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Make it Do Gift Ideas: How to Make Fabric Flowers

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A few weeks ago, I decided to wander through Dear Lizzie, a small boutique near my home, to look for Handmade Christmas gift ideas.

Right as I walked in the door, I spotted the perfect project.  It was a darling fabric flower pin, and I knew it would be easy to make at home.  It’s a perfect gift for a friend, mother, sister, or even a teacher.  The flowers at Dear Lizzie sold for about $15 dollars, it cost me less than a dollar to make these.  And it was a quick project that took me less than half an hour.

Here’s what you need for the project:

  • A small amount of fabric- scraps of fabric from a past project are perfect!
  • Light weight iron-on adhesive like Heat n Bond or Wonder Under
  • Wool Felt- just a small amount.  Again scraps from another project work great.
  • Buttons, large crystal beads, lace, tulle or any other embellishment you love.
  • A hair clip or a pin
  • Click here for a printable template of the flower.

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1.  Place the template under your iron-on adhesive and trace all three flowers.  Roughly cut out around the flowers, leaving a little edge.

2.  Following the intructions for the iron on adhesive, iron to the wrong side of fabric.

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3.  Carefully cut out the flowers.

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4.  Peel backing from iron-on adhesive.

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5.  Iron the flowers to the wrong side of fabric.

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6.  Carefully cut around flower edge, making your flowers double sided.

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7.  Cut out three circles from the felt.  For the first circle, I used the top of a shot glass.  Next flip it over and trace the smaller bottom of the glass.  The last circle was about the size of a penny.  So you are basically going from large to small circles.  You can usually use a pencil to trace the circles onto the felt.

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8.  In the largest circle, cut two small slits, across from each other.  This will be to slip a hairclip or pin into, as you can see below.

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Remove clip before stitching felt into place.

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9.  Center largest circle onto largest flower and stitch around edge.  This may be done on the machine or by hand.

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10.  Layer large flower, then medium felt circle, then medium flower, small felt, the small flower.

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11.  Center a button in the middle of the flowers and using a heavy duty thread, and a sharp needle, stitch through all the layers to sew the layers together and the button into place.

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You can also use a layer of lace before you sew on the button.  Using long thread, I weave the needle in and out of the bottom of 7 inches of lace.  Then pull both ends of the thread and gather the lace in tight.  Tie the thread into a knot.  IMG_7816

Trim off the end of the lace.  I used my still attached needle to weave the two ends of the lace together.  This is an optional step.

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I used one less layer of flower for this flower pin. I stitched the lace to the flower below it, before securing the button.IMG_7846

These pins are perfect to embellish a purse… like this Swing Bag from Amy Butler.

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Or slip in a hair clip for a wonderful hair accessory.

These flower pins make a fun, easy and thoughtful handmade gift.  If you prefer one out of ribbon, don’t forget the tutorial for ribbon flower pins I made in the Spring… they would be wonderful in reds, greens, silver or golds for the Holidays.

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