Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Tutorial for Flower Napkin Ties

Here is another easy tutorial to use up some of those scraps. This is my very first tutorial, so if anything is unclear please let me know!
Fabric scraps
Needle and thread
12 inch ribbon
Yo yo
Doll Maker Needle or one that has a eye
Button (optional)

1. Cut five 3 x 3 squares and five 2 x 2 squares. Get creative - use a mix of fabrics. I used Amy Butler's Happy Stripe and Clematis.

2. Fold the squares into triangles, wrong sides together, and press.

3. Sew a straight gathering stitch over the open ends of the triangle (I started with one of the 3 x 3’s)

4. Pull the thread and gather the fabric to make a petal.

5. String on the next 2 x 2 triangle.

6. Pull the string and gather the fabric, now you have two petals. Repeat using every other sized triangle.
7. Now arrange the string of petals spiraling so that one layer is on top of the other. This is the hardest part. Simply play with the petals to arrange them how you think they look best, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!

8. When you have the petals arranged how you like them, sew through a few folds to hold in place. Then stitch the starting petal into place. Add a few more stitches if needed.

9. I used a yo yo that I made with my mini yo yo maker. If you don’t have one, you can follow the directions here to make one. Get creative – add a vintage button or something else fun.

10. Use your Doll Maker Needle to pull the ribbon through the yo yo and back out. Pull the ribbon through the center of your flower so that ribbon ends are both out the same end.

11. I pulled the ribbon tight to give the yo yo a few little creases to match the petals. Tie a knot and you’re done! Easy, wasn’t it? Now you can tie your ribbon around your folded napkin. If you are in the mood for some more flower tutorials, go check out the Sew Mama Sew blog here.


  1. Great first tutorial! Lovely for a spring table.

  2. what a great idea! so cute. thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Great tutorial! I like the different sized petals!

  4. I love these flowers - my friend and I were just discussing how to make fabric flowers - perfect timing! :)

  5. Thanks for sharing. Love the spring colors! Where is your cute dinnerware from? I have been searching everywhere for exactly that!

  6. The plates are Staccato Dinnerware from Crate and Barrel. I love them because I can mix some colorful bowls or glasses with them to change things up. And food looks really yummy on them.


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