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Fabric Flower Bouquet

If you love flowers but don’t love having to throw them out after your big day, a fabric flower bouquet is just the right thing.  Andrea Gray Harper shows us how to make this adorable bouquet – view the printable instructions here or follow along below!

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Supplies needed:

  • assortment of fabric (choose fabrics with a variety of different textures, for these we used silk, cotton, and linen. You can also use fabric remnants or scraps to add a vintage or sentimental feel)
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • fabric scissors
  • cardstock
  • fabric marker
  • buttons
  • felt flowers
  • ½ yard length of 2″ thick ribbon
  • floral cloth wire
  • felt circles
  • hand sewing needle
  • all-purpose sewing thread

Make Fabric Yo-Yo Flowers

1) Cut 6″, 5″, and 4″ diameter circle templates out of cardstock.  Trace an assortment of circles onto fabrics.

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2) Cut out all circles using fabric scissors.

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3) Thread your needle with the all-purpose sewing thread, knotting it at one end. begin to sew around the edge of the circle. As you stitch, begin pulling the thread, you will notice the fabric beginning to come together into lovely folds. Once the fabric ruffles enough that it begins to make a flower, knot your thread on the back (flat) side.

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4) Continue making yo-yo flowers until you have a variety of sizes and colors to choose from. Stitch beads to the center of each or glue buttons or pre-made felt flowers to the centers. You can also layer different sizes on top of one another.

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Construct the Bouquet

1) Bend the floral cloth wire in half and then bend the ends to create a flat surface for the flowers.

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2) Add hot glue to the back of the flower and attach the “stem” to it.

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3) Cover the stem with a piece of pre-cut felt and glue down the edges. This will give the flowers a more finished look.

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4) Do the same with the other stem. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have the desired amount of stemmed flowers.

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5) Begin to bunch all the stems together. Start wrapping some of the stems around the bundle to secure it in place. This will also shorten the stem so you can start to play with different stem heights.

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6) When you are happy with the size of your bouquet, tie the ribbon around the bundle for a finished look and enjoy!

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Tutorial by Andrea Gray Harper for Elizabeth Anne Designs. Images courtesy of Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.

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17 comments on “Fabric Flower Bouquet

  1. Erlinda Denise writes...

    PERFECT!!! I have been wanting to do this project for my toss bouquet!!

  2. Katy writes...

    How did you get your flowers to lay so flat? My fabric is puffed up. I was able to glue them down but I was just curious how you did it! I absolutely love this bouquet!

  3. Thanks for all the comments, I’m glad you like the bouquet! Katy-as you sew, and the yo-yo begins to form, try flattening it then, like as you go..and make sure that at the end you sew through both the top and bottom layer together, then knot your thread. Also, sometimes certain fabrics just work better than others. I prefer to use cottons, sometimes silks, and polyesters will give you that puffy look due to the nature of the fiber, so if you want a more flat look, try sticking with plant based fibers like cotton and linen. Hope this helps!

  4. Great project! I got married a few months ago and used your blog post (as well as a few others) to make my own wedding bouquet, 7 for my bridesmaids, and 1 to toss. It was a lot of fun and my bridesmaids loved the keepsake. I enjoyed making them so much that I put them on Etsy! Check out my shop:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsKinney

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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