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

    These are really pretty and easy to make.

  2. 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!! :-)

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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,

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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:

  15. 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!

  16. 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 :)

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

    nice, I like it. :)

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

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

  19. 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:

  20. 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

  21. 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!

  22. 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


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