Grow a garden of fabric flowers--without any sewing! Simply fuse two fabrics together, then cut out two-sided flower shapes for blooms that will never fade.

June 14, 2013


Assorted tone-on-tone fabric scraps (flowers, appliqués, leaves)
Ultra-firm, double-sided fusible stabilizer, such as Peltex II
Fusible web
Floral container
Floral foam
5⁄8"-diameter wood dowels
Glue gun and glue sticks or heavy-duty crafts glue such as E-6000

Cut Fabrics

For each flower you'll need a flower foundation (Pattern A), corresponding flower appliqués (patterns B and C), and one or two leaves (patterns D-I). Click on "Download this Project" above for patterns.

1. Following manufacturer's instructions and using ultra-firm, double sided, fusible stabilizer, fuse together two assorted tone-on-tone fabric scraps large enough to accommodate Pattern A of desired flower.

2. Make a template of Pattern A for the flower number you're making. Using water-soluble marking pen, trace around template onto fused fabric; cut out flower foundation.

Make and Add Appliques

To use fusible web for appliquéing flower pieces, complete the following steps.

1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over designated patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1⁄2" between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1⁄4" outside traced lines.

2. Repeat, reversing patterns used in Step 1. To reverse image, tape the designated patterns facedown on a light box or sunny window. Secure a piece of fusible web over the shape and trace with a pencil. Cut out as before.

3. Following the manufacturer's instructions, press each fusible- web shape onto wrong side of designated fabric; let cool. Cut out appliqué shapes on drawn lines. Peel off paper backings.

4. Referring to photo, position each appliqué shapes on one side of flower foundation. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse all pieces in place. Repeat with reversed appliqué shapes on remaining side of flower foundation to make flower top.

Assemble Leaves

Referring to Cut Fabrics, steps 1 and 2, fuse fabric scraps large enough to accommodate desired leaf patterns. Trace leaf shapes onto fused fabric; cut out.

Assemble Flower

Using a glue gun and glue sticks or heavy-duty crafts glue, secure wood dowel to one side of flower top; glue leaves to dowel to complete desired flower.

"Plant" flower in a container filled with floral foam. Add pinked- or scalloped-edge green fabric strips to hide floral foam.