rolled fabric flowers {tutorial}

Perhaps you’ve seen this flower elsewhere : it is a popular one.  There are many different ways to roll and fold the fabric for different looks, but today I’ll show how I make these rolled fabric flowers.


Here’s what you’ll need:


:: fabric

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun {you could also hand stitch if you prefer}

STEP ONE: cut fabric into strip


For this 2 1/2″ flower, the strip is 2 1/4″ x 28″

I tear the fabric both for ease and because I like the frayed edges


STEP TWO: fold strip in half


STEP THREE: roll end into a ball for the center


Add a dab of hot glue to hold securely

STEP FOUR: twist and roll


starting with the strip held straight, twist away from the center


then roll around the center


Did you get that? Twist away


then roll.



Every few twists you can add hot glue to hold


Keep twisting and rolling to your desired size


STEP FIVE: finish the back


Leave a bit of fabric at the end so that you can flip it over the back


add hot glue


and trim the ends



The back will look like that and the front looks like this:


I attached a mini flower {and felt leaf} to a hair clip for the baby



and added one to a piece of thin elastic for a dainty headband


A bundled group of funky flowers makes a fun belt when pinned to a grosgrain ribbon.


For this pillow I cut up an old shirt and used the material to hot glue a enormous flower to an existing pillow.


I can’t decide if I’m in love, but it was super easy and a good mindless activity while the kids were out making mud pies in the back yard. You should have seen their muddy little bodies when they were finished. Oh my.



So have you enjoyed flower week so far? I hope I’ve given you the inspiration and easy steps for making a few of these blossoms. I’ve heard from many that it is teacher appreciation week and a few of the flowers have been made for the sweet ladies who teach our kids. I’m sure they love receiving a hand-made gift! And, of course, we have Mother’s Day on Sunday and what mom doesn’t like a flower?!  So keep creating and I’ll be back tomorrow with one more flower tutorial.

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94 Responses to rolled fabric flowers {tutorial}

  1. penny schierling April 6, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    great tutorial for the sweet fabric flowers. the large flower on the pillow looks beautiful. although this tutorial is from 2011 i have to say your little one is beautiful, precious & downright adorable. she has eyes that almost appear to b dancing. i know she’s older now but i’m sure those mesmerizing eyes are still the same enchanting eyes she had with that tutorial. never have commented on anything but i love the flowers & her happy eyes. enjoy her enjoy life penny

  2. Josie McHale February 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    What a great idea! Flowers from fabric … genius! Simple and easy to do. I cannot wait to try it!

  3. Tracie Gulit- the bunch November 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi There! I’ve included your tutorial as a part of my blog post! Thank you for it- and I’d love to have you stop by and check it out!
    the bunch

  4. Emily @ Not So Idle Hands October 3, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    This is so cute and the tute is great…Thanks! I linked up here:

  5. Heidi August 28, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    How much fabric was needed for your pillow flower? Thanks gor the tutorial!

  6. Feni January 1, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    nice, I like it. :)

  7. star September 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I have to say that I wasn’t expecting to be burnt by hot glue so many times :) but flower turned out nice :)

  8. Emily Carl July 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Em, It’s Emily Carl. I have a question to ask you. Could you please email me? Thanks friend! I love all of your hard work and talent!!! I am so impressed!

  9. Amy June 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Cute tutorial! I love that pillow!!!! I never thought of doin a rolled flower on that scale before:) I linked up to you here:

  10. fabric flowers November 23, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    Very nice tutorial about making fabric flowers, information at its best! Thank you for sharing this list

  11. silvia November 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks for this tutorial: it’s really amazing and so helpful.
    I linked it here on my blog

  12. Sierra October 7, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    I wanted to know what fabric you used for this flower?

  13. Aariia October 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    really cute… i loved these pretty flowers.. thanks a lot for sharing.. :)

  14. Lindsey September 17, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    or I should say.. easier than I thought it was before seeing this! Thanks!

  15. Lindsey September 17, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    This is so much easier than it looks! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  16. Vanessa@DesignsbySessa September 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Thanks! Just what I needed tonight to make some cute flowers! Your flower tutorials are the BEST!

  17. Natalie August 23, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    I LOVE these flowers and have been practicing on some scrap fabric I have. However my flowers are scrunchy, bulby, buds mre than your flat thin flowers. Any suggestions on how I can skinny them up? Thanks!

  18. Emily June 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    I found your website on And I think I’ve fell in love with your cute and easy projects! You describe them great and I’m excited to try some in my free time this summer! Thanks again, this website is just amazing.

  19. Kristiana June 16, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Mine came out soo cute! I used an old scarf that belonged to my late grandmother. Now I still have the scarf but in another form that will last longer.

    Many Blessings,

  20. Laura June 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Emily I love your blog !!! When you made the flower on the pillow how much fabric did you use ? I would love to try this :)

  21. Shawna Rae May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I so LOVE these flowers. I couldn’t wait to get home and find some fabric. I made three and had to share them on my blog – included a link for this tutorial. Thank you for sharing this!! :-)

  22. Water Extraction May 20, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    These are really pretty and easy to make.

  23. Sarah May 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I LOVE the pillow! I love your tutorials as well! I am a ruffle, grosgrain ribbon, flower lover! All those things together make me one happy girl! SO this is a VERY happily read post! ; ) The belt is adorable!

  24. Clarissa Shaw May 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I’ve made these flowers for multiple projects including headbands for my niece but I can honestly say that I want that belt! :D So cute and such a great idea!

  25. nancy schmidt May 10, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    i made a sweet bunch of three out of navy blue, light blue, and white t-shirt material and am just thinking of where they belong. thank you for such a great tutorial – you are just amazing!

  26. Rachael May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    OK, love this flower too! Super easy and so versatile. Again, thanks for sharing! Loving your blog!

  27. Tabitha May 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I gave this a link on my blog. It’s scheduled to post Monday, May 8 at 8am EST (tomorrow morning). These are such pretty and easy flowers. I had a lot of fun making them. Thanks again for the tutorial.

  28. Sheila May 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    OMGoodness! This pillow is tdf! Love it!

  29. cheryl May 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    YOU could sell these flower pillows, girl!!!! LOVE THEM!!!!! Question?? What type of fabric did you use on the gray one?? Happy Mother’s Day. . . . ..

  30. Chelsie May 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    LOVE these… making some headbands for my girlfriends baby girl, I only have boys so I’m going crazy with all my friends babies!! :)

  31. Stacy May 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Thank you for flower week!! I’ve been wanting to make rolled flowers for awhile and your tutorial made them seem not so complicated. :) I made 3 new hairbows for my little girl and the only reason I stopped was because I ran out of glue sticks!

  32. Jessica May 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I love your belt and I really love the pillow! Thank you so much for flower week… this NW spring hasn’t nearly been sunny enough (I’m trying to be patient) but your blooms provide so much cheer!

  33. Rebecca Brooks May 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I’m also loving your flower week!! Thanks for sharing!!

  34. Lynda May 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Your posts are all so pretty and that belt you created is fantastic!

  35. Sherri May 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    This is my fave flower yet! Can you suggest a good way to attach this flower to elastic for a headband?

  36. {darlene} May 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    oooh! I LOVE the pillow. yes. me likey.
    – {darlene}

  37. Tabitha May 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial. It’s given me a great idea for next week’s Makeover Monday. :-D

  38. Jodie M. May 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi Emily! Love all the flower tutorials! My son and I made some paper flowers for Teacher Appreciation week! Perfect timing! I just signed up for “Bloom” too, so I am excited to learn more in June!
    I have 2 questions for you:
    1) Will you be adding all the new tutorials you’ve done recently to your tutorials section? (ie, the woven pin board, all these sweet flowers, wire words, easter booklets, etc.)
    2) Could you tell me what paper stores are good around here? I am a local girl, from Bothell/Mill Creek, and I am looking for more specialty/fancy paper.

  39. denise sabia May 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Emily, you are the best. We made your paper flowers last night at a Girl Scout meeting and they were a HUGE hit. My 5 year old could keep them to herself, so she gave them to me last night for an early Mother’s Day. I’m off to make some for teachers. Thank you so much for the oodles of inspiration you provide.
    d e n i s e

  40. Rebecca May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I absolutely love flower week, I have been dying to know how to make those rolled flowers! I am going to decorate a canvas bag for my mother for mother’s day with this method. Thanks so much!

  41. Kimber-Leigh May 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    i’ve been loving this week on your blog! thanks for all the great ideas!

  42. Julie May 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I just made some rolled flowers a couple of weeks ago but I like your method better. I LOVE that pillow!

  43. Amy Giffin May 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Simply gorgeous! I have been wanting to attempt a flower pillow- this one is great for a gal who is afraid of her sewing machine. :) Thanks for such a fun and inspiring week!

  44. Ashley Ez May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    LOVE flower week. My favorite so far is the rolled paper flower. Can’t stop making them out of scraps of paper at work!

  45. Jenny - Sugar Loco May 5, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I adore the pillow!!! Everything is so cute.

  46. Ruth Abel May 5, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    totally darling! this is the best week ever. i say it should be flower Month! thanks for sharing these.

  47. chasity May 5, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    i AM in love with the huge flower pillow.
    and the theatre seating that it is resting on.
    how cool!

  48. rj May 5, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    This week has been so much fun. I finished a few of the gathered flowers to put on the end of a runner and they came darling. I’m definitely going to make the buttons flowers for future centerpieces for a party. And before the month is out I’d like to try all of your great flower ideas. I can’t wait for tomorrow. Thank you so much for so much inspiration. You are a most creative and generous lady and so appreciated. rj

  49. Amanda M. May 5, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I LOVE your pillow!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it. :) Everything this week has been awesome! Thank you so much, Emily!

  50. Abbey May 5, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Thank you for all the inspiration!!! I’m going to be sad when flower week is over!

  51. Shelley May 5, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    My head is going to explode with all these ideas! I need a JoAnn’s closer to my home! I have seen this flower and have wanted to know how they are made for a while. I should have known you would come up with a tutorial for all your adoring fans soon! Thanks so much!!!!

  52. Becky May 5, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    You have inspired a floral theme for my daughters first birthday party!! Thank you for all of these tutorials, I LOVE THEM ALL!!!!

  53. leah May 5, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    so cute! i love that belt you made!

  54. Ashley May 5, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I love the fabric you used…I’m in the mood to take my rosettes to the “fabric” level. I’ve been using ribbon and it is getting a little pricey! I need to try that huge rosette pillow. Can you please let me know what type of fabric you used? I am new to the crafting world!!

  55. Sarah Ann May 5, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I have LOVED flower week so far! Thanks for all the amazing inspiration!

  56. Tiffany A. Nelson May 5, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    I truly like this series, the mustard yellow paper flowers on Monday were my fav. I find I am drawn to blog series, something about the anticipation of waiting for the next post, because in a series they always seems to get better. Great job thus far.

  57. Meg May 5, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    My friend and I made it happen for onesies for a baby shower she was throwing. Pink and green were the colors…I think they turned out so cute!

  58. Natalia May 5, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    I love all the tutorials that you’ve shared! I made the paper flowers with my boys for teacher appreciation week! I plan on trying more of these. Thank you!

  59. Amanda Eck-TheEckLife May 5, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    ooohhh! I LOVE the large one on the pillow! and your belt is just lovely!

  60. Mariam May 5, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    I am so inspired by all the flowers this week. My third grade class will be doing a Mothers Day project today with one of your flower tutorials. The kids and I are excited.

  61. cailan May 5, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    So nicely done – love that blue. Of course I’ve seen these before but this makes me Want to make them quick!

  62. Jaclyn Mariani May 5, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    I have loved every flower tutorial this week so far! I have tried two of them and am really looking forward to sharing them with my daughter’s teacher and my mom for mother’s day. You are so creative and I am so thrilled that you take the time to share with us. Can’t wait for tomorrow :) Thanks!

  63. Erica May 5, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Thanks for all the flowers!

    Quick question, if you happen to have a moment to answer – Where is that map from? I love it! And I’m in the market for a big map to frame. I love the coloring on yours. Thank you!

    • emily May 5, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      The map is a piece of paper! It is by cavallini & co and I bought it for $4.95 at my paper store. Try googling and you should be able to find one online

  64. Rachael Parker May 5, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    I’ve been busy making these flowers for the last two days for mothers day magnet gifts :) Love the pillow!

  65. Cathy May 5, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Loving your flower tutorials this week…so many fun ones to try!

  66. LewelM May 5, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    That pillow is awesome! What material did you use? It almost looked like jersey! I might be inspired to use my large gray old tshirt collection to redo some of my pillows!

    • emily May 5, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      Yep, it is jersey

  67. Jessica May 5, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    This is so wonderful! I’ve been wanting to make these rolled fabric flowers…and I was hoping you’d do a tutorial soon. I always feel like a can trust a good tutorial from you, they are alwasy so helpful and easy to understand! The rolled paper flowers are absolutey wonderful, I’ve been addicted to making them all week. My house now has two new bouquets in vases that I love to keep out all the time, and now I can keep flowers in them that won’t wilt! Thanks for doing this, Emily!

  68. Laura Drewry May 5, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    I have enjoyed ALL of your tutorials SO MUCH!! Thank you for sharing!! I have made ALOT of flowers over the past week based off your tutorials and have had SO much fun doing them!=) In fact, my mom and sister are both receving flower pins as part of their Mother’s Day happies…and may just have to make them both a fabric flower pin, too!!
    Thank you so much again for sharing and have a blessed day and Mother’s Day!!!!!

  69. Andrea May 5, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Love this one too. I make these out of lightweight denim and my daughter loves wearing them in her hair when she wears jeans. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us tomorrow!

  70. fancythis May 5, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    oh my word….i LOVE that pillow!!!! you should decide that you’re in love with it to, because it’s spectacular!

  71. skye May 5, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    i love the enormous one at the end! thanks for sharing :) these are all very pretty flowers and it looks pretty simple!

  72. catherine May 5, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    love them all! thanks for sharing.


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