Because I sew every day, sometimes I like finding a project that requires no sewing!  Fabric flowers are so popular this year.  I had been wanting to make some for quite awhile, but never seemed to have the time.  Well, I finally got around to it last week.  I decided they would make great gifts for all my friends.  I scrounged through my bins and found a big piece of red felt, and a bag of leather scraps that I’ve been holding onto for many, many years.  The instructions are simple – you’ve got to try it!  For these flowers a stiff fabric works best, and if it doesn’t fray, that’s even better.

You could make about 5 flowers with 1/4 yd of fabric.  You will also need a glue gun and glue stick, something round to trace the backing, scissors, and a safety pin or brooch pin for the back of each one.  You could also glue them to a hair band or belt, or pin it to a hat.  Make some out of paper to decorate your presents, or pin them to a gift bag like I have (2 presents in one – or I guess that’s 3 including what’s inside the bag!)

First draw a simple flower on paper like the one shown.  It does not have to be perfect.  Mine is about 3″ x 3″ big.  Cut out your pattern and trace it on to the fabric 7 times for one flower.  You will also need 1 round piece for the back of the flower.  Cut out your pieces, making sure no ink shows.

Fold one piece in half, then in half again.  Cut off a small corner.

Keeping it folded, place a dab of glue on this spot and press it onto the circle of felt, a little to 1 side of the center.

Fold another piece, trim, glue and press it on the circle like this:

Add 2 more petals, so that the “points” are all touching, but leaving some room in the middle for the last 2 or 3 petals.

Add the last petals – I have used only 6 altogether in this one, because the felt is quite thick.  Glue a pin on the back and you are done!

Here are some I made from leather scraps.