DIY Tutorial - embellishing singlets with fabric flowers

Posted by Administrator on 10/21/2013 to Tutorials / Craft ideas
This tutorial is a follow-on from my post in July about using our range of fabric flowers (ie 'peonies). If you would like a recap on that ones, please follow this link HERE.

My eldest daughter (8yrs) went to a birthday party on the weekend and, true to form, I had completely forgotten to go present shopping.  Thankfully I have a stash of blank singlet tops and a plethora of fabric embellishments to play with so we hopped on the sewing machine and made one of these tops ... Done and dusted in 15 mins! 


  • Singlet 
  • Two shades of chiffon peonies. I used 4 blooms for this size 6 top. Available HERE
  • A Parisian rhinestone embellishment (ie the large, round embellishment with the gems in the centre). Available HERE
  • A brooch/tray back. Available HERE
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing machine (if you don't own one, you can just as easily use a needle and thread) 

It's important to lay out your embellishments prior to whipping them up on the machine ( well, until you've made enough of the tops that you could do them in your sleep).

Place the first flower high up on the shoulder. Open the bloom to the centre and pin it in place.

I like my flowers quite squashed together so they appear nice and full. So lift the bottom of the previous flower up a little bit and pin the new one close by. This top has 3 chiffon peonies travelling down the strap so pin them in place first.

Next, place your Parisian embellishment under the peonies so you can gauge where your final peony is going to sit.  I like to have the Parisian sitting slightly on top of the other flowers. Pin the peony in place but remove the Parisian. 

Now, take your singlet to your machine and sew the peonies in place. This is a very quick and simple step because each flower only needs a couple of stitches, back and forth, in the centre of the bloom. Just make sure you have tucked the top around your machine base so you don't sew the singlet together!

You can attach the large Parisian embellishment either by sewing in place or by attaching to a brooch clip so that it is removable. The embellishment can handle gentle washing in a washbag but removing the flower is the best way to prolong its life.

Heat your glue gun up (these are inexpensive and can be found in Kmart, dollar shops, and hardware shops) and squeeze a generous amount of glue into the metal tray. Avoid holding the tray because it heats up quickly and burns!

Position the felt side of the embellishment onto the glue and hold in place for a few seconds. I tend to attach the tray 1/4 of the way to the top of the felt, with the pin section to the top, so it hangs a little bit better.  

Don't forget to unplug the glue gun!

Once the glue has dried you can pin the brooch to your top & you are all done :)

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to give it a go yourself! I would love to see photos from anyone who has followed this or any of our other tutorials.

And if you are a Pinterest fanatic, like myself, I would welcome you to share the DIY love & pin this tutorial.  You can also follow me HERE.  xxx

Happy Creating!