Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial…

May 5, 2009

This super easy tuto­r­ial has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties. If you don’t have access to a sewing pat­tern you could sub­sti­tute it with cof­fee fil­ters, old book pages, vin­tage sheet music, wall­pa­per or pat­terned paper. If you cre­ate one I hope you share your fin­ished project. I would love to see how you use this flower. I think it would look great as a sweet pin for a hat or bag or as an embell­ish­ment for a card, lay­out or project. Such fun. Enjoy!

Finished Sewing Pattern Flower

Sup­plies Needed:
Sewing Pat­tern (pur­chased mine at a Thrift Store for super cheap)
1– Vin­tage But­ton
2 — Small Beads
Embroi­dery Floss

Tools Needed:
Sizzix Die (Flower, Daisy #4)
Sewing Nee­dle
Martha Stew­art Seal Punch


  • Cut a por­tion of your folded sewing pat­tern and folded pat­tern instruc­tions just big enough to cover the flower por­tion of the Sizzix Flower Daisy #4 die. I left my pat­tern folded so I could get as many flower lay­ers as possible.

Cut stacks from a sewing pattern the sewing instructions

  • Crum­ple the stack of folded sewing pat­tern and folded pat­tern instruc­tions in your hand.

Crumpled sewing pattern and pattern instructions

  • Sep­a­rate the lay­ers of the sewing pat­tern and sewing instruc­tions and stack on top of each other alter­nat­ing the lay­ers between the sewing pat­tern and sewing instructions

Layered sewing pattern and sewing instructions

  • Using a sewing nee­dle and embroi­dery floss attach your but­ton. To add a lit­tle inter­est to your but­ton sew a small bead to cover each but­ton hole. To acheive this look bring your nee­dle up through the but­ton hole, place a bead onto your nee­dle then go back down the same but­ton hole. Repeat this in the next but­ton hole.

Accented Button Holes

  • To fin­ish the back punch a seal from the sewing instruc­tions and attach it over the area you stitched your button.

Finished Back

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  • Maisie Moon­shine

    Lov­ing this flower — what a bril­liant idea — I’ve got the Sizzix Flower Lay­ers #3 die but I reckon it will work just as well. Great tuto­r­ial and using sewing pat­tern paper is inspired. Thanks Lisa.

  • Dar­lene

    Such a lovely flower and made with pat­tern tissue…so clever! I am going to give it a try.

  • leonie

    This is lovely, Thank you for sharing.

  • Aunt Brenda

    Hey, hey.… love the beads! And, you, too!

  • Angie Tie­man

    What an awe­some flower! Thanks for shar­ing the tutorial!

  • Beth W

    Too funny-I have been on a flower mak­ing binge lately. They are all over the house-now I have a new one to make! Thanks :mrgreen:

  • Kim O.

    Just love your flower!! Never thought of using a pat­tern but I’m sure that I could dig a few up that haven’t been used for a llloonnngg time! I can’t wait to try this.

  • Beth W

    Update:found the die on sale on the Sizzix out­let on e-bay. My Dol­lar Tree has the coolest tis­sue paper they use to wrap break­ables in-since they know me so well, I talked them out of some. Can’t wait to get the die so I can show you. Thank you for sharing!

  • Mil­lie

    Lovely, can’t wait to try this!!

  • Bon­nie

    Who’d a thought!! what a great use for old patterns.

  • mary

    thank so much fo shar­ing this — i love it:)

  • Linda Hahn

    Now I know what to do with my Mom’s old sewing pat­terns!! Thanks, Lisa.

  • Donna

    What a pretty flower! I’m sure I have an old sewing pat­tern some­where to give this a try. Thank you for the great instructions!

  • Jen­nifer

    Stun­ning! I love the look of this.…can’t wait to hit a thrift shop and cre­ate one of these.

  • wendy vec­chi

    WOW!!! I LOVE this!!
    But I have to say…it’s SHOCKING…NO GLITTER??

  • Martha

    Love the entire idea! I’ve got a few friends who sew and I’m always look­ing for clever theme projects. Thanks for your gen­eros­ity in sharing!

  • Melissa

    I love you.…you amaze and delight me.

  • Sandy G

    Do you need a “Sizzix” die to make one?
    I don’t have the fog­gi­est idea what that is.
    Love the flower!!!!!!!!

  • Sew­marm

    This is def­i­nitely one of the love­lier fab­ric flow­ers I’ve seen.

  • midge

    lovely flower, del­i­cate and clever—thanks for sharing.

  • Liddy

    Just love this it’s gor­geous, thanks for being soooo clever. Haven’t got Sizzix dies but got Cut­tle­bug ones, going to experiment.

  • Berta

    Lisa, thanks so much for shar­ing this idea!! I love it and have already made a few, since I have a ton of old sewing patterns!

  • Annie

    I am think­ing about try­ing this with scrap bits of thin fab­ric, with just dots of glue between each to stick… Thanks for giv­ing me the inspration!

  • sandy

    I am addicted to flow­ers and love to make my own…this is amazing…the pat­tern paper makes it so delicate…I will be try­ing this one for sure…can’t wait to check out your other tutes…Michele @ scrap and dance has put together an awe­some col­lec­tion of tuto­ri­als and she has sev­eral of yours.…love them and thank you!

  • Olive Appleby

    how clever .….. that could work with many items. thanks for shar­ing. Crafters are such clever folk. Ciao

  • One Sec­ond Needle

    This is such a won­der­ful idea. The fin­ished flow­ers look really good. Thanks for the tutorial.