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No Sew Fabric Flowers {Teacher Appreciation}

Posted by  ·  April 16, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 26, 2016

Hello Skip to my Lou friends! This is Dana, from MADE.  I’m excited to be part of the Teacher Appreciation series today.

I’ve got a project that’s super easy, super fast, and it’s something the kids can help with.
We’re making a bouquet of NO-sew Flowers:
They’re simple fabric flowers that you don’t even sew.
You only need a few supplies:
To make a pretty bunch like this:
So let’s get started!

Pick out the fabric color scheme you want. This project is perfect for all those fabric scraps you’ve been stashing away.
Purchase round wooden dowels at your local craft store (any size works; these are 3/16 in by 12 inches long. They’re inexpensive. About $2 for a bag of 16). You can also use pencils, chopsticks, or any other long stick you can think of.
Cut strips of fabric approximately 2×16 inches (no rules here, do whatever size you’d like. This is the size I used)
Then, with your fabric strip, wooden dowel, and glue gun….we’ll make a flower.
Bunch up the beginning of the flower a bit (this will be the center of the flower). Btw, I’m right-handed and found that it’s easiest to hold the flower in my left hand and work the fabric around with my right. If you’re a Leftie, do the opposite.
Stick a dab of hot glue right in the center there and glue the end of the dowel to the center of the flower.
Don’t worry, the tip of the dowel won’t show when you’re done (unless you want it to! You can push it out more and add something to the top of it for a cool center. I just kept mine simple).
Then, run a few inches of glue along the next section of the fabric,
Like this:
And carefully, oh so carefully (so that you don’t burn your hands…which I did….a few times), scrunch bits of the fabric up and press it together at the bottom of the flower. It’s like you’re “ruffling” the fabric. Just keep doing this, bit by bit. Glue, gather, stick, etc. Until you’ve gone all the way around.
You may try using the back of a pen to help press the glued fabric down to keep from burning your finger.
And there you go! You should have a pretty blossom like this:
But let’s finish off that base….
Cut a small FELT circle (any color you’d like). Doesn’t need to be a perfect circle, just eyeball it. Cut a slit in the middle, a la Mrs. Pacman, like this:
Then, glue and wrap the little felt circle around the base of the flower to disguise the messy glue and fabric:
And you’re done!
For variation, you can spray paint the dowels, scallop the edges of the flower, add a colorful center, or attach a little note! Head over to MADE for more info.

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  1. Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
    Very pretty and practical! These would be handy in the classroom because the students would be less likely to walk out the door with them.
  2. indywriter
    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
    I think I'll try this with some inexpensive pens, instead of dowels. Pens and pencils always seem to grow legs, so this would make it harder to forget it was borrowed.

    Pretty and practical!
  3. Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    It's gorgeous!! Love it!
  4. Kim
    Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    I am not very creative but I might could do this project. Thanks for sharing your idea!
  5. Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    As a teacher, when I saw these I immediately thought they were pencil toppers. They would be amazing pen or pencil toppers too. They are adorable!
  6. Pat
    Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    Wouldn't these be cute wrapped around pencils? Love your idea!!
  7. Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    I absolutely love these! I pinned them to my board at http://pinterest.com/pin/14407008/
  8. Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    They look pretty!
  9. Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    WoW ! Looks like even I can do that without hurting myself too badly ! I think I'm going to use my Helmar Premium Craft Glue, it works on fabric, and I won't burn myself that way ! Thanks for sharing !
  10. Saturday, April 16th, 2011
    What a fun idea and the pictures are fantastic!! I even pinned them ;)

  11. becky
    Saturday, April 16th, 2011
    super cute!
  12. Saturday, April 16th, 2011
    Super cute!! Where did you find that gorgeous purple seersucker?? I want, I want!