Fabric Flower Wedding Bouquet

To match a striped wedding theme, outfit your flower girl in seersucker and hand her a posy of these fabric flowers.

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012

Tools and Materials

Wilton flower stamens (artscraftsusa.com)
18 gauge floral wire (save-on-crafts.com)
Pinking shears (fiskars.com)
Green floral tape (save-on-crafts.com)
B&J Fabrics seersucker, cotton-nylon, and spandex stripe fabrics (bandjfabrics.com)
Hyman Hendler & Sons green-and-white stripe pattern #97 moire, color #85 (hymanhendler.com)

Fabric Flower Bouquet How-To

  1. For each flower (our bouquet has nine), bend two faux flower stamens in half. Loop a piece of floral wire around the halfway point, and use it to create an 8-inch stem. Cover the wire stem with floral tape from top to bottom.
  2. Cut one strip of fabric for each bloom. Each should be 15 inches long and between 1 1/2 and 2 2/5 inches high (this will create a little variety).
  3. Use pinking shears to embellish one long edge of each strip.
  4. Sew a basic in-and-out stitch along the unfinished edge from end to end, approximately 3/8 inch from the bottom of the fabric.
  5. Pull the thread until the flower takes shape, then glue the edges in place where they meet.
  6. Glue the flower around the stamen.
  7. If you'd like to add leaves, snip them out of fabric with pinking shears. Using floral wire and tape, make a few extra stems, and then glue a leaf onto each one.
  8. Bunch the finished flowers and leaves together, and wind floral tape around all the stems from top to bottom. This will create one "handle" for your flower girl to hold.

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