

    I can’t wait to make this accessory for my bows. I love making bows and I think this will add beauty to them. Thank you for the tutorial on how to make it.