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How to Make Fabric Rosettes

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Rolled fabric rosettes are an inexpensive and beautiful way to decorate homemade accessories, homewares, and crafts. This is an easy, beginner tutorial about how to make fabric rosettes without sewing!

I am obsessed with fabric rosettes these days, and apparently the universe agrees, because I see these beautiful little decorations everywhere!

And as gorgeous as they are, I had no idea how easy fabric rosettes are to make. Seriously – this is an “anyone can do it” kind of craft.

Even better? Fabric rosettes are cheap as chips to make. And you probably have everything you need to make one in your house, already.

A Note About This Easy Rolled Fabric Rosette Tutorial

I originally published this tutorial in April, 2011. Can you believe how old this blog is????

It’s actually a guest post by Natalie of the blog NatSprat. The photos show Natalie’s hands and work – and even now, I am amazed by her creativity and how gorgeous her rosettes are.

However, since the Internet has changed so much since 2011, I figured it was time to come back to this post and give it a wee refresh. In October 2020, I decided to update it to provide more information and value, organize it with headings, etc. I’ve since made my own fabric rosettes to use on my yellow and turquoise bird wreath!

The really good stuff in this tutorial – the meaty “how to make a fabric rosette” stuff that you’re hear for – is still Natalie’s. But unfortunately, her blog doesn’t seem to be with us anymore, so I can’t give you a link to show off her other gorgeous work.

Hopefully this tutorial is helpful, and a bit easier to follow with the updates I’ve made.

Happy crafting!

How to Make Fabric Rosettes

Materials Needed to make Fabric Rosettes

Prepare Your Fabric & Felt

Prepare a strip of fabric that’s around 2 inches wide, and about a foot long.

While you can cut the fabric to size if you want, you can also just tear it for a more shabby chic look. I like the look of the rough edges in the finished rosette, and it’s easier!

You also need a square of felt. Cut the to around the same size of what you want your final rosette will be. The felt will make up the rosette’s backing.

Here’s the strip of fabric and felt square used for this step-by-step fabric rosette tutorial.

A long strip of white fabric on a wooden table
A hand holding a small square of grey felt

Start Your Fabric Rosette

Take your strip of fabric, and fold it in half lengthwise. At one end of the folded strip, fold over one corner and then the other to make a point at the top.

Pinch the ends together.

A collage showing how to start the process of making a rolled fabric rosette. The collage shows 4 photos of preparing the fabric to make the rosette

Shape the Rosette

Glue the pointed end of your fabric onto the center of your piece of felt. This is the center of your fabric rosette.

A hand holds a rolled length of fabric that's just been glued to a square of felt

To make the rosette, twist the strip of fabric, staring from the center of the flower (the part you glued to the felt). As you twist, lay the twisted fabric on the felt in a coil, and use your hot glue gun to secure it to the felt backing.

The looser you twist the fabric and the looser your coil, the more shabby the flower will look. I twisted mine pretty tightly for this flower because I was putting it on a headband.

Keep twisting and gluing as you go…

A horizontal collage of 4 images showing step by step how to make fabric rosettes

Finish the Rosette

When your fabric coil reaches the edge of the felt backing, stop twisting and coiling. Now you’ll need to finish the rosette.

Trim off any extra fabric left over, leaving a little bit of hangover.

To finish the flower, you have two choices.

The more difficult method is to use hot glue on the last bit of fabric and tuck it under the edge of the flower to secure it.

Alternatively, you can glue the overhang to the back of the felt. I prefer the second method, because there’s less risk of getting a glue gun burn this way!

A process shot showing a hand trimming the end of a fabric rosette with scissors
A process shot showing a hand holding the felt backing of a fabric rosette, with the end of the rosette glued to the back of the felt

Now, trim around the edge of the felt and – voila – you’ve made a lovely shabby chic fabric rosette without sewing a darn thing!

A process shot showing a hand trimming the felt backing of a homemade rolled fabric rosette

Embellishing a Fabric Rosette

You can stop here, or you can add a bit of embellishment to dress up your rosette.

I like to use buttons, little beads, and faux pearls in the center of the rosette. Just add a little pool of hot glue directly to the center of the rosette, and press your embellishment on, holding tightly for a minute or two.

A detail shot showing a hand pressing a metal button into the center of a fabric rosette to embellish it

Depending on how you plan on using it, a little bit of gathered tulle also looks nice on the back of the rosette. Embellishing them is half the fun!

How to Use a Fabric Rosette

These little fabric flowers are so versatile, and really cute additions to all sorts of accessories and houseware! It seems you can put them on ANYTHING and they look cute!

These fabric rosettes look really cut on headbands.

A horizontal collage image showing 4 different headbands on a girl's head. Each headband is adorned with different homemade fabric rosettes

But I’ve also used them on necklaces, a necklace hanger, a picture frame, a -shirt, a wreath, and a pillow!

A horizontal collage image showing 6 different projects to use a fabric rosette on. The projects include necklaces, necklace hanger, picture frame, t-shirt, wreath, and pillow

Final Thoughts About Making Rolled Fabric Rosettes Without Sewing

You see where I’m going with this??? The possibilities are ENDLESS! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Now, get out there and go make some rolled fabric rosettes!

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How to Make Fabric Rosettes (No Sew)

A process shot showing a hand trimming the felt backing of a homemade rolled fabric rosette

Rolled fabric rosettes are an inexpensive and beautiful way to decorate homemade accessories, homewares, and crafts. This is an easy, beginner tutorial about how to make fabric rosettes without sewing!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Materials

  • Strips of fabric measuring approximately 2 inches wide and 12 inches long
  • Small pieces of felt
  • Buttons or embellishments

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Plug in your glue gun to preheat.
  2. While glue gun is heating, prepare your fabric and felt. Rip or cut a strip of fabric to be around 2" long and 12" wide. Cut a square of felt that's 2" to 3" on each side. Set it aside
  3. Take the strip of fabric, and fold it in half, lengthwise. At one end, fold the top corner in, and then do the same with the other corner to make a point. Pinch the point together with your fingers.
  4. Glue the pointed end of your fabric strip onto the center of your felt square and let it set. This will be the center of the fabric rosette.
  5. Once the center is securely glued to the felt, take the fabric strip and twist it. The looser you twist the fabric, the shabbier the rosette will look.
  6. As you twist, coil the fabric down onto the felt, using your hot glue gun to secure it to the felt backing as you work. Keep twisting, coiling, and gluing until you reach the edge of the felt.
  7. Trim off any excess fabric from the strip, leaving about 1/4" to 1/2" at the end.
  8. Secure the excess fabric to the felt, either by tucking it under the coiled flower and using hot glue, or running the excess over to the back of the felt square and securing with hot glue.
  9. Trim the edge of the felt backing to fit the fabric rosette.
  10. Embellish the center of the rosette by gluing a small bead or button on (optional).

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Jen

Sunday 17th of April 2011

I've been looking for a fabric flower tutorial! This one is great, Thanks for posting it!

Sailing with bare feet

Friday 15th of April 2011

I am now your follower !!

Sailing with bare feet

Friday 15th of April 2011

WOW !! I love the necklace hanger !! WOW !! Wish you where doing a giveaway for that !! I would be posting like crazy!! Great work on that !!!! lovew it !!

You can visit my blog here http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

Emily @ RemarkableHome

Wednesday 13th of April 2011

Natalie, this is too funny. I totally considered asking you to do this on my blog! My sister had some skin cancer on her head and has to wear a hat all the time now when she is outside. SO, i found a cute pink straw hat for her and wanted to make some of these to embellish it but I didn't know how. Now I do!I had no idea you glued them to a piece of felt! I would have just tried to make it without the felt and probably would have glued it to the table or something!Did you know there are low temp glue guns that don't get as hot? The glue doesn't get as hot so you have to work faster but there is less chance of burning yourself!

Can't wait to see your guest post on my blog! Hope everyone here will come over to see it!

ShantyGirl

Wednesday 13th of April 2011

These are very pretty I love the use of them on the picture frame!Sherry

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