starched flower {tutorial}

I never grow tired of making new flowers – as you can tell by the crazy amount of tutorials I have done on flower-making.  I saw instructions for a starched flower a few years ago in the Life:Beautiful magazine {a really lovely christian publication} which looked a bit like my very favorite flowers by EmersonMade. I’m not crazy about doing a complete copy of someone else’s signature flower, so this is my version, with a few of my own little tweaks.

starched flower

Here’s what you’ll need:

supplies for starched flower

:: fabric {linen works beautifully, as does a heavier cotton}

:: starch {if you can find heavy starch, go for it}

:: petal patterns {download mine below, or create your own}

:: felt circle

:: pin back

:: scissors, hot glue gun, iron

STEP ONE: starch fabric to desired stiffness

starch and iron fabric

STEP TWO: use petal tempate {or create your own} as a pattern to cut out petals.

pattern for starched flower

You will need 8 large and 10 small, but of course you can add more if you would like a fuller flower {or adjust the petal sizes to change the finished flower size}.

flower petals cut

STEP THREE: cut a slit in the bottom of each petal, about 1/2″.

cut a slit in petal

STEP FOUR: create the petal by adding a dot of hot glue to one side

dab of hot glue

Then fold over the non-glued side and press to adhere. This will give the petal a rounded shape.

press the petal

Continue this step for each of the petals. Don’t they look pretty!

pile of petals

STEP FIVE: create your flower by gluing the petals to the felt circle.

first petal

I put four on to start,

four petals

then added the last four on top.

eight petals

Continue with the small petals, this time filling in with all ten.

small petals

STEP SIX: create the center of the flower

center of flower

Cut a small circle, fold in quarters, snip the bottom off and glue to center of the flower. I did this three times to create a fuller center.


STEP SEVEN: glue pin to back of flower

back of flower

And you are done.

starched yellow flower

For a variation, you can cut heart shaped petals and follow the same steps.

pink starched flower

Aren’t they pretty? These little darlings will be part of the August giveaway : coming friday!

pretty starched flowers

I have created flower petal templates.



37 Responses to starched flower {tutorial}

  1. Margaret March 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Thanks you so much for sharing so many wonderful things. next week is the start of the new me. I am promising myself thatone day a week I am going to sit down with a coffee….some good music…and do something creative… What a fabulous way to start…with your ideas. Thanks again…bringing life back into these bones that have been dry for far too long.. May God bless you through this site.

  2. Cookie17 April 7, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Hey read some things you have done & think they are great.just joined your blog.& loved tut on how you made flowers so easy I’m little older & every idea someone does makes lot easier,Thank’s so much Cookie 17,woot woot..

  3. Anne April 7, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Lovely flowers!! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:

  4. Jennifer Aaliyah May 6, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    Interesting and easy way to making flowers which is helpful to decorate your drawing room.thanks for sharing :)

  5. Party Rental Miami November 2, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Love ^___^ Thanks for tutorial

  6. Nie March 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    I can’t wait to try all tutorial..
    Thanks for sharing..^^

  7. Heather August 10, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    I have seen these before but never really thought I could make them. It looks so easy! Now I have to try one, especially since I have all the supplies on hand. :) Thanks for sharing.

  8. Terrell August 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Absolutely love these! I can’t wait to make ome up for my daughters hair for school! You always have the best tutorials!! Thank you!

  9. Jamie August 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    My little boy with the ring bearer in my sister’s wedding this fall. I think this might need to be on his lapel!

  10. catherine August 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    i think i have made every one of your flowers. they add the prettiest touchest and make the simplest thing special. i cant wait to try this one, too.

  11. christine August 5, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    so pretty, thanks for the tutorial!

  12. Kelly D August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    LOVE!!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I made two and pinned them on a throw pillow. So easy to make and look store bought- Thank you!

  13. rachel August 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Emily, I can’t wait to try these beautiful flowers. You know I love products that i do not have to sew!! Thanks!!

  14. Erin August 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Beautiful! I can see a pretty linen on a white oxford shirt!

    I have been a huge fan of emerson since the very beginning but I have never brought myself to afford her goodies . . . I would buy every piece of her clothing line if I could swing it!

  15. Kimber-Leigh August 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    love these!!! i’m glad you never tire of diy flowers…and i love that you share!

  16. Kristiana August 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Those are soo cute!! Thanks for the great tutorial and template!!


  17. Kathleen August 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Love the flowers. You do such a great job with your directions. thank you so much!

  18. Elizabeth Highsmith August 3, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    thank you so very much for sharing your lovely talent with the rest of it. such a blessing as is your little corner of the web.

  19. Beth August 3, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Very sweet! Looking forward to trying it out. Thank you for your tutorials. I have been using your paper flower tutorial this summer to make flowers for my mothers gravesite because it is just too hot and humid to do real flowers in the SC heat.

  20. Katy Lunsford August 3, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to make some!

  21. Amanda M. August 3, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Thank you so much, Emily. These are so pretty! I think I will make some as hair clips for my little girl’s ponytails! SO cute! Thank you again!

  22. Shona August 3, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    So cute! I love that you can pick and choose which petal to put where! I’m anal like that! lol! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the template download!

  23. Tina August 3, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! You are so brilliant!

  24. amy August 3, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    i love your flower tutorials! you are quite brilliant with these pretty little things!

  25. Paige Atkins August 3, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I love all of your flowers tuts. It really is super nice of you to give your time up writing these posts! My favorite flower is the bunched up material flower ( that you often put onto wreaths). Is there a post for that somewhere that I’m overlooking?

  26. jami nato August 3, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    again, brilliant.

  27. Patty August 3, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I’ll have to try this one to put on my fall wreath I’m making. Thanks!

  28. cailan August 3, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    So pretty – love that you just keep adding to the little garden!

  29. Kati August 3, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    Very cute. Adding this to my want to make list! :)

  30. Melissa August 3, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Thank you so much! These are so cute. I’m excited to make some for my girls to wear to school. Thanks for the patterns too!

  31. Katy August 3, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    So cute! I’ve never seen this type of fabric flower before. I will definitely have to try them out. Thanks for all of the great fabric flower tutorials-I appreciate them!

  32. Emily August 3, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I have been waiting to see how you made these flowers…and they are just beautiful! Definitely will be my next project! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Andrea August 3, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    Very cute! I never tire of your flower tutorials. Love this one.

  34. Kelly August 3, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial! I LOVE Life Beautiful! It has the most gorgeous photography to me.
    kelly in georgia

    • Kids Party Rental May 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

      Amazing! Now we can easily make a flower according to your post. Very Nice post and keep sharing more.

  35. Jenny August 3, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    So sweet! Another beautiful flower to make…thanks! I love your flower tutorials!

  36. Cortney Jenkins August 3, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    I always love your flower tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing your talent! Oh and I LOVE Life Beautiful magazine- wish it wasn’t so expensive.

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