Learn how to make a sweet flower fairy wand using handmade fabric flowers, ribbon and a dowel. These whimsical wands are perfect for fairy-themed parties and costumes and are a great craft for fabric scraps and pre-cut quilting fabrics.
Hello Crafty Friends! I’m back today with a second sweet fairy craft – this time I’m sharing a tutorial for making cute flower fairy wands! I recently made a fairy crown for my daughter and we decided she needs a matching fairy wand!
The fairy wands are made in a similar fashion to my fair crown by using hand-sewn fabric flowers. These fabric flowers are simple to make and they can be made from pre-cut fabrics like a quilt stacker or charm pack, or from scraps of fabric you may have in your stash!
Each fairy wands is made with four fabric flowers, buttons, ribbons and a painted wooden dowel. I love how whimsical they turned out! They would be perfect for a fairy costume or fairy-themed party.
Below you can see the matching fairy flower crown. The wand makes a cute gift, especially when paired with the crown and a set of fairy wings of course!
How to Make Flower Fairy Wands
- Fabric – I used fabric from a 10″ Quilt Layer Cake of Benartex Dragonfly Dance by Kanvas Studio. (This JellyRoll has fabric from the same collection but in a different colorway.
- This project is also Charm Pack and fabric scrap friendly!
- 5/8″ Ribbon
- Needle and thread
- Hot Glue
- Ruler and Pencil
- Wooden Dowel – 3/16″ x 12″
- Acrylic Paint
Please Note: Buttons may be a safety hazard to young children. Please use your own judgement on what is safe for your child. If buttons are a concern, skip them or be sure to sew them on with strong thread rather than using hot glue.
Cutting the Fabric
Step One: Cut the fabric for the flowers. Each wand is made using four flowers, two small and two big. This way the wand looks cute from both the front and the back.
- Small Flowers: 1.25″ x 10″ (cut 2)
- Large flowers: 1.75″ x 10″ (cut 2)
If using a charm pack, cut 2 strips of fabric that are 5″ long for each flower.
Step Two: Fold the strips of fabric in half and scallop the edges. I was able to fit 5-6 scallops on my folded fabric. It’s okay if the scallops aren’t all perfectly even, just try to keep them around the same size. If it helps you can lightly draw the scalloped edge with pencil but don’t worry too much. Flowers in nature aren’t perfect!
Sewing the Fabric Flowers
Step Three: Use a needle and thread to gather the straight edge of the fabric to form the flower. Secure your thread on one end of the fabric with a knot, then run the needle along the bottom edge using a simple running stitch. Pull the fabric as you go, letting it gather and start to form a flower.
Secure the other end of the thread at the center of the flower then use your hands to flatten the flower out. Repeat until you have two large fabric flowers and two small fabric flowers for each wand you are making.
If using a charm pack, when you come to the end of the first piece of fabric, continue your stitching to the second piece of fabric. No need to knot it or sew the strips together before gathering them.
Assemble the Fairy Wands
Each wand is made from 1 painted dowel, 2 large fabric flowers, 2 small fabric flowers and 3-6 strands of ribbon in varying width and colors. Paint the dowels using acrylic paint. After painting my dowels, I stuck them into a block of packing styrofoam to let them dry.
Step Four: Attach ribbons to the top of the dowel. Use hot glue to attach your ribbons. I used ribbons I had on hand and tried to pick colors that coordinated with the dragonfly fabric I was using. I cut my ribbons 9-10″ long. Cut them any length you’d like, they are there to add movement and whimsy when the wand is waved around.
Step Five: Layer the fabric flowers together then attach them to the dowel. Hand sew or use hot glue to stack the smaller flowers on top of the larger ones. Add a cute button to the center of the small flower.
Start by attaching one set of flowers to the front of the dowel using hot glue, then attach the second set of flowers to the first. The dowel will be sandwiched between the flowers.
The fairy wands are finished! They turned out SO sweet! They are so fun to play with and are great for imaginative play, dress up and more!