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.