In the last minute craziness of finishing Gifted Magazine a few weeks ago, I completely forgot to add a note about the cover image (photo by me) and the poppy gift toppers I made for it. Oops!
In any case, today I thought it would be fun to share a simple how-to with you so that you can make your own DIY Fabric Poppy Flower Gift Toppers. Be forewarned that these little blooms are incredibly addicting to make. In fact before I knew it I had made so many of them that my studio looked like the field of poppies from the Wizard of Oz (minus the opium haze of course). Anyhow, I certainly don’t need all of them, so I have listed a few of them in my shop for those of you who might not want to make them, or just don’t have the time to do so.
If you’re on board for making your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- A ventilated work space
- Lighter or matches
- Chiffon or lightweight satin – your fabric needs to be 100% polyester in order to work properly
- Tulle in black (optional)
- Fabric scissors
- Embroidery thread in black
- Matching red thread (optional)
- Button (optional)
- Seed beads (optional)
Step 1: Prep your fabric. Cut out squares of chiffon in varying sizes ranging from 3.5 to 2 inches You will need 3-4 squares per flower (at least 1 small, 1, medium, and 1 large). Snip around the edges to round them into rough circles. They don’t need to be perfect.
Step 2: Creating the petals. Please follow my quick video tutorial above for the petal making process. I was going to write all the steps out, but it is far easier for you to see the process in action (even without the sound on, it should make sense). I added notes throughout the video for those of you who need to watch with the sound off. If for some reason you need extra help on any of the steps, please be sure to let me know. I’m happy to help.
Step 3: Dress up the middle of your flower. For the poppies here I first added a small circle of black tulle to the middle and then made a mini pom pom out of black embroidery floss and stitched in into the center of my pom pom (on top of the tulle). You can watch my DIY Pom Pom tutorial from earlier today if you’d like a bit more help with the how-to (there’s an example of an embroidery floss pom pom at the end).
Stitch through the center of your flower (all three layers plus the tulle and pom pom) until everything feels secure (3-4 stitches should be fine). Alternately, you can finish the center of your flower with a cute button or stitch in some small seed beads for a unique look.
Step 4: Finishing. Add a double-sided glue dot (available at craft stores) to the back for easy gift topping. You could also attach a pin-back to make it into a wearable accessory or adhere it to a headband or any other accessory you’d like. Just think of the fun gifts you could make!
I hope you have fun and enjoy making these lovely flowers. Experiment with the number of petals and colors you use…you can make peonies, roses, and more. Check out my DIY Fabric Peony Flowers here. For my sister’s wedding I came up with a way to make white daisies (let me know if that tutorial would interest you, and I can put it together sometime soon). xo Ez
Please note: This project is not intended for young children or pregnant women (because of fumes). Please work in a ventilated work space. Never leave candles unattended and use caution near open flame. For safety, keep a glass of water or extinguisher close by in case of a flare up (this has never happened to me…but I want everyone to be safe).