Easy Spring Craft
How to make a fabric tulip flower
Making a bunch of tulip flowers for the spring decoration is a very popular and easy craft! The other day my mum inspired me to make a few fabric tulips and I am so happy with the result! I am a big neutral linen lover so I decided to skip dark pink or rich red fabrics. Instead I used gorgeous high-quality 100% oatmeal linen and decorated it with embroidery, choosing a spring floral theme. I felt the tulips will have much more crafty and sophisticated feel to them. Making spring fabric tulips is really easy and the results are absolutely lovely!
Fabric Tulip DIY Tutorial – plus FREE Printable!
This spring craft is amazing for decorating your home together with our Spring Decor Ideas or Scrap Yarn Bird projects! Let me show you how I did my fabric tulip and enjoy the FREE Printable pattern! All materials and instruction steps bellow are intended for making one fabric tulip.
- FREE Printable pattern
- approx. 10 x 20 cm of line fabric (or any fabric you choose to use for the petal)
- approx. 5 x 20 cm of felt fabric
- sewing thread and sewing needle
- embroidery floss and embroidery needle
- cotton wool
- a willow branch (approx. diameter 0.5 cm)
- sharp soft pencil
Begin by printing out the pattern and cutting the pieces out. Transfer the floral rectangle onto the piece of linen (or any fabric you’ve chosen for the petal) and embroider the pre-sketched flowers. You can use embroidery hoop to stretch the fabric for easier embroidery. When finished, cut the rectangle out and also cut the leaf pattern out of the felt fabric. Take the embroidered petal rectangle, first fold the top hem longwise, to create a neat hem. Then fold the rectangle horizontally right side inwards and stitch the short edges together as shown (use the guide sketched on the pattern).
Then use simple hand stitching on the long raw edge, opposite to the neat fold. This stitch will help to gather the bottom of the petal around the willow branch as shown. Once you’ve gathered the stitching around the branch by pulling the thread gently, wrap the thread a couple of times around the gathering for extra security. Then turn the petal upwords creating kind of a textile bowl.
Then pad the petal with cotton wool and stitch the top cross-wise. For the first stitch, use the vertical petal stitching to determine a middle while pressing the petal flat and stitch to the opposite side. Then do the second stitch the same way cross-wise as bellow, with all stitches equally distant from each other. Last step is to wrap the bottom of the leaf around the willow branch and hand-stitch the edges together.
And you’re all done! Enjoy decorating your home for the spring! Last tip – since the stem is made of an actual branch, you can keep it in a vase and watch the branch buds sprout!