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Rolled fabric flower tutorial

This small flower is a common decorative element in traditional pojagi. It is not difficult, but takes a bit of planning ahead, since it involves glue and you need to allow drying time.

It is best done with a fine fabric like silk. This sample is done with handkerchief linen with regular polyester sewing thread.

Prepare the fabric

1. Cut out a 2″ square of fabric.

square of pink fabric on diagonal.

2. Using a long, thin needle to help, roll up from the corner to the middle.

fabric being rolled on a needle.

Once you get to the middle, place a pin or two to hold it.

half square of fabric rolled and held with pins.

Then roll in from the opposite corner.  You can remove the pins and just hold with your fingers.

square of fabric rolled in from opposite corners held in a hand.

3. Fold in half.

rolled square of fabric folded in half.

Secure with thread

4. Thread a needle with matching thread, and anchor in the fabric.

rolls of fabric being tacked with a needle and thread.

5. Wrap the thread tightly around the fabric. Make sure it is holding it securely – maybe 12-15 wraps.

fabric rolls wrapped with thread

Once the wrapping is done, secure the thread again, knot it and cut it off.


6. Trim off the ends of the fabric, being sure to leave the wrap with the folded edge.

trimming end off fabric rolls with scissors

7. Place a dot of glue or fray check on the edges of the cut fabric to stop it from unravelling. Allow it to dry.

applying glue to the raw edges of the fabric rolls to secure.


Once it’s dry, carefully open the rolls of the fabric.

fingers holding fabric rolls being opened to make a flower.

You’re done!

close up of rolled fabric flower.

There it is!  A little flower.

To attach to a project, use matching thread and tack down in the ditches by the rolls.

These embellishments are not only used as flowers.  If you look at pojagi, you will start to notice them more now that you know how they are made.

You could use them in many embroidery or sewing projects.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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