Tutorial ~ Ruffle Chiffon Flower

by Destri on September 16, 2011

Chiffon Flower Tutorial
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I make hair accessories for a local boutique and have been trying to make a chiffon flower that would be perfect for special occasions like weddings and such.  I think I finally got it.  Layers and layers of ruffles and just the right amount of pouf.  I made some little tiny ones for newborns, and some mighty big ones for the big girls.  I think the big ones would be perfect to clip on special occasion dresses too.  I have a full tutorial with pictures and I found a simple way to get the ruffles without all the fray that comes with chiffon too – that little tip in itself is worth the jump!

Diy Ruffle Chiffon Flowers

Ruffle Chiffon Flower Tutorial


  • chiffon fabric
  • all your sewing stuff
  • rotary cutter and mat (can use shears, but it will be a little harder)
  • button
  • hair clip (I used single prong, but any would work)
  • felt
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue


First decide how big you want your flower and how much pouf you are going for.  For the big flowers I used one 2½ inch strip and one 1½ inch strip.  You want the large strip to be at least 42 inches long, the longer the more pouff.  For the smaller strip, you may need only a little bit, or non at all.  Just play around and you will see.

Now here comes the trick I was telling you about.  Fold your chiffon in half and line up under the presser foot right along the edge.  In the ruffle cuff pants tutorial I talked about how you can adjust your tension to make ruffles on your machine.  This works great but what if you need more ruffle?  Well I was reading Kelly’s  post on making petti skirts awhile back and I remembered a trick she used to gather the chiffon.  Just hold your fingers on the thread spool to create your own tension, it works fabulously!  I still lengthened my stitch length, so that if I wanted to adjust the ruffles I could.  The more tension you put on the thread, the more ruffle.  Just don’t get to carried away, or you’ll break a thread.

See, no fray!  If I were to have gathered manually with my hands, it would have been a mess of strings.  Trust me, I tried.  So, thank you miss Kelly, best trick I have found in awhile.

Cut a circle from your felt that will be the base of your flower.  I used a 2½ inch for my bigger ones.  Take your hot glue and run a small strip along the outer edge.  Fold the end of one end of the chiffon under and press onto the glue, then follow around the circle.

Now pull the corner of the end down and tack with a dab of glue onto the back like shown.

Continue around the felt circle, running the hot glue right along the raw edge like in the picture, until you reach the end.

On some of my big flowers I stopped when I was about 3/4 of the way finished and switch to the smaller ruffle to finish it off.  Just tuck the end under like you did to begin with.

When you reach the last inch, just put a dab in the center and while tucking the end and twisting, press onto the glue.

You could be finished here. Or….

You can sew a button onto the center.  Double up your thread on the needle and pull it through the underside and then put the button on, then take back down through the center and tie a good knot.  You can glue the button on too, but it doesn’t give it that pucker.

Using a bit more felt glue the clip on, and you’re finished!

Here is one that I made with black chiffon, thinking about adding feathers to it.

This one I made from eyelet fabric and a fabric covered button.  So if you are looking for a romantic ruffle flower, you’re set!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Hair Accessory Tutorials, there are some fun ones.

Thanks for stopping in, and I don’t know about you but TGIF!


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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy September 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

Thanks Destri!! I just Love this Tutorial!! I had seen Kelly’s post too about the tension, I guess it’s time to bring out the box of Specialty Fabrics!

Have a Great Week End!!


Leesa Gentry September 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

I have a trick for gathering that works great for me. You will need kitchen string or I use the yarn and zig zag over the string/yarn being careful not to stitch it to the fabric to be gathered. When sewing I place the string/yarn in the gap on my presser foot. Now for the gathering pull the string/yarn until you get the gather that the piece needs. You will never break your gathering thread in this method also makes removing the gathering thread much easier at the end. Will always be able to see the gathering thread.


lisa July 19, 2012 at 7:18 am

Great idea, I always pull the thread and break it accidently or can’t see the thread against the fabric.


Ashley September 17, 2011 at 11:26 pm

thanks for sharing!had issues with sewing but this i can manage:)


Dolly September 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

wowwwwwwwwwwww fantastic! thank you for this tutorial



G J Amber September 18, 2011 at 6:31 am

These are just lovely! Thank you so much.


JoAnn Brewer September 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

These chiffon roses are simply elegant! I have made them in other fabrics before, but never in chiffon. Thank you so much for sharing your idea. I also love the way you photographed them. Just beautiful. Thanks again and have a Blessed Day.


mary September 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

What a pretty rosette and I love the color!! I would love to share this with my readers with a link back to your blog is that would be ok with you.

bee blessed


Destri September 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Mary, you may certainly share it, thank you so much! Your welcome to use an image if you’d like. And I love your fall post, makes me want to dig out all my fall stuff!


tai September 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

these are very sweet. I love pink and I love this trick too! I have a ruffler foot but it doesnt love soft fabric like this. (or maybe it is an operator problem) but this is very easy and so pretty!


Denise September 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

These are so pretty! I love the button accents on each one. Thanks for the lovely tutorial!


vonnie September 19, 2011 at 6:31 am

These are so versital.
On the front of a blouse or the lapel of a jacket.
Love it for a gift.
Great job Des!


Kathi September 19, 2011 at 6:32 am

I have always wondered how people make these, they are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for posting this informative tutorial. Kathi


Priscila September 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Skip to my Lou Link Party!


Sanna Linnea September 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Wow, that is cute. I need to trie it on and put all over a dress

S. http://www.sannalinnea.com


Shannon September 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This is such a precious idea! Who doesnt love chiffon? :)

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Sammie September 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

WOW absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your secrets, I just pinned it.


Emily September 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

Lovely! These are absolutely gorgeous and I’m definitely pinning this for later!


Xuan September 25, 2011 at 1:11 am

Oh, this is too cute. I’m a real novice with a sewing machine though, so even this simple tutorial could potentially turn into a disaster but I’ve got to try this soon!


Stephanie September 28, 2011 at 5:50 am

These are so pretty! What great tip to ruffle the fabric so perfectly! I think the black flower would look really nice with feathers! Hope you have a great week!


Kathi September 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

So elegant looking. Thanks for sharing, Kathi


Stephanie September 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

These are so cute and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.


CREATIVE MIND October 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

Loveeeeeeeeeeeee it :) great tutorial :)


Make handmade November 3, 2011 at 2:06 am

So cute! i love it very much.


Kathy November 8, 2011 at 6:48 am

I was wondering where you purchase your elegant buttons? Very beautiful flowers!


Destri November 8, 2011 at 7:08 am

Thanks Kathy! I think I bought those at Hancock’s fabric. They have a great selection of buttons. I have also seen some similar ones at Walmart.


Magen January 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

These are so cute! How many inches are you making each strip of fabic?


Destri January 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hi Magen, sorry for the late reply. I made them anywhere from 23 to 46 inches. I would just add to them if I need more, just tuck the end under as you do in the beginning. Have fun with them!


Meliss May 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Ohhh, I cannot tell you how much I LOVED this tutorial! I was never taught how to sew even though my Grandmother was the seamstress of all things. Thank you! Thank you! I am soo excited about the possibilities. I sewed my first ruffle scrap fabric this evening on my machine and I feel like I won a hundred bucks! Keep up your blog, I love your ideas, style and your ability to teach through words!



Destri May 9, 2012 at 5:57 am

Yay! I know exactly how you feel. I remember when I made my first real thing, like actually “usable”, it feels great! Keep going and don’t be afraid to experiment.
And thanks so much for your sweet words of encouragement, funny how they always come when most needed.


Vera simonian May 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

Thanks y’all for sharing your tips and techniques! I feel inspired to try making my own.


Merla June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Thank you so much for sharing. It means a lot to me. The chiffon flower is so pretty!


Destri June 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

You’re welcome! Thanks so much for the sweet comment :)


Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog September 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I LOVE these flowers! I am sharing this tutorial with my readers and plan to make a few of these myself fairly soon!

Blue Eyed Beauty Blog


Jenny October 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

These are so lovely! And not too difficult to make, I’m just getting into sewing and crafting so this tutorial is just perfect. Thanks :)


Paula February 26, 2013 at 5:54 am

This is absolutely beautiful. Great tutorial!


Leslie March 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I cannot figure out how to pin this! I don’t want to lose it and I LOVE it! Please tell me how to pin! Thanks!


Suzie March 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm

These are so very beautiful – thanks so much for tute :)
((Hugs)) Suzie xoxo


Rebekah July 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

absolutely in love!!!


Renae September 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm


I’m doing mine right now. I have 4 granddaughters and so I’m starting Christmas stuff early…that doesn’t count the 7 grandsons either… They don’t like hair pretties…lol!

I started with leftover fabric from a sari my MIL brought back from a church mission to India, it’s handpainted silk and I just couldn’t toss it. It’s perfect for this!

There were loads of 1″ or longer frayed threads though, so I used my perfect anti-fray trick. If you run the raw edge along a candle flame, not letting it touch, but about 1/4″ away, the frayed edges will just curl up and disappear. That singes it so that it doesn’t fray later when you’re making the ruffle. Just do it over a sink just in case it gets too close, and you can run it under the water or just blow out the tiny flame…or, as in my case, run your burned fingers under the water till you don’t want to scream anymore! I now have 2 new pretties of my own…blisters, that is. I’m going to go watch TV with my hands in ice water for a while before I start sewing.


Destri September 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

LOL, love it! I have to keep a bowl of water near me when using a hot glue gun for the same reason! I would love to see how they turn out!


Renae September 16, 2013 at 11:46 am


I’ll upload my results as soon as I pick the center decoration. That ‘should’ be today, but you never know…lol


Renae September 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

I’ll upload a picture of the ones I made as soon as I decide on the center decoration…it’s hard to decide between some vintage earrings I have! They would all work, but it’s for granddaughters…. it has to be perfect! LOL, being a grandma is a blessing and sometimes it’s difficult. I want to make EVERYTHING perfect for these little princesses.


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