DIY - How to make fabric flowers: Attaching fabric flowers to your creations

Posted by Administrator on 8/7/2013 to Tutorials / Craft ideas
One of the most popular fabric flowers in our range is the 'peony' fabric flower.  When I received my first shipment of this flower it immediately drew to mind my favourite flower ... the peony.  All bunched together, these flowers are full & GORGEOUS!  The 'peony' name has stuck ever since!

I often have customers at the markets asking "where would I use this flower" & "how do I attach them"? My answer is always "On everything!" & "very simply"!

To attach the fabric flowers I always begin by trimming the excess mesh off.

Step 1: Flip the flower upside down so you can see the mesh.
Step 2: Hold the petals out of the way & snip the excess mesh off.
Step 3: Not really a step ... just a photo of how the flower will now look.
Step 4: Flip the flower back over & find the centre section, ready for attaching to your creation.

How to Attach your Fabric Flower

Step 5: Find the centre of your fabric flower & hold it against your creation/garment (I'm using a child's singlet)
Step 6: Thread your needle with a like-coloured thread.  You won't need much thread for this project ... 30cm maximum.  Be sure to knot the end of the 2 or 3 times to stop it from being pulled right through your sewing project.  Pull the needle all the way through the flower/garment until the knot on the end hits the fabric.
Step 7: Now take the sewing needle and put it back through the fabric beside/on the other spot you went through and pull it all the way until you can't anymore.
With the the needle being on the other side now, go back through beside the spot that you came out of. Do this about 6 or 7 times to make sure it stays in place.  Once you're done, cut the thread, leaving enough to tie 2 or 3 knots to keep your sewing in place.

*If you're running out of thread on the needle, make sure you leave enough to tie 2-3 knots and cut it from the thread but not too close to the knot.

Q: Can I sew these on my sewing machine?
A: YES! Follow steps 1 to 4 and then sew back & forth on the sewing machine instead of steps 5-7.

Q: Can I glue these flowers onto clothes?
A: I don't recommend this because the glue will end up wearing off in the wash.  By all means, use a hot glue gun to attach them to hair accessories, home decor, scrapbooking ... basically anything that doesn't require washing.

Q: Can I machine wash these flowers?
A: Yes but I always recommend they be placed in a separate hosiery bag first so they don't catch of buttons & zips etc.   Do not dry in your drier though because the chiffon petals will shrivel up ... I learnt that the hard way!

The following photos are just a selection of creations I have made using these fabric flowers.  They are so versatile & perfect for adding inexpensive detail to your creations.

To purchase our peony fabric flowers please visit us a or follow this link HERE.

Below is an easy guide to embellish a store-bought singlet with our chiffon peonies in gorgeous shades of lilac & mauve.  Click HERE

Other related tutorials:
How to make flower bunting
Pink & lilac headband
How to decorate scarves
Vintage inspired Christmas wreath

Let me know how you love to use our peony range - or how you would use them if you haven't already! Currently we have 20 different colours in stock ... plenty to play with!  I can't wait to read your comments!