gathered flower {tutorial}

A few months ago my sister found a really cute burlap table runner with three fabric flowers on each end. She loved it, but didn’t really love the crazy-expensive price tag. So she asked me to re-create the flowers to attach to her handmade burlap table runner and this is what I came up with.

gathered flower

Here is what you’ll need:


:: fabric {linen, canvas, wool, felt – something slightly sturdy}

:: template {download here or at the bottom of post}

:: scissors, needle, thread

:: something pretty for the center {rhinestone, old brooch, a button}

STEP ONE: print template and cut out petals


There are two templates available for download: small and large. I used the small for this example and the large for the pillows. You can certainly adjust the size and shape to your liking and disregard the template altogether if you prefer.

STEP TWO: cut petals


I fold the fabric so that I only have to cut once.

cut fabric

You’ll need FOUR large petals and THREE small


STEP THREE: gather the center of each petal


Make a running stich through the center, then pull the thread taught, wrap it around the center a few times and make another stitch through the center. Knot it off and cut the thread.


You’ll have this:


all the petals

STEP FOUR: stack the petals


Start with the large,

stack the petals

then layer on the small.

small petals on top

STEP FIVE: stitch the petals together


Just stitch back and forth through the center several times to secure the layers.

STEP SIX: embellish the center


a little dab of hot glue does the trick.


This size is just right to attach to a headband



And do you remember this cute flower pillow? It is part of this month’s giveaway {have you entered for a chance to win? You can do it here}. I made it out of felt then stitched directly onto the pillow.

blue pillow

If you would like to make a few of your own, please feel free to download my templates:

small-gathered-flower-template large-gathered-flower-template


Note: to make a fuller flower keep the center a bit wider than on the template.


I hope you are enjoying flower week! Come back tomorrow for another great flower project.

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76 Responses to gathered flower {tutorial}

  1. Jenn May 5, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I am LOVING your flower week! Thanks for sharing the awesome tutorials. You are very talented.

  2. Lindsey May 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I just made this flower last night, and I love it! I had everything on hand to make it, for once. I’ve been to “tight” to go and purchase a hot glue gun.

  3. Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista May 6, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    I am loving your flower series, great job putting them togeher!!

  4. Nicole Parker May 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    This is my favorite! I’m getting married this year… I have a feeling these flower tutorials will come in handy in terms of bridesmaid gifts! :)

  5. Suzanne May 11, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    These are gorgeous! And so easy I think even I might be able to do them. Thank you for sharing.

    I wanted to let you know I liked it so much I linked you on my website

  6. nicci May 22, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I know this may sound funny but I am working on redoing my bedroom. I want a earthy/romantic style room. My husband and I have all white furniture and I am looking to find a linen duvet or comforter the color of the burlap flower you made…any thoughts or suggestions on where I could find such a thing/or make? I am not even sure what to call that color…any help would be great! Thanks!

  7. Elssy May 31, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    good contribution, thanks! from Colombia-Medellin

  8. LauraLee June 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    I just made a pillow with one of these pillows on — I had my husband print out your template even bigger to fill a 14″ pillow and it turned out great! (I’m giving it tom my sister for her b-day) Thanks so much for the step by step tutorials you give. I really enjoyed flower week and am still working on trying all the great ideas.

  9. Sara @ It's Good to be Queen June 16, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    where do you buy your linen?

  10. Kendra June 26, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    This is so fun! Thanks for the great tutorial, I will be using this on a few projects coming up. :)

  11. Irene July 31, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Janeen Donati August 25, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    I found your site via Modern Frills… 100% ADORABLE and super creative!! GREAT IDEA!

  13. Alice Goncharenko September 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Emily~ Would you mind sharing the font you used at the top of the “gathered flower” tutorial? I believe I’ve seen you use it before, and it is absolutely GORGEOUS! I am a font lover and this one made my heart race. :)
    …and, as always, I LOVE the tutorial! Thanks for all the great ideas you share-
    I truly mean that. I go through my inbox hoping that I will see “emily” buried in the piles of cyber junk mail.

  14. Gina Hill November 4, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you so much for the flower tutorials : ) I’m new to your website and to crafting things myself, although I have always loved watching other folks make amazing things. I’m planning to make a bunch of flowers for the holidays (garlands, wreaths, gift bows, etc.). Again, a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to pass on the knowledge : )


  15. Jeana February 4, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Your blog is one of my faves!!

    I was wondering where u found that gorgeous felt? LOVE the color!


  16. Ajrinarin February 12, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    COOL TUTORIAL! thank you thank you!!! :*:*

  17. Judy Anderson February 27, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Finally a simple-to-make beautiful fabric flower….I love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  18. Sarah September 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Would you please tell me where you bought the large crystal looking things you glued to the center of the flower?. I can’t seems to find anything that looks quite right.

    • emily September 12, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      I bought it in a little pack at the craft store. I’m not sure exactly what it is called – just acrylic jewels, maybe? Hope this helps.

  19. trish Alexander January 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I just printed out your calendar and I’m now sure when you made the comment, but you indicated you had a minor meltdown, but that your husband might not consider it minor. It brought a thought to mind that it means you are not perfect, although your website indicates that to the contrary. But the important thing about not being perfect is that you do this, you wig out occasionally and unlike Martha (who I really do love) it means that you wont’ end up in jail. See, wigging out has it’s advantages.

    Just be you girl, clearly, we all need you to be just who you are. Perfectly capable of a meltdown. Perfect site. This place is so amazing, it hits all my right buttons, you know the creative ones where joy is found.

    Thanks for doing all of this. Trish


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