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2 ways to make fabulous flowers out of fabric squares for your quilts

 

Fabric pinwheel made from fabric squares.
Fabric pinwheel made from fabric squares.

 

Did you know it’s very easy to transform fabric squares into fabulous flowers that can be used on your quilts? Today I’ll show you 2 ways to make fabulous flowers out of fabric squares for your quilts using just a few steps.

Pinwheel Flowers

These are so easy to make and need very little supplies. The best part, you can create all different sizes and colors.

  • For this pinwheel, I used two 4″ pieces of different fabric and a 4″ piece of fusible product.
  • Fuse the two 4″ squares together right sides out with the fusing in the middle.
  • Find the center of the fused square and mark with a tiny pencil mark. From each corner using a rotary cutter, cut from the corner into the center stopping ½” away from your pencil mark.
Cut fused fabric square from corner to center, 1/2" from center.
Cut fused fabric square from corner to center, 1/2″ from center.

 

  • Taking one half of a corner or flap, bring into center and stitch down. Skip a corner (flap) and take the next one and stitch to center. Continue four times to form a pinwheel.
  • Add a fun button and you have a great pinwheel flower. Mix and match with different fabrics or different sized squares to create your own pinwheel garden for your quilt!
  • Attach to a quilt with Velcro so they can be removed before washing and enjoy plenty of pinwheels peeking from your quilt! I can’t wait to see what you make!
Fabric pinwheels for quilts.
Fabric pinwheels for quilts.

 

5 Square Flower

This flower is made up of five squares of fabric that turn into soft beautiful petals.

Similar to our pinwheel flower, you can make them any size and use any color of fabric to create a gorgeous flower garden for your quilt!

  • Start with five squares of fabric. I used 3″ squares for this tutorial.
  • Take one square and fold in half along the diagonal to create a triangle, right sides out.
Fabric square folded along diagonal to create a triangle.
Fabric square folded along diagonal to create a triangle.

 

  • With a needle and a long piece of thread of approximately 15″, do gathering stitches along the two raw edges, starting from one corner by the fold, working your way to the tip, and down to the other corner by fold.
  • Do not cut thread when done.
Do a gathering stitch along the raw edge of folded triangle.
Do a gathering stitch along the raw edge of folded triangle.

 

  • Gently pull the thread to gather to form the petal. Once you have a nice shape, take a couple of tiny stitches in the end to hold the petal shape.
Fabric petal gathered.
Fabric petal gathered.

 

Take another fabric square, fold into a triangle and do your gathering stitch. You are keeping the same piece of thread going for all five petals.

2 fabric petals gathered.
2 fabric petals gathered.

 

  • Continue until you have all 5 petals stitched, and join the first to the last petal with a few stitches.
5 petals stitched together to create a fabric flower.
5 petals stitched together to create a fabric flower.

 

  • To cover the little hole in the center, either use a big button, vintage brooch, fabric yo-yo or fabric hexagon.
Fabric flower made from fabric squares.
Fabric flower made from fabric squares.

 

Try making flowers with different sized petals, or different fabrics in one flower for a really unique flower for your quilt!

These 2 ways to make fabulous flowers out of fabric squares for your quilts are easier than you might have thought! These fabric flowers are also great for using up the right size scraps and you’ll have a hard time stopping at just one!

 

 

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

1 Comment

  1. Rolanda

    I love the petal flowers. So pretty. Thanks.

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