Making Fabric Flowers


Use wired ribbon to create roses that can be made into pins or used to embellish shoes, picture frames, pillows, hair bands, or whatever you want. The longer the ribbon, the larger the flower.

Approximate Time: about 30 minutes



  1. Measure out and cut a 20-inch length of wire edged ribbon.
  2. Bend back the wire on each side of one end of the ribbon to keep it from sliding off the wire as you work.
  3. At the other end, bend one side back to hold it in place.
  4. Pull the other wire to gather up the ribbon all the way along that edge.
  5. Cut off excess wire and bend back the cut end to hold it in place.
  6. Knot one end of the ribbon and begin rolling it up around the knotted end. It sort of begins to roll itself while you are gathering one edge.
  7. Add a dab of glue periodically as you roll it up to hold its shape.
  8. Fold the last 2 inches or so of ribbon across the back and glue it in place. This will help hold the rose together.
  9. Glue on a pin back, if desired.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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July 10, 2011

I would like to make paper or silk ribbon flowers. I have seen them made out of crepe paper.

By M Collins



July 11, 20110 found this helpful

I found tons on youtube.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Here is one I saw today Fabric/Rose & Peony

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Here are the instructions to make paper flowers:

Here are instructions to make a paper flower bouquet:

These articles show you how to make paper flower centerpieces:

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful

Here is a sample of my flower creation made from paper and magazine. I will try to make the instructions and post it in this site soon.

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How do I make a fabric flower? It would be sewn on a nightgown to cover a stain.

By Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH


July 16, 20110 found this helpful

Why don't you try the ehow website and use the search box on the website.

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July 17, 20110 found this helpful

The easiest way is to use wide ribbon, and sew a long running stitch down one edge, then just pull the edge until the short ends meet, instant flower! If the single layer flower isn't enough, make several and sew them together at the center.

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March 3, 2007

I am looking for step by step instructions on how to make fabric flowers. This is a project for an Aged Care Facility so it needs to be fairly simple and with illustrations.

Meg from Vic


By Sandy (Guest Post)
March 5, 20070 found this helpful

bend pipe cleaners in the shape of daisy petals and twist ends together. Bend pipe cleaners in leaf shapes, too. Glue fabric to each piece and cut to match the pipe cleaner shape. Add all petals to a long pipe cleaner "stem" and add leaves, too. Take florist tape and tightly wrap around the "stem" to keep everything in place.

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June 29, 20070 found this helpful


I have made the most beautiful couture fabric flowers using the tutorial in the website
it is written by one of the world most famous milliner
it is complete and easy to follow

all the best


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August 25, 2006

Do you have a pattern for paper or fabric roses?

Birder from Flint, MI


September 14, 20061 found this helpful

I found these instruction by using Google. Hope it helps some. uses crepe paper looked nice Origami one - looked complex but beautiful simple paper napkin rose tissue paper - looked beautiful tissue party rose tissue cabbage rose shows a couple of roses from napkins

if you Google in Napkin folding - there are tons of pages. Some of the instructions look like roses.

I couldn't find anything under fabric roses!

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July 20, 2009

I need instructions on how to make a rose from twisting and knotting sheer drapery without sewing and cutting. Please help.

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