How to Make a Fabric Rosette

Hello again! Stephanie from Stephie B’s Designs here again to teach you a new How-To. (I love teaching you How-Tos, so thanks for stopping by!)

Today I’ll be walking you through the super easy process of making a fabric rosette. I think this style is absolutely beautiful, and while you will find many looks and variations out there on the World Wide Web, this one is my favorite, so I wanted to share it. Lucky you!

Do you have five minutes? Yes? Good! Lets get started then.

Gather your materials.

  • Fabric (I suggest woven) – 3″ x 22″ is a great place to start
  • Fabric scrap for the back of the rosette – a 3″ x 3″ square should be enough, but wait until after the rosette is finished
    to cut a piece if possible
  • Iron (if necessary to press your fabric)
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler or measuring tape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks – Don’t have one? You can use a thread and needle instead
How to Make a Fabric Rosette

Prepare and cut your fabric.

If you’re like me, you have a limited amount of space to keep all your lovely fabrics, so inevitably, when you pull some out to use, you need to iron the heck out of it. Wovens are especially iron-needy, so you may need to take a few minutes to press out the wrinkles.

I always use a product called Best Press when I iron my troublesome wovens – and knits for that matter. A quilter friend of mine recommend it to me, and now I’m recommending it to you! I love that its not really a starch, so there is no residue, but it really truly aids in pressing and keeping fabric flat.

You can see in the images below the before and after… it’s magic!

Cut your fabric to the desired length and width.

For a rosette roughly 2″ in diameter, cut a 3″ x 22″ piece (I recommended that size in the materials section above). A longer piece will result in a rosette with a larger diameter, and a wider piece will make a thicker rosette.

How to Make a Fabric Rosette

Knot and roll!

Fold your strip in half longways,

Then tie a knot on one of the short sides of your strip.

Fold the knot back into the strip (this is hard to explain in text, so see the picture below, comparing it to the image above).

Pinch the strip around the knot…

And start rolling clockwise, twisting the fabric slightly as you go around.

When you get to the end of your strip, tuck the raw edge under slightly, and glue or hand sew it down.

In the image below, my finger is on the glued down portion of the strip.

You’re almost there!

Grab your fabric scrap and cut out a circle the size of the rosette.

Glue or hand sew the scrap to the back of the rosette. Try to include as much of the surface area as possible to ensure your rosette doesn’t pop apart or unwind.

Flip it back over, and there you go!!!

Isn’t it lovely?!

Go forth and rosette! These look wonderful on clothes, headbands, pictures frames… really anything you can think of. 🙂

Side note… love the floral pattern in the final image above? It’s the Peony Parade from Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop – it comes in both cotton Lycra AND swim! Love!!!

What will you put your rosettes on?! Leave a comment below and let me know!

how to make a fabric rosette.

6 Responses

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. What is the best way to attach it to fabric so it doesn’t droop down the clothing and for optimal security (like making it through the wash)?

    1. Christina, great questions! Thank you!

      If attaching a rosette to clothing, I recommend adding a stabilizer to the backside of the garment you are putting it on, otherwise – as you mention – it will likely pull the fabric down. You can also try and use a lightweight fabric to make the rosette, which will help with the sagging.

      As for washing, it may be a good idea to reinforce the rosette with some handstitching on either the bottom or from the side through the center to the other side. The second way may be more visible, but if you work the needle up from the bottom, you may be able to hide the thread all together. (I hope that description made sense!) Maybe I’ll add an update to the tutorial to address your questions, as well.

  2. Thank you for sharing, very cute and useful with a first granddaughter arriving in early summer.
    You are very talented with all the beautiful patterns.

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