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Fabric Dahlia

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

Dahlia Templates

Download and print our Fabric Dahlia Templates (be sure the Adobe Reader's page-scaling setting is set to "none"); then cut out one template along the solid lines. The PDF file contains several sizes; print the page that has the one you need.

For the dahlias worn in the hair and on the shoulder of the dress, we used the largest template (start with an 11-by-54-inch rectangle of fabric).

For the bridesmaid corsages, we used the second largest template and 5-by-27-inch fabric.

For the flower-girl headband and shoe clips, we used the three smallest templates and fabric in these three sizes: 3 by 18 inches, 5 by 27 inches, and 6 by 27 inches.

Cut your fabric into a long rectangle of the appropriate size. Fold the long edges of the fabric together, then fold the strip accordion-style. Pin it in place, and use the stencil to cut out the petals.

Knot your thread, and sew a running stitch 4 or 5 inches into the length of the fold, then pull to gather the fabric. Curl into a small coil, and stitch to anchor. Repeat in short stretches, curling the fabric around itself and anchoring it as you go. When you reach the end, stitch to anchor the coil. Use your fingers to shape and fluff the petals.

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Comments (7)

  • jennaboo84 4 Jan, 2013

    The templates link is broken.. :(

  • kamajayawaty 5 Dec, 2011

    I like to know what type of fabric did you use for the sample? It look like chiffon but I'm afraid that chiffon will fray when i cut.

  • kamajayawaty 5 Dec, 2011

    if i were to use all tulle, will it fray? How about chiffon?

  • ModLa 3 Jul, 2011

    If you cut the pattern pieces on the bias (45 degree angle) the fraying should be minimized.

    Alternately, you could use a lace, tulle, or mesh, and avoid fraying altogether.

  • Chicagogal1 9 May, 2011

    I'm also curious about what type of fabric would not fray. The kind I have frays quite a bit.

  • sunnydae 11 Nov, 2010

    I use a product called Fray Chek on the edges of my fabric, it works well.

  • imwithdino 23 May, 2010

    Any ideas for what fabric to use so that the edges don't fray?