DIY Tutorial- Ribbon/Fabric Flowers


-Ribbon (I used 1 1/2" width w/ the wire-lined edges- it stays in place better) OR 44"/45" fabric (I used special occasion fabric).
-coordinating thread
-buttons, beads, (or you can just use thread), to use as embellishment

How To:

Thread your needle and tie a knot at one end. Put aside to be used for later.
For Ribbon: Cut about 22"-24" of ribbon from your spool.
For Fabric: Fold fabric in half, selvage to selvage. After squaring up your fabric, cut a 1 1/2" wide strip.

Start by folding over the ribbon/fabric on one end to make a pleat like this:

Continue holding the pleat against the edge of the ribbon/fabric with one hand. This will be the center of the flower. Continuing making new pleats towards the center while holding the existing pleats together:

Continue this process until you reach the starting point:

Begin a new row on top of the first row, while continuing to hold the ribbon/fabric together at the center. Pleat until you can pleat no more!...um, or until you have reached the end of the ribbon/fabric:

Collect the threaded ribbon and sew through the middle of the flower, making close, small stitches:

Make sure the flower stays together without having to hold it.

To make petals (as I did with my shoe flowers), I just used a small pair of scissors to cut petal shapes into the fabric.

If you have enough length in your thread, continue to use the same thread to sew on the beads/buttons/etc. otherwise sew a knot on the end and use a new thread. I used small beads for my ribbon flower (and some vintage looking buttons for the fabric flower):

Add anything else as you see fit :)

Now it's your turn! :) Share a tutorial you've found helpful in your wedding planning.


  1. This is gorgeous! I have been looking for a straight forward, well written tutorial on fabric flowers for a little while now and this is it!!!
    Can't wait to share my variation when complete, thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi! Thanks for sharing this insightful tutorial. I have a question...when making the petals, did you cut the ribbon into petal shapes after the pleated flower had been assembled? I'm hoping to try out this technique soon. Thanks! sazzyfrazz(at)gmail.com

  3. thanks for sharing! simple tutorial and lovely flowers :-)

  4. I love the picture of the cream flower on the shoe. Do you have a tutorial on that one?