Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DIY flower belt

This project came about because I bought a cute white top to wear for my maternity photo shoot this upcoming Saturday. The top came with a small string as a "belt". It was nothing special, so I decided I would make my own flower belt to go with the shirt.

Here's how I did it. You'll need:

Fabric remnants (I used lace, satin and taffeta but you can use whatever you'd like!)
Ribbon (I used 1" grosgrain) 
Glue gun and glue sticks
Fabri Tac glue 
Measuring tape
Needle and thread

Cut your ribbon which will act as the belt. I cut mine to 70 inches. Set this aside since you won't be using it until the end of the project.

Flower #1

Start making your first flower by cutting 4 petal shapes out of the fabric of your choice. Make these about 3 inches long. Don't worry about your edges being imperfect, it makes the belt even cuter!

Cut 8 more petals. Make 4 of them about 2 1/2 inches long, make the other 4 about 2 inches long.

Grab one of your largest petals and dab the base with the fabric glue.

Pinch petal in half where you just dabbed the glue.

Do this for all of your petals, keeping them grouped by size.

Start gluing the largest petals together by dabbing some fabric glue at the base of each petal.

Once you have all of your largest petals glued together, glue your medium petals on top of these, followed by your smallest petals on top of those. You'll end up with this:

Stitch some pretty beads in the center of your flower.

Now you're done!

Flower #2

Cut several squares out of your fabric measuring approximately 4 1/2 inches.

Fold into a small square, round off your edges, and snip off the bottom corner.

Cut a small piece of ribbon to use as the back of this flower. Dab with hot glue and attach folded petal onto ribbon.

Cut more petals and continue to glue onto ribbon....

When you're happy with the fullness of the flower, cut a little scrap piece of fabric and roll it up to make the center of your flower.

Here's what the back will look like when you're done.

Flower #3

Start this flower by cutting a small square of fabric to use as the back of your flower. Then cut a long strip of the fabric you'll be using for the petals, making it about 2 1/2 inches wide. 

Put a dab of hot glue onto your backing fabric and begin to pleat your petal fabric around it into a circular shape.

Keep adding hot glue as you go.

Here's what you'll have when the first layer is almost done.

Repeat the same process, gluing a second layer of fabric on top of the first one.

Once you finish the second layer, cut a small circle of fabric and glue it down into the middle of your flower.

Glue down some beads in the center and you're done!

Flower #4

This is the same as flower #1, just with different fabric and slightly smaller in size.

Once you have all of your flowers made, line them up in the order you want to have them on the belt.

Attach them to your ribbon belt with hot glue.

To make your flowers extra secure, stitch them to the back of your belt.

Here's what it looks like on.

Here's the cost breakdown for the project:

Taffeta: $2.24
Silk: $2.41
Lace: $2.49
Ribbon: $3.49
Beads: $2.09

TOTAL: $12.72

I had the fabric glue, glue gun and glue sticks, thread and needle and some other beads on hand.

I hope you like this project! Stay tuned to see how I wear the belt for my maternity shoot!


  1. OMGosh, Rachel! First, you look beautiful! And second, I LOVE the belt! Super cute! Great job!

  2. @The DIY Show Off

    Aw, thank you so much! You are too sweet!

  3. Wow! Love this. I will definitely try it :)
    Let's Make It Lovely


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