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Easy Christmas Crafts: Fabric Flower Ornament

The Fabric Flower ornament takes a small piece of fabric, a short piece of ribbon and a button to become a fun and easy decoration using basic sewing stitches.

Here's a red version using a white button:

Fabric Flower Ornament red finished on display

The Fabric Flower Ornament is "sew" simple to make.

Let's make one using a green dotted fabric.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Fabric Flower Materials and Tools:

  • Fabric scrap (4 inches by 10 inches)
  • Ribbon, 1/4-inch wide  by 10 inches long
  • Button, 5/8-inch to 7/8-inch in diameter
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors  

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here. 

Fabric Flower Ornament materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Fabric Flower Ornament:

Cut the 4-inch by 10-inch rectangle of fabric.

Cut the ribbon 10 inches long for the hanging loop.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 1 cut materials

Thread the needle and add a knot in one end of the thread. I used a single heavy-duty craft thread. If you're using all-purpose thread, use two-ply.

This project uses the basic running stitch. It's a fast and easy stitch.

If you would like more help with the running stitch, go to the funEZ How to sew stitches page to get your own free e-book.

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together.

Begin sewing running stitches 1/4-inch from the raw edges.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 2 sew seam

Finish the seam.

Tie a knot in the thread close to the fabric.

Trim the thread

Fabric Flower Ornament step 3 finish seam

Fold the fabric in half around the circle with the wrong sides together.

Tie a knot in one end of the thread.

Begin sewing running stitches 1/4-inch from the raw edges. 

When you pull the needle, leave a two-inch tail of thread at the starting point.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 4 begin gathering stitches

Continue the running stitches until the circle is complete.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 5 finish gathering stitches

Pull the ends of the thread to gather the center of the circle.

Tie the ends of the thread together to hold the gathers in place.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 6 pull thread to gather

Cut the short end of the thread, but leave the needle end of the thread attached.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 7 prepare for button

Position the button on the front of the circle.

Push the needle through the fabric from the back and through one of the button's holes. 

Fabric Flower Ornament step 8 add button

Continue sewing the button with at least two stitches through each set of holes.

Push the needle to the back, add a knot in the thread close to the fabric and trim the thread.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 9 finish button

Fold the ribbon in half to form a loop.

Position the cut ends over the seam on the back of the Fabric Flower Ornament.

With a knot in the thread, begin stitching the ribbon to the seam.

Make sure the needle does not go through all layers of the fabric and show thread on the front.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 10 add ribbon loop

Make several stitched to secure the ribbon loop to the seam.

Make a knot close to the ribbon.

Push the needle between the fabric layers to hide the end of the thread.

Cut the thread near the fabric being careful not to cut the fabric.

Fabric Flower Ornament step 11 finish ribbon loop

Turn the ornament over.

Make a cupped flower shape with the gathered fabric. 

Fabric Flower Ornament step 12 finished

The Fabric Flower Ornament is finished and ready to hang on display. 

Fabric Flower Ornament finished hanging on display 

Here's a different one made with a scrap of Christmas print fabric with Santas and Angels along with a red button and red ribbon:

Fabric Flower Ornament blue finished on display

A fabric scrap, a piece of ribbon and a button quickly become a fun ornament.

Make them simply with fabric scraps or design a whole color scheme with new fabric—perhaps a shiny taffeta or similar woven fabric. Just make sure the fabric will hold the shape.

Have fun making one, a few or many!

The Fabric Flower Ornament is a fun and easy sewing project for either novice or experienced sewers.

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