The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Pinwheel Flower Tutorial

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pinwheel Flower Tutorial

Fabric Scraps
Needle and thread
Compass or circular object
Pencil or pen

1.  Use a compass or circular object to draw a circle onto a piece of paper.  The circle should be the size you want your finished pinwheel flower to end up being.  Cut out the paper circle to use it as a stencil for cutting out 7 (thinner fabrics) or 6 (thicker fabrics like knit) circles from your fabric scraps.

2. Use one of the fabric circles as the base of your flower.  Set it aside for just a bit.  Fold a second circle in half once.

3. Then fold the half circle into the shape of a "s" or "z" by folding one side over one direction and...

the other side over the other direction.

4. This creates a triangle...

that you pin onto the fabric circle you are using for your base.

5. Repeat steps three and four continuing to pin the triangular petals around the circular fabric base.  If you are using a thinner fabric, you will be able to fit six petals around the flower base, but if you are using a thicker fabric, you will only be able to fit five petals.

6. Use your needle and thread to secure the flower by making several stitches through all of the pieces around the center.  (Tip: I usually sew a spiraling circle around the center that catches all of the pieces but is small enough to be hidden by the button.)

7. Secure a button to the center of your flower.  Now you have a finished pinwheel flower.

You can attach a snap to it in order to use it for a "Snappy" T-Shirt headband,

glue a pin back onto it in order to use it as a brooch,

or simply sew it onto a piece of clothing.

Happy Sewing!


  1. luv it, thanks.

  2. Thank you for making this so easy to follow.

  3. Those are so cute! Love it.

  4. What a fun way to make button flowers. Will definitly have to try making them myself!

  5. I think these are my favorite flowers yet! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.
    Found you from New Nostalgia. Come check out LBT when you get a chance. Thx!

  6. I am always looking for cute flowers. I really like this one. Thanks for posting this one.

    I have recently started blogging about stuff I am making for my 1 year old! Come on over and say hi!

  7. Very sweet, my daughter is loving these, may have to make her some.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Cha Cha

  8. I haven't seen this method before - but I love the ruffly look to the flowers. They're really pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial. :)

  9. These look so pretty - got to try it !

  10. Hi, Thanks so much for joining is at A Crafty Soiree... I am featuring your project today:

  11. oops

  12. Yey, glad I found this tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

    I am also inviting you to add your blog at - a mommy blogger directory and more, where you can also meet more mom bloggers like you.

    Following us back is deeply appreciated. Thanks and have a great day!

    BLR Graham -- blogging and connecting blogging moms.
    {all moms welcome}

  13. When I have seen these they looked difficult to make. Thanks for showing they really aren't.

  14. Thanks! I have tried a few different styles of scrappy bows, and am eager to give this one a go tonight! -Kelly

  15. Super cute flowers. Love the tutorial! I'll have to try it out.

  16. Me gusta mucho el tutorial !!!gracias por ponerlo

  17. Very nice work!
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Greetings from Bulgaria!

  18. Hmm.... wonder if I have the patience for this; my daughter would love to make them! Visiting from the KBN.


Each and every one of your comments means so much to me. I love to hear from friends both old and new. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the world and thanks for taking the time to let me know you were here.