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Silk Lotus Flower


Tip: As you are sewing the petal units to the flower, make sure the ripples in the petals are evenly distributed around the flower. You can pull the petals one way or another and hand-tack in place to achieve this.


  • Crinoline (milliner's interfacing) or other stiff interfacing
  • 1/4 yard silk taffeta or dupion fabric
  • Scissors
  • Folding diagram
  • Hand-sewing needle and coordinating thread
  • Oil votive candle for singeing (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Cut one 3-inch square from the crinoline and set aside. Cut five 3-inch squares from the silk. Following the diagram, fold and cut each silk square into a six-petal flower-shaped "unit."

  2. Step 2

    In the center of one silk petal unit, sew a running stitch in a circle, about 3/8 inch in diameter. Draw this row of hand-stitching tight, and sew the center of the unit to the crinoline.

  3. Step 3

    With the next four silk units, sew and gather progressively larger circles in the center of each (in terms of coins, these circles would be about the size of a dime, penny, nickel, and quarter). Sew each gathered unit to the crinoline on top of the previous one, containing the nub of fabric in the center of one petal unit inside the nub of fabric in the center of the next.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the work over and trim the crinoline close to the stitches. Fluff the petals to give the flower life. Singe raw edges of flower, if desired.

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2010

Reviews (12)

  • 19 Jun, 2013

    Iwant to know abt the flower making pls review that.......

  • 19 Jun, 2013

    good look

  • 20 Jan, 2011

    Also I would like to add that I have been able to get two flowers out of each necktie, one of both the smaller size as in the diagram and the larger size that they had constructed with Martha. One to give and one to keep. ';0)

  • 20 Jan, 2011

    I love this and have spent my evenings in front of the TV sewing flower after flower since. I have used for the base inexpensive stiff material usually used for re-upholstering. Also I did not have the scrap silk, but I have found that old neckties work wonderfully. Besides it is a good thing to wear a little decoration that once was on my husband or father, even made some for my pastor's wife and now have a flower of my own from one of his ties.

  • 10 Nov, 2010

    This was a really interesting segment--Kenneth is such a great teacher. I hope you'll bring him back to the show again soon!

  • 10 Nov, 2010

    This was a really interesting segment--Kenneth is such a great teacher. I hope you'll bring him back to the show again soon!

  • 1 Oct, 2010

    According to the TV show, the squares for the flowers start at 6 inches, not 3.

  • 24 Sep, 2010

    Does anyone know-- is the singeing the edges going to leave a brown mark? Is there another way to keep the edges from fraying. I would think Fray check would be better. What do you think?

  • 22 Sep, 2010

    Just loved the session with Kenneth and into making flowers. A suggestion is to cut a round disc of faux leather/suede and glue it over the crinoline and use a "badge type" magnet as the fastener. NO PINS and a classy gift.

  • 22 Sep, 2010

    Never mind! It pays to read through all the directions...."Singe raw edges of flower, if desired".

  • 22 Sep, 2010

    I missed this segment today. Did Kenneth tell us what he does to create the finish at the edges of the flowers?

  • 22 Sep, 2010

    I would like to know if you trim the crinoline material on each petal,so that it does not show? also can you use a fusable facing on material other than the silk,such as a maure cotton? i would like to make these for xmas gifts. thanks