How to Make Fabric Roses From Scrap Fabric

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Today I’m going to show you how to make simple fabric roses. Making these DIY fabric roses is a great way to use up your scrap fabric while creating beautiful decorations that can be used in so many different ways.

Tools and materials:

  • Strip of fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Candle (optional)
DIY fabric roses


Cut a strip of fabric that is 4 inches wide and about 30 inches long. It can be almost any type of fabric.

Make fabric roses

Clean up edges

If you’re worried about fraying edges, you can use a candle or other small flame to very carefully burn off the stray threads.

How to make fabric roses


Fold the strip of fabric twice in half lengthwise.

Simple fabric roses

Roll and sew

Next, start rolling one end of the fabric strip. After three or four rolls, use a needle and thread to make a few stitches to secure the rolls.

Easy fabric roses

Twist and roll

Once the center of the flower is made, you’re going to start twisting the fabric backward once before making another roll. Keep doing this until you’ve made it around the center of the flower once.

fabric roses tutorial


Insert the needle on the side of the flower, and pull it out on the opposite side to secure the fabric you have already folded and rolled. 

Fold, roll, and stitch

Continue folding and rolling the fabric, periodically putting in a few stitches around the sides of the flower to secure the fabric.  


When you reach the end of the fabric strip, stitch the edge to the bottom of the flower. Make a few more stitches around the base of the flower, knot the thread, and cut the excess thread. 

Ta-da! Your flower is finished.

This is such a simple way to add elegant details to your sewing projects. They can be added to clothes, purses, or hair accessories. 

Let me know what you think of this fabric rose tutorial, and to what items you will be adding your fabric roses. 

Suggested materials:

  • Strip of fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
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  • Joa13740098 Joa13740098 on Jun 08, 2021

    Be careful burning the fabric. I used to do that for a project and was then warned that the smoke contains harmful minute fragments that are very harmful to your health. Best to do it outside. Nice roses.

    • Leslie Leslie on Jun 08, 2021

      Hi Joa, for natural fabrics they will burn white to light grey and have a natural burning smell. For man made fabrics the smoke will be black and will melt. The fabric will be hard because of the plastics in it. If it is a combo it will burn white and dark and there will be some melting. This is when you should think twice before burning the fabric without proper ventilation. :)

  • Tonia Bacon Tonia Bacon on Jun 09, 2021

    Absolutely gorgeous roses! They will make anything that you attach them to look elegant!

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