Tutorial ~ Folded Circle Flower

by Destri on July 18, 2011

Folded Fabric Flowers

Here is the little folded flower tutorial I promised.  These have to be the easiest flowers to make, and fun too.  They can be used for anything from a bow to finish off a package, a brooch to pull an outfit together, to a hair clip for sweeping your little ones bangs to the side.  So versatile.  They are perfect for using up scrap fabric too; all you need is the tiniest of pieces to make one flower.  Catch me after the jump for more photos then you will ever need to make one yourself :).

Folded Circle Fabric Flower Tutorial


  • fabric – you can use up to four different patterns
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • glue if you are not using a button for the center
  • Felt if you have some, or just a small piece of fabric would work too

First decide how big you are going to want your flower to be.  You will need something that size to trace and make your circles.  The size of what you trace, will end up being the size of your flower.  I used the top of a candle jar as my guide.

If you have one fabric piece, fold it in half twice and then trace the circle on top.  It helps if you do this on the wrong side of the fabric :).  If you don’t have one piece, just layer four pieces together and then trace.

Cut out the circles just on the inside of the line you drew.  Now you should have four circles exactly the same.  If you are not into the frayed look, now would be the time to run a little fray check around the edges of your circles :).

Now from the felt, cut out a circle just smaller than the size of your flower circles.  Fold one circle in half and lay over half the felt circle like shown.

Next take the needle and thread from the bottom through the top, just at the center and on the edge of the half circle, and then take the needle back through the center so it is on the underside again.  Make sure to leave a little thread for tying at the end.

Now just lay the next two in the same fashion, working around the circle as shown in the pictures, and sew through the center as well. Make sure that all the edges of the circles are lining up.

For the last piece, you will fold over the corner of the first circle like shown….

Then lay the last piece under it and let the corner fold back over, then secure with needle and thread.  Tie a knot on the back and glue on a little clip of your choice.

Just a tip – a bobby pin works great for this flower, because then it stays nice and flat, where a clip will perk up the side a little.  I used a bobby pin on a few and love it.  Just slide one over a little piece of felt and then glue to the flower.

Now just sew or glue on a little button and you’re finished!

On this flower I used two fabrics and then a button kit to make a button to match.  Then I just alternated the circles to give it this layered look.

So easy!

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Hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  I myself have gotten in a little over my head with a wee little project.  I hope to wrap it up this week then maybe get back to my life :).  I will share details if all goes well, and if not..well, maybe a post on what not to do :).  Wish me luck!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy July 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thank you!! I’ve been wanting to make some of these.


Destri July 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

You’re welcome!


Kim July 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Very, very cute. I love how simple they are. The big extravagant hair clips just aren’t my style. These are perfect. Now if they could make themselves. Lol


Destri July 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

You know it’s funny you say that…when I moved to Arkansas that was one of the strangest things to get used to, bows bigger than the babies head! For real, some are like twice the size! I don’t mind a little drama, but like you, I like the sweet little ones best.


Laura July 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Super cute flowers! Thanks for sharing


Destri July 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Laura :)


Angie July 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My neighborhood friends and I have been making hair clips to donate to children who were in the Joplin tornado. These will be perfect to add to our project. Thanks for sharing! :)


Destri July 21, 2011 at 5:19 am

What a great project. I was in St. Louis when that tornado hit, so sad. Would love to hear more about what you are doing :)


It's About Time Mamaw July 19, 2011 at 3:47 am

Very good tutorial. Love the hair clips. I am having a contest on my blog in August for Favorite Craft/Sew Tutorial. You should join if not this tutorial then one of your favorites. Etsy shops are going to sponsor the contest.

Patricia aka Mamaw



Destri July 21, 2011 at 5:12 am

When you have all the details let me know, I will post it up on facebook!


Suzanne July 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

so cute Destri!!


Aubrey July 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I second that! You have become quite the bow maker! :-)


Ihilani July 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

this is so adorable! i’m in love!


One Second Needle July 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

It was intriguing seeing how you can incorporate cloth around buttons to have the look of flowers. Thanks for showing how to do this.


Ailsa Crane August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Found about your great blogspot from an article from the local Sunday newspaper, am a card maker, so will try these fflowers in paper, will let oyou know the result


Destri August 17, 2011 at 3:51 am

Ailsa I would love to see how it works out with paper! Let me know how it goes, and if you have any tips :). Also, could you tell me what newspaper you found us in? That kind of makes my day!


Kim December 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

Love the tute! Instead of using the spring clips what about using the snap type clips so the edges don’t stick up? Just a thought from a grandma.


Destri January 30, 2012 at 5:56 am

Great thought! Especially for babies with no hair. Thanks Kim!


Debi March 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

These hair bows are precious!!!! I will be busy making my grandaughter some for every outfit. Thanks for the tutorial.


Destri March 3, 2012 at 7:53 am

You’re welcome! What a lucky grandaughter, and sweet Grandma :)


Bonnie June 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I love these! What is and where did- you get a button kit?


Destri June 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

Hi Bonnie, so sorry for the delayed reply. You can find them at most craft and sewing stores or order them online here:
You can also just use a regular button.
Thanks so much!


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