18 Fabric Flower Crafts To Brighten Winter Days

When the weather is just barely above freezing, it’s hard to think about flowers. In fact, it’s during this time of year that  you begin to forget what warm weather feels like and pretty flowers look like. It’s easy to let the cold and dreary temperatures bring you down, but what you might not know is that there are so many crafty ways to channel spring no matter the time of year.

With a little fabric (this is a great way to use up scraps!), you can create posies to wear, display and show off.

18 Fabric Flower Crafts To Brighten Winter Days

 

How to Make Fabric Flowers

Scrap Fabric Rosette Barrette – If you want to add DIY fabric flowers to your look, create these homemade barrettes. This is a quick and easy project that’s perfect for beginners and young crafters.

Ribbon Flower Pins – Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and rock one of these delicious flower accessories.

Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers – When you have an old t-shirt on hand, there’s no need to invest in fabric. In fact, that’s all you need to get started on this pretty project.

Coffee Stained Roses – The next time you spill coffee on a white shirt, make one of these flowers. In just minutes, you can turn stained fabric into DIY fabric flowers.

Mitzi’s Fabric Flowers – Chose assorted fabric scraps to make your flowers really stand out. Find ow to make fabric flowers that work on their own or as part of a bouquet.

Strip Fabric Flower – In just eight simple steps, you can learn how to make a fabric flower that looks unlike anything else. All you need is muslin to get started on this project.

Charming Hair Flower – Little girls will love sporting this delightful flower in her hair. DIY fabric flowers are always in season, so have her wear one when the weather is freezing.

No Sew Fabric Flower Bouquet – No needle? No problem! Use hot glue to construct your own fabric flowers.

Fabric Flower Bouquet – When it comes to this bouquet, the more fabric scraps you have, the better! If you’re making fabric flowers, why stop with one?

 

Even More DIY Fabric Flowers

Dyed Ribbon Flower – Use white ribbon to design your own one-of-a-kind flower. While you’re at it, make a whole bouquet!

Ric Rac Rose Rings – A little bit of ric rac can make a huge difference with this innovative jewelry project.

Multiple Use Fabric Flowers – The name says it all – you can do so much with these DIY fabric flowers!

Outstanding Organza Flowers – If you have a needle and thread, you can create your own version of this elegant project. Learn how to make a fabric flower that’s both delicate and dainty.

Stamped Fabric Flower Garden – The button embellishment take these free DIY fabric flowers to a whole other level. Make a bunch and use them as a display on your table.

Quilt Scrap Flowers – Don’t throw out that old quilt! Instead, use the fabric to create personalized flowers.

Roses, Ribbon & Chain Bib Necklace – Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve – it’s all about flowers on your neck. Once you find out how to make fabric roses, you’ll never want the real thing again.

Burst of Color Fabric Flowers – No-sew fabric flowers are perfect for non-sewers. Pick colorful fabric so your posies stand out.

Radiant Ruffled Blossom Bouquet – Start with basic white cotton fabric and use dye to turn each flower into a unique piece of art.

 

What’s your favorite flower?

 

 

DIY Flowers to Combat March (Snow) Showers

This has been one of the longest winters ever! This season, we set new records for cold temperatures and snowfall across the country … and there’s really no end in sight. It’s time to start channeling spring and crossing our fingers for warmer weather. Since it’s too cold to get out and garden, why not create your own flower crafts? These handmade designs never wilt or die, making them a great alternative to the real thing! Say goodbye to winter blues and hello to summer sun with the free craft tutorials featured in FaveCrafts’ recent eBook, 17 Flower Craft Ideas: How to Make Paper Flowers, Easy Fabric Flowers and More!

 

This eBook is filled with projects for every kind of crafter. If you love paper, fabric, or yarn, you’ll find a project that fits your style. Also, there are a ton of crafts for beginners and kids. Basically, this is a one-stop-shop for all things flower crafts.

 

Fabric Flowers

Got scraps? We’ll we’ve got projects just for you! Don’t throw away those oddly shaped leftovers from your last craft project. Instead, save them and use them to create the flowers in this free eBook. You can make embellishments, accessories and so much more with only a few inexpensive supplies. Try out a project and see how easy these crafts are; before you know it, you’ll be hooked on these fabric craft ideas!

Strip Fabric Flowers

Sheer Spring Flowers

Ribbon Flower Pins

Coffee Stained Roses

 

 

Paper Flowers

It’s time to change the way you think of paper crafts. Be honest – do you imagine preschool crafts with glue, scissors and a piece of bright-colored construction paper? Well, leave those ideas behind, because these paper flower crafts are anything but juvenile. You can use everything from crepe paper to recycled newspaper for these fabulous florals. As with the fabric crafts, dig into your scraps and discover how much you can make with a few odds and ends. Give someone you love a paper bouquet or add a flower to something you already own – you’ll love the look of these inexpensive DIY designs?

Faux Calla Lily

Funny Flowers

Crepe Paper Rose Bouquet

Blooming Scrapbook Flowers

 

 

 

For all of these crafts and more, download a copy of 17 Flower Craft Ideas: How to Make Paper Flowers, Easy Fabric Flowers and More – it’s free!

 

 

 

 

 

What is one craft you plan to make this spring?

Keep Them Forever: Free Fabric Flower Tutorials that Last a Lifetime

What’s more miraculous than a bed of daisies blooming in your front yard or a fresh bouquet of roses from your main man? The vibrant colors and shapes from all types of flowers make them one of life’s miracles. It’s too bad they die so quickly. At AllFreeSewing, we grieve as much as you do over flowers’ short lives; that’s why we gathered some of our favorite fabric flower tutorials and put them into one eBook. Tired of sulking over the fleeting lives of flowers, we’re pleased to present Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers.

Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers eBook

From the designers who know how to create flowers with their eyes closed come these seven fabric flower tutorials. Best of all, you can enjoy these fabric flower tutorials at no expense. Follow these tutorials from start to finish with excellent instructions and beautiful photographs from the designers themselves. Seven sets of instructions will yield seven fabric flowers of various style and size. Use these beautiful blossoms in your home decor or as accessories; the choice is entirely yours.

Have we whet your appetite for these fabric flower tutorials yet? For a sample of what you’ll find in Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers, read on.

Here are some of the projects you’ll find in Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials

Obi Belt TutorialObi Belt Tutorial – Part of why the Obi Belt Tutorial makes it into the Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers eBook is because it’s a two-in-one project. Designer Tamara from Etcetorize cleverly walks you through the steps to sewing a flower out of taffeta and making a belt. These are two essential lessons that any aspiring sewer should know. Bonus tips and tricks such as singeing fabric are delivered in these absolutely accessible instructions. What are you waiting for? Find out how to create this blooming belt right here.

Denim Flower CorsageDenim Flower Corsage – If you’re the type that fancies some more bloom for your buck when it comes to home decor, skip the accessories and see what Fabulous Fabric Tutorials has to offer by way of domestic design. Take this Denim Flower Corsage project from Sachiko from Tea Rose Home. Apart from the overall loveliness of this fab flower, we were attracted by the upcycling aspect that this project involves. Thanks to this sewing project there’s no need to mourn over those too-tight jeans anymore. Follow this fabric flower tutorial on how to make a denim corsage and watch your duckling-esk jeans turn into a swan-like flower corsage that you can proudly display on a purse, sweater, or anything in need of a little glam.

Trust us, this isn’t just a flowery speech. Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers is an eBook that will remain a favorite on your digital bookshelf for years to come.

Find five more free tutorials on how to make a fabric flower right here.

How to Make Fabric Rosettes

A blooming bouquet  is a sure fire way to brighten up a day. I guess that’s why we love getting flowers (gentlemen take note)! Unfortunately, it can get  pretty pricey to buy fresh flowers everyday. That’s why these fabric rosettes are a perfect sewing project!

If you have lots of ribbon and fabric scraps lying around then you have the makings of your own fabric floral garden. Embellish your purses, cardigans, jackets, headbands and whatever else you can find with these pretty rosettes. They’re a great way to liven up your wardrobe, home decorating, or even your wedding. Best of all, they never wilt!

These fabric flowers might look intricate but they are actually really easy to make. This video tutorial takes you step by step through the process.

How to Make Fabric Rosettes:

Can’t get enough of fabric flowers?  Here are some more sewing projects you’ll love:

What are you going to decorate with your fabric rosettes?

 

Summer Sewing Trends: The Projects We Know You Love & More

Every season brings a new round of sewing trends. This summer, we’re seeing tons of fabric baskets and fabric flowers popping up. We can’t blame you for loving these simple ideas. Not only are they easy and fun to make, they’re totally useful. We can all use the extra storage and organization these handy fabric baskets and boxes offer. And who doesn’t love easy fabric flower patterns? Embellish any of your otherwise ordinary clothing items with them or even attach them to head pieces to create a stylish hair accessory.

All of the ideas found on AllFreeSewing are chosen with the readers in mind. We’ve already featured some of these projects in our newsletter, Sewing It Up and since we’ve seen such a positive response, we know you’ll enjoy other similar ideas.

 

Fabric Baskets and Boxes

Denim Fabric Basket Tutorial: Use all those outgrown jeans to create these handy supply basket. You’ll learn how to make a fabric basket which you can use to organize almost anything! It’s a great refashioning project that’s really useful.


French Desk Set Basket Liner: Instead of letting magazines and table books clutter your home, make this lovely fabric basket and neatly organize your reading materials and other belongings. Once you know how to make a basket lining you can redecorate all of your baskets.

If you like these basket ideas, you’re going to love:

 

Easy Fabric Flower Patterns

Fabric Flower Tutorial: Use this tutorial to create lovely Daffodils that will brighten up your living space. Learn how to make fabric flowers with this step by step project. They’re cute and cheerful!

 

How to Make a Gathered Fabric Flower: It’s easier than ever to make your own fabric flowers with this tutorial. Make fabric flowers for your hair, your clothes, or just to have around the house.

 

For even more free fabric flower patterns, check out these other ideas:

 

 

What’s your favorite sewing trend this summer?

 

 

 

Guest Post: How to Make Flowers out of Common Household Items

This guest post was written by Anna Ketz

Nothing says, “I love you,” better than a flower, and a whole bouquet of blossoms can melt the coldest heart. It can be fun to surprise your significant other with a bouquet of flowers made from common household items such as napkins and ribbons. Although real flowers can outshine origami flowers with their delicious scent, origami flowers can be intricate and beautiful. They can cost a lot less than the real thing, and they will definitely last quite a while longer.

A special origami flowers delivery to the doorstep of your other half can put a creative twist on the common romantic flowers delivery routine. Here are a few craft flowers you can make out of common household items.

Napkin Flower
To make an intricate napkin rose complete with an intricate napkin stem and leaf, start by unfolding a regular napkin to its full size. Place two fingers against one side of the unfolded napkin and begin to roll it into a tube around your fingers. When the entire napkin is rolled loosely into a tube, remove your fingers and pinch off the tube about an inch or two from the top.

The top part of the tube will be the blossom. Twist downward about two inches from the section of the tube that you pinched off. This will be the stem. Make sure the napkin is tightly twisted into a stem-like configuration. Your creation should now look like half a dumb bell.

Now it’s time to make the leaf. Find a loose corner of napkin down at the bottom part of your creation, and pivot it backward along your stem until it is in just the right position to become a leaf. Pinch it off at just the right height for a leaf, and continue twisting your napkin stem into a tight roll until you reach the bottom of the napkin. Peel the leaf slightly apart from the stem until it looks right. You can repeat this with as many napkins as you wish to get an entire bouquet of napkin roses.

Ribbon Rose
Cut a long length of ribbon from the colored spool of your choice. At about the midpoint of your cut length, fold the ribbon over itself so that it makes a ninety degree angle. You should see about half your ribbon streaming down, the other half streaming out to the right, and a tiny triangle in the middle where it is folded over itself.

Fold the bottom length upward over the triangle, and then fold the side length backward over the triangle. Continue folding the legs over each other and over the triangle in the center until you run out of ribbon. Hold the two crossed ends and let the rest of the folds go. Your ribbon should look like a colored accordion.

To finish off your ribbon rose, hold the creation between two fingers with the two crossed ends sticking out below and the accordion part coming out the other side. Grab one of the ends and pull it down firmly. The accordion will be pulled inward and will spiral into a beautiful rose-like creation.

Clover Flower Frill Templates Giveaway

Fabric flowers are so popular right now, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to make them. Following a pattern is always a good idea, but using an easy “flip and fold” template is an even better idea! The Flower frill templates come in four different sizes, two sizes per pack, and each pack comes with two copies of each template (so you and a friend can make flowers together!).

We’re giving away a copy to one lucky winner!

Learn more and enter for a chance to win!

Contest ends May 20, 2011.

How to: Host a Wedding on the Cheap

If you’re a FaveCrafts blog reader, you’ve probably seen my “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards that I made with the Cricut Expression 2. That was just the beginning of my wedding crafting! I’ve got 14 long months until my wedding, and in that time I hope to make more wedding related crafts (and write more wedding craft blog posts) than you’d care to see. I’m a craft enthusiast to begin with (which is why I write about crafts for a living), so I am crafting for fun. But one major benefit to crafting for your wedding is the amount of money you can save! Here are some ways I’ve found to host the wedding of your dreams on a tight budget with crafting.

  1. Make your own veil, hair accessories, and jewelry. If you’ve never planned a wedding, you’d be absolutely shocked to see how much veils can cost. Why are they so expensive? It beats me–they’re just a piece of tulle or lace! Here’s a video tutorial that will teach you how to make your own veil (and you don’t even need to know how to sew!):

    For jewelry ideas, check out our free eBook, 25 Easy to Make Homemade Jewelry Ideas. These Vintage Inspired Dangle Earrings are my favorite, and they’re perfect for a bride’s “something old.” If you’re not the veil-wearing type (or if you’d like to channel the Royal Wedding), try your hand at a homemade fascinator:
  2. DIY the flowers. Another price shocker that comes with wedding planning is the floral budget. I used the budget tool on TheKnot.com to see what percentage of my (meager) budget I should allocate to flowers, and it spit out $1,600! The good news is that I don’t have to spend nearly this much if I make my own faux flowers! Handmade flowers are super trendy right now, and they can be made of paper or fabric. I’m definitely planning on making these adorable kissing balls from The Idea Room:

    They’re made out of crepe paper! You can also use silk flowers to make your bouquets and decorations. We’ve got a beautiful DIY pomander project on FaveCrafts made of silk flowers, the Rose Bouquet Ball:

    I also love the idea of using vintage brooches instead of flowers for your bouquets. I found this one on Ruffled:

  3. Use handmade centerpieces. For my centerpieces, I’m planning on making these pretty yarn balls from Make and Takes:

    and these gorgeous paper globes from Sweet and Lovely Crafts:

    I’ll fill tall cylinder vases with these inexpensive decorations and top it all off with something else homemade–possibly one of the pomanders from above!

I haven’t gotten all of my wedding craft ideas down yet, but these are the ones I’ll be tackling first.

Do you guys have any other ideas for me? What did you DIY for your own wedding?

How To: No-Sew Fabric Flowers for Mom

You might be wondering what you can make for your mom this year. Mother’s Day is coming up on May 9 – so you have some time to sort it out. I personally love working with fabric to make lovely embellishments for clothing, purses or head gear. Fabric flowers make great embellishments for cards and wall decor as well because they’re so versatile depending on what kind of fabric you choose.

So for today, think about all the crafts you could make if you had a stock of fabric flowers on-hand. The great thing about these fabric flowers is that they are no-sew, just hot glue. I’m planning to make fabric flower-embellished greeting cards for the women in my life, and a special one for my cousin who is a new mom!

I found a fantastic video on YouTube by LiveLoveScrap that shows how to make a no-sew fabric flower in a few easy steps. Using adhesive felt backings, you can stick these flowers to anything!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100% Polyester Fabric – fun prints or bright solids will work great
  • Die Cut circle #2 – or cut a circle with a 1 to 2-inch radius
  • Adhesive Felt
  • Hot Glue Gun

Enjoy the video and post comments letting us know how your fabric flowers turned out!