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A Free Fabric Flower Pattern for Stunning Poppy Seed heads

Inside: A fabric flower pattern and a step-by-step tutorial to make poppy seed head decorations.

My day starts with a long walk and then coffee!

The walks vary from country park hikes to urban rambles. In spring, wild poppies line the paths on both treks. They are one of my favourite flowers, and at the end of the summer, I love to pick the dried poppy seed heads and put them in a vase for decoration.

Many of my crafts involve mimicking nature with paper and fabric. For example, I made fabric mushrooms, map roses, denim flowers, velvet figs and felt succulent gardens.

This time I’ve created a pattern to make fabric flower poppy seed pods.

(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)

Fabric Poppy Seed Heads

I have designed a straightforward fabric flower pattern with only one shape. Make poppy seed heads in different sizes by shrinking or enlarging the pattern.

I warn you, it’s addictive, and I made loads of these poppy pods in an assortment of fabrics and colours.

This hand-sewn craft uses a simple blanket stitch and running stitch. Each poppy head takes about 20 minutes to make.

Make them whilst watching a box set on the telly; it’s a good couch craft.

Making these poppy seed pods is a fun way to use fabric scraps. You can make them in velvet, denim, linen and colourful pieces of cotton.

Fabrics that fray work best, but the pattern can be tweaked to work with non-fraying materials such as felt.

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The Fabric Pattern & Guide

What you need to make one poppy seed pod

what you need to make fabric flower poppy seed pods

The fabric flower pattern

Download the template below here.

fabric flower pattern for poppy seed heads

Step 1: Download and print out the pattern and then cut out the template shape. Draw around the shape six times on the fabric.

Drawing around the template

Step 2: Cut out the fabric shapes to have six identical pieces.

Six petal shapes of for fabric poppy pod pattern

Step 3: Pin two of the fabric shapes together. Stitch them along one long side using a simple blanket stitch. Start the stitching about 3mm from the pointed tip and then sew along the edge stopping about 1cm from the top.

The segments will be well-defined using a blanket stitch, just like they are with real poppy seed pods.

blanket stitching sides together
stitching two edges together

Step 4: Keep sewing the shapes until all six are together.

Sewing all the pieces togther.

Step 5: Sew up both ends of the shape to form the seed head body. Then stuff it with fiberfill.

stuffing fabric poppy seed head.

Step 6: Use one long running stitch and pull tight to close and gather the top of the poppy pod. (Just like the one I used to make these sweater balls).

Stitching the top of the fabric poppy flower pod

Step 7: Pull the woven threads at the top unstitched 1cm of the pods to fray them.

Using fabric like felt that doesn’t fray, just cut small slits in the material to mimic fraying.

Fraying the poppy seed heads

Making the Poppy Pod Stem

Step 8: Cut a strip of fabric about 30cm long and 5mm wide. ( You can use several shorter strips to make the length).

Step 9: Cover the floral wire in double side sticky tape and wrap the strip of fabric around it.

wrapping the stem in fabric

Step 10: Finish off the poppy by sticky the stem in the bottom of the seed head. Use fabric glue to hold it in place.

Gluing stem to fabric poppy head
Denim fabric poppy seed head decoration

More Fabric Poppy Pods

As I said at the beginning, this is an addictive craft. I made loads of these poppy seed heads in fabric scraps, including repurposed old jeans.

The velvet ones were made from sofa swatches. I even made some in tartan to go with my tartan feathers.

Denim fabric poppy seed pod
Bunch of denim poppy seed heads

Unlike real poppy seed heads, you can make these fabric ones in various colours and even use patterned fabric scraps.

I do think the ones in tartan look a bit like Scottish thistles.

A rainbow of fabric poppy seed heads
Jar full of fabric poppy seed heads

They make lovely handmade gifts. I have given my friends and family vases of these fabric flowers in their favourite colours. Choose colours that will match your decor.

Pink poppies in vase
Velvet fabric poppy heads in vase

If you liked this post, you should check out my denim pom pom flowers and repurposed fabric flowers.

Yield: A fabric poppy seed head.

Fabric Poppy Seed Pod Decorations

fabric flower seed heads from free pattern

This is a fun scrap fabric buster and hand-sewn craft to make gorgeous poppy seed heads out of material. You can use velvet, cotton, linens, tartan and denim to create this unique decoration.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Fabric scraps in the colour and material of your choice (but woven fabrics work best).
  • Floral wire stem
  • Double sided-sticky tape
  • Fabric glue
  • A small amount of fiberfill (I use the stuffing from old pillows).

Tools

  • Needle and thread in a colour similar to the fabric.
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Download and print out the free fabric flower pattern. Cut out the template shape.
  2. Draw around the cutout paper shape onto the fabric six times and cut out six identical pieces.
  3. Hand-stitch all six pieces together along the long edge, one by one. Use a simple blanket stitch.t
  4. Once all the pieces are stitched into a pod shape, stuff with fiberfill.
  5. Close the top of the poppy head with a single running stitch pulled tight.stitching the top
  6. Pull the threads out of the top of the poppy pod to fray it. Fraying the top of the poppy seed head
  7. Cut a long strip of fabric about 5mm wide. Cover the floral wire in double-sided sticky tape, then wrap the fabric strip around the wire.
  8. Finish the poppy by sticking the stem into the bottom of the seed head and glueing it in place.Denim fabric poppy seed head decoration

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DIY fabric poppy seed pod heads

Julie

Saturday 28th of January 2023

I love these! They will be a feature over at Handmade Monday this coming week :-)

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 29th of January 2023

That’s awesome thank you so much.

Donna via Funky Junk

Saturday 28th of January 2023

Oh my... these fabric flowers are decadent! They remind me of flower buds! Love both the denim and full colour, so fun!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Thank you, they are fun to make to.

mie

Saturday 21st of January 2023

These are beautiful! Thank you!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Thank you 😊

Michelle

Saturday 21st of January 2023

I didn't realise until this minute that I neeeeeed fabric poppies all over the house. This is so cool, Claire. I love how they turned out!!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Thank you, I can’t stop making them myself. Luckily I have loads of fabric scraps to choose from.

Ingrid

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

Super bello!!!!!! Ya mismo me voy a poner a hacer unas cuantas. Gracias por compartir

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

Thank you so much 😊

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