Can't find the flowers you need in your party colors? Make your own fabric flowers in a few easy steps out of scrap fabric you already have at home. These fabric roses are great as Beauty and the Beast roses, Bachlorette party roses, or as the yellow rose of Texas for your Cowgirl party. The possibilities are endless!
It seems a lot of the parties that I've been working on lately have needed flowers. Although I live in a much bigger town than I did six months ago, I'm still having trouble finding flowers in colors matching my party color palette.
Am I the only one that wants to take a can of spray paint to just about everything they craft?
Since I decided that probably wouldn't work for my needs, I have been trying to find a way to make fabric flowers that I could DIY. It took some time but I finally discovered how to make fabric flowers from scrap fabric. (Because scrap fabric is so much cheaper than buying more!)
The best thing about these flowers is that they can be made in any color, so you'll always have the right colored flowers for your needs. You can also make them in any size. The bigger the width of your fabric scrap and the longer your fabric, the larger the flower is going to be. Just play around with it to get the perfect size fabric flower.
To make your own fabric flowers, you'll need:
- scrap fabric (mine is cut into one inch widths and 21 inch lengths)
- floral ribbon
- floral wire
Start by folding your fabric into a right angle turn about 1 inch from the end of your fabric scrap. You will want the turn to be tight and crisp, so fold it sharp and then run your iron quickly over the edge to tighten the crease.
Turn your fabric in a counter clock wise direction and turn down your fabric scrap into another right turn. You'll end up with a point. If your fabric isn't double sided, you'll have alternating color and back side showing. Crease the edges down again with your iron.
Keep turning and creasing your fabric until you are down to about two inches left on your scrap.
Once you are down to the last two inches of fabric, insert a pair of tweezers from the backside of your fabric square up through to the top front. Grab the end of the two inches of fabric and pull it through the square and down to the back.
Continue to pull the two inches of fabric down through the rose until you end up with a tight rose bud shape at the top front of your rose.
While holding on to the back end of the rose, start turning the center rose bud clock wise to rotate the fabric flower into a rose shape.
Once your scrap fabric resembles a rose, take a piece of floral wire and wrap it around the base of your flower in the back. Make sure it's tight to allow the flower to keep it's shape. If you want the base of the flower to be bendable to resemble a boutineer, keep wrapping the wire down over the excess fabric. This will allow that fabric to bend into any shape you need.
Finish the flower off by wrapping the base of your rose and floral wire with floral tape. Wrap securely and completely all the way down the stem to cover all the fabric.
Make a bunch of these fabric flowers in red so you will have the Beauty and the Beast rose at your movie viewing party. Or make some yellow fabric flowers for a cowboy party and the yellow rose of Texas. Or enjoy a Bachlorette themed party with your girlfriends and give everyone a rose at the end of the night. The possibilities are endless!