Fabric Flowers

If a puffier look is desired, use 1/8 yard fabric strips and cotton batting. Otherwise, use jelly rolls (2 1/2" wide fabric strips) with no batting.

Materials for puffy flowers:

  • 1/8 yard fabric yields one flower (4-1/2 x 44)
  • 1 pkg craft size cotton batting cut into 2” wide strips
  • 3/8” wide dowels
  • Green floral tape
  • Staple gun/staples
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Needle and heavy duty thread (upholstery)

Materials for jelly roll flowers:

  • 1 jelly roll or assorted 2 1/2" wide fabric strips
  • 3/8” wide dowels
  • Green floral tape
  • Staple gun/staples
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Needle and heavy duty thread (upholstery)

Instructions for puffy flowers:

1. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise. Sandwich the 2”x 44” batting inside the long strip.

2. With very large running stitches, baste the raw edges together through all thicknesses.

3. Pull up the basting stitch. Secure one end of the strip to the dowel with a staple gun or hot glue gun.  Wrap the fabric around the dowel to form the flower.  When the flower is complete, hot glue the bottom catching the thread stitches.  Wrap the base of the flower with the floral tape. (Remember to stretch the tape as it is being wrapped).

4. Continue wrapping floral tape around the dowel.  Add leaves if desired at this point. Continue wrapping all the way to the end of the dowel.

Instructions for jelly roll flowers:

1. Select two fabric strips and put the wrong sides together.

2. With very large running stitches, baste one edge together through all thicknesses.

3. Pull up the basting stitch. Secure one end of the strip to the dowel with a staple gun or hot glue gun.  Wrap the fabric around the dowel to form the flower.  When the flower is complete, hot glue the bottom catching the thread stitches.  Wrap the base of the flower with the floral tape. (Remember to stretch the tape as it is being wrapped).

4. Continue wrapping floral tape around the dowel.  Add leaves if desired at this point. Continue wrapping all the way to the end of the dowel.

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