hanging fabric flowers are my fave

April 15, 2013

diy hanging fabric flowers

I don’t have a FAQ page on YAMF because the fact is, I don’t get asked questions all the much. I guess I haven’t done a good enough job making my life seem fascinating enough that people wonder or care. Or I blab too much. Either way, I do get asked this one question at least a couple times a week. And it has actually nothing to do with me.

A couple years ago I posted photos of some hanging fabric flower decorations from this wedding photographed by Lizelle Lotter. I put the source of the photos in the post and do not even hint that I made them or have anything to do with them. Yet, I keep getting asked how I made them. Moral of the story: people are dumb. The end. Wait, there’s actually a little more to the story. It’s called the long awaited tutorial and I’m delivering it to you today.

diy hanging fabric flowers

To make your own you’ll need:
– cotton fabric (I used broad cloth because I liked the price and color range, 1/4 yard will yield 25 flowers)
– fabric scissors
– hot glue gun
– twine
– needle

diy hanging fabric flowers

Step One: Cut your fabric into ovals. They don’t have to be exact, just a general circular shape will do. I cut 25 of each color.

Step Two: Take one oval and fold it in half then dab some hot glue near the middle on the folded edge. It’s essential that you use a mini glue gun with lots of crap stuck to it.

I should mention I started at the sewing machine stitching the top together but then realized I hate that blasted machine and that a glue gun would be quicker and accompanied with less stress eating.

Step Three: Fold your oval in half the other direction and pinch the top so the two sides adhere to form a flower shape.

diy hanging fabric flowers

Step Four: Repeat steps two and three until you’ve got a nice, color coded pile going on.

Step Five: Thread a needle with twine and string the flowers vertically. I found it’s the easiest to go through the bottom to the top. Make sure to knot the twine at the bottom so the flowers don’t fall off. It’s up to you how many flowers you want on each strand and how long you want each strand to be. I wasn’t exact because I liked the staggered look.

Step Six: Lay out a long piece of twine horizontally and attach the vertical strands by tying them at the top to hang.

diy hanging fabric flowers

diy hanging fabric flowers

diy hanging fabric flowers

You got what you asked for Internet. Appreciate me.

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