No sew ruffle

“No sew ruffle flower tutorial” (originally posted 9-22-2011)

I have the privilege of being a part of the best MOPS group ever
we always have great food, heart warming conversations and amazing speakers.
The icing on the cake is we have a first class craft coordinator.

A MOPS craft budget is not very big.
And none of us want to make something that looks like it was a preschool project.

We have made some great items that I still use year after year.
Necklaces, key fobs, and magnets.

One of my favorite crafts we did a few years ago was to decorate a tote bag.
We cut out fabric and used wonder under to attach it to the bag.
They were super cute.

This year we brought back the bag idea but did it a little different.
We made no sew fabric ruffle flowers and used fabric paint pens

I shared these bags on Facebook and a few people asked how they were made.
I made a tutorial for you today…

Supplies needed…


  • scissors
  • pen/pencil
  • glue gun / glue sticks
  • fabric
  • circle template (can free hand)
  • fabric
  • tote bag


1. trace (or free hand) a circle onto your bag
2. circle on bag
3. cut fabric into strips. I made mine about 1 1/4″


4. add a strip of glue about 3-4 inches along the line of your circle
5. start scrunching your fabric on the glue line, be careful as the glue is hot
6. add another 3-4 inch line of glue and continue scrunching the strip of fabric. When you get to the end of a strip just overlap the ends and keep scrunching.
7. when you get to the end of the outer circle you need to continue your circle about a 1/2 inch below. I drew a pen line so you could see where I continue my circle. Keep moving your circle 1/2 inch in until you reach the end.
8. You can either just finish your flower by closing up the center with the ruffles or add a button.
That’s it.

Easy Peasy.




It also makes the perfect gift.

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  1. I know it’s supposed to be no sew, but did you sew your strip ends together? I absolutely love the idea though! For MOPS do you all have your own glue guns or do you play nice and share? Just curious…I get to head a MOPS craft and I love this!!!

  2. This is super cute! and I love that it’s a no sew project!
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  3. This is adorable! I could actually do this since it’s no-sew!
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  4. What a fun project! And I love that it’s no-sew! Super cute!!
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  5. This is a great way to dress up a tote bag! I love that you included step-by-step photos too!

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  6. While I have every faith in myself that I would find a way to mess this up, this is super cute! I love bags like these!
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  7. I am in love with this! So pretty!
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  8. I LOVE this! And I love that it’s no-sew! Amazing work!!
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  9. Those are beautiful! You are so talented friend! Pinned.
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  10. These are such cute bags, I really love how simple they seem to be to make yet they’re still gorgeous 🙂
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  11. This is super cute! I love no sew projects to because my skills with the sewing machine are less than stellar. haha
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  12. Ok, I love this Chrissy and I think even iiii can do it! Sharing now on FB and pinned! xo
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  13. This is such a cute idea! I may have to do something like this for my daughters’ personal bags, so they can be different from each other (and maybe stop fighting over whose bag is whose, ha ha ha)!

  14. This is awesome and they turned out great!

  15. How fun and yours turned out beautiful! No sew all the way 🙂 I really need to step out of my comfort zone and make time for more group play dates! I’ve heard such great things about MOPS.
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  16. Oh so easy and l love no sew things! Thank you for the tutorial.
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  17. This is a great idea! I think these would make great gifts, too!
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  18. This is so precious! I love it! I was in a MOPs group in Austin for three yrs and loved it. I was the moppet coordinator while there and met many fantastic moms. Its such a great ministry. 🙂
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  19. OMG, I LOVE this!! And, it’s something that my teen can do too. Totally pinning.
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  20. Whaaaaaat?!?! That is genius! Pinning!!
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  21. No sew? Loving this! Super crafty, doll. 🙂

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