Ruffly Flower Tutorial

These ruffly flowers are fast and easy to make! To get started you’ll just need a stack of fabric cut into squares. I used nine 3″ squares from knit fabric so it wouldn’t fray (you may want to use more squares for a fuller flower). Fold the square in half, in half again, then into a triangle as shown in the diagram below. Then cut a curve into the top of the triangle to form the petals.

Here’s my pile of cut flowers. You can see that they’re not exactly identical but it won’t be noticable in the final flower.

I found it easiest to fold the flower into quarters, and stick the needle through the folds and string them all together. Once you’ve run the thread through all the flowers, bring it back around to the beginning (upper right photo) and tie it off (lower photos). Once you’ve tied it off the flower petals will be in a circle. Set it on a flat surface and fluff out the petals. This version is ruffly on top and the bottom is flat. For a ball shape make two flowers the same size and then sew them together.

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My final flower arrangement! These are fun for headbands, shirt or bag embellishments, or just decoration.

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  23 comments for “Ruffly Flower Tutorial

  1. August 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks, Mary. Great tut and love these flowers.

  2. Brittany
    August 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I love this! I think I’ll have to make some for my girls before school starts. Also, I pinned it. :)

  3. August 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Very cute flowers! Would be a great addition to a cardigan

  4. August 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I love these! They are so cute. Need to think of somewhere to use them!

  5. August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Featured on FB!!! Thanks for linking up! Xoxo

  6. knittingnana
    August 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Super Tute. I saw these at the craft show recently and didn’t buy the pattern — just knew I could figure it out, Well, all I can say is. . . Thank goodness for you.

    • Grandma10
      October 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      I’m with you. It looks like something you can do without help, then, gulp, where do I go from here? There are several ways to do flowers. I like this one.

  7. August 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Genius! I love these.

  8. August 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

    lovely and nice!

  9. Jill
    August 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I love these flowers – and you made such a lovely clear tutorial too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. August 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Love the volume and dimension! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  11. August 27, 2011 at 12:54 am

    So fun! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great weekend!

  12. August 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

    So simple. love it! If you get a chance I would love you to link your flower up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there.

  13. August 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Great tutorial! I am totally going to make these. : )

  14. August 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm
  15. Linda L.
    December 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love these, and it looks like something I can actually do. I wonder, is this shareable on Facebook? I wasn’t sure how to do that, but I know there are other people on my friends list that would love to try this too. Thanks!

    • December 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Linda, there are some gray “share” buttons on the bottom of the post, and I believe it will pop it right up on your Facebook page if you are logged in. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. January 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

    New to your site – just adore the flowers. I hope to get back to my quilting soon and will certainly keep my eyes open for your lovely ideas. Thank you so much.

  17. Cindy Cook
    May 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Adore these flowers can’t wait to make them. Thanks for the great tutorial

  18. Gwen Schryver
    June 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Very easy and yet very pretty. I will be making this flower for a dress I am sewing on right now. The flowers will sit on my hat and match my dress. Thanks so much.

  19. May 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I was just playing around with this and found that you can change the angle and depth of how you cut the oval to get different looks. A broad, mildly oval cut gives you a four leaf clover look. I’m curious to find out if using different cuts/looks gives a different looking flower as the finished product. This is going to be fun. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  20. Adebimpe
    February 7, 2014 at 3:01 am

    This is really a wonderful craft.I so much love it.Thanks for the explanatory tutorial.Xoxo

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