Crafting: Fabric Rosettes

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and not as much Crafting here lately, but I’m back on track and have a fun little project for you that satisfies my love of both accessories and fabric. It’s also perfect for making Valentine’s Day gifts for your friends and family or just for yourself! Today’s tutorial shows you how to make fabric rosettes which can be used on brooches, hair clips, necklaces, home decor projects and more.
What you’ll need:
craft glue (I use E9000)
pin backs, hair clips, bobby pins etc
buttons, beads, misc embellishments (optional)

Start with a strip of fabric 1″ by about 20″ – 25″. (I cut a 1″ strip the height of my fabric, then cut it in half. Many fabrics are 44″ so you end up with a 22″ strip, but some do vary which is ok.) You’ll need one strip of fabric per rosette.
Fold the strip in half and press with an iron.

Cut a piece of cardstock (or cardboard) 1/2″ x 11″ (or the height of your stock). Pin the folded fabric strip to the cardstock and begin wrapping it around on an angle, not too tight. Secure the other end with a pin and press with the iron.
Once completely cooled, slide the cardstock out, keeping the wrapping as is. Fix any spots as necessary and press again with the iron.
To form the rosette, roll the strip around a pencil starting at one end. Once rolled, slide the pencil out and begin to shape the rosette by spreading it out a bit and twisting the center with your fingers if needed. Secure the loose end on the back with a pin and lightly press again with the iron to flatten it a bit.
Depending on what you will be doing with your rosette, you can either stitch it together or you can glue it to a piece of felt (remove the pin before glueing). Ideally you’ll want to use a piece of felt that is close in color to your fabric but I just used what I had on hand.
You can then glue or stitch a pinback, bobby pin or hair clip to your rosette or sew it onto a shirt, bag, etc!
While I love the look of the simple rosettes by themselves, you can also embellish the center with buttons or beads which can be glued or stitched into place.

You can create rosettes in different sizes by using a longer or shorter piece of fabric or wrapping them tighter or more loosely. You will also find the type of fabric you use will affect the size of the finished rosette. Above can see how different embellishments really change the look of the finished piece.

If using more than one rosette on a hair clip, brooch or necklace, glue them to a piece of felt and trim the excess felt once dry (shown a few photos up). You can then embellish and glue to a hair clip or add ribbon or chain for a necklace.
These would also be darling stitched right onto a tank top strap, across the top of a tshirt or onto one side of a cardigan. Oh, the possibilities!

A variety of materials, colors and textures creates a nice grouping and you can also add other elements, such as buttons or charms, to create a unique cluster or fill any gaps between rosettes with beads, pearls or scraps of trim and lace. Just have fun and experiment! And if you do, I’d love to hear about it. Happy crafting!

44 thoughts on “Crafting: Fabric Rosettes

  1. Andromache says:

    I love love love it!! I saw a shirt with these once in the how-tuesday, but it didnt have clear instructions for the rosettes…I will be using this for sure. I might make a bunch and send to my sister in halifax!
    thanks Nicole πŸ™‚


  2. eNVe says:

    oh my gosh, those are awesome! I really need to remember this for when my daughter is old enough to craft with me. You'll remind me, won't you? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing, Nik!


  3. Emily says:

    I am completely new to pretty much all things crafty and still learning about different types of fabrics. May I ask what types you used, especially for the fuschia example? Or if you have any recommendations for types of fabric to use, they would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks and these are very cool.


  4. lillyella says:

    Hey Emily!
    You can use any kind of fabric for this project – the thickness and texture will just affect the final size and look of the rosette a bit.
    In these photos, the teal and brown fabrics I show are linen, the mustard patterned fabric and the blue/brown/chartreuse pattern are both cottons, like quilting fabric, and the pink (which was my favorite and the easiest to work with), Im not sure what it is – I had some scraps that my neighbor gave me. It was very lightweight and gauzy feeling, it had some stretch in the 'wrinkles' – Ill see if I can find out and I'll post back when I do.


  5. Emily says:

    Thank you so much! I live in a REALLY small town ergo my fabric choices are limited. However, today I made the drive and found lots of fabric that appears similar to yours. May have gone a little overboard and bought a button making kit too!


  6. Mac and Kat says:

    Love this tutorial!! Ok…I tried making them and whenever I come to the part of winding it around the pencil and then arranging the 'petals', it basically falls apart. It all unravels. What am I doing wrong?



  7. lillyella says:

    Hey Kat,
    Without seeing what is happening, it's really hard for me to say, but you may be wrapping it too tightly around the pencil, it needs to be fairly loose, at least the first couple wraps, so that you can slide the pencil out without pulling the twisted rosette apart. Could that be the problem? report back!
    ~ nicole


  8. Mac and Kat says:

    Actually I can get it off the pencil it's the next step that gets really tricky! Ok.. when I take it off the pencil the whole thing unravels! It will not keep the shape of the rose! I don't understand how you hold and work with it without it becoming flat and popping loose and everything! Does this make since? It becomes a ball of nothing!



  9. lillyella says:

    sorry, kat! Im really not sure what to tell you without seeing it. Maybe try a different fabric? Also make sure your 'winding' of the fabric is nice and tight and pressed firmly down when you remove the cardboard strip. if it's too loose with too many gaps between 'twists', I could see how it might fall apart. Also, if you are using very stiff fabric or even some cottons, it is harder to flatten out and shape the rose. Try a soft fabric like a lightweight linen or a guaze, see if that works better. let me know!


  10. jonna says:

    Your tutorial is great and thorough! My friends and I made some this weekend. We had found a couple of other tutorials and yours was the easiest to understand! Thanks so much!


  11. lillyella says:

    Hi Donna,
    they are essentially the same thing, E6000 will work just fine, and so will many clear multi purpose craft glues. I also like Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue, but it's not as strong as the E6000.
    thanks for visiting!


  12. Sherma Yearword says:

    hey….this is an very awesome link….it is very cute!! but i am having a little problem can u please assist me lillyella?


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