Monday, July 12, 2010

More Flowers and a Tutorial

I had a commenter request that I do a tutorial on how I make flowers. This particular flower is made from a strip of cotton fabric 2"x22". I actually ripped the fabric instead of cutting with scissors because I wanted a frayed edge. Listed below are the steps I used.1. Cut or rip a piece of fabric 2"x22".

2. Pull threads from the edges to give it a frayed look.

3. Fold fabric in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together and press with an iron.

4. Take a needle and thread and make a running stitch along the folded edge.

5. I used black thread so you could see the stitches better in the photo's.

6. Beginning at the end with the needle begin pulling the thread so that the fabric begins to gather. Pull and arrange the fabric into a spiral, creating a flower.

7. Take needle and thread (which should still be attached on the back side) and make a few stitches in the center of the flower to hold the layers in place.

8. Pull and arrange the flower until you get it the way you want it to be.

9. I glued a bead in the center of the flower. You could also finish it off with a covered button or a simple small button.

I plan on using these flowers to embellish signs for my bazaar but you could glue a small circle of felt on the back to give it a finished look. Adding a pin bracket to the felt would give you a nice broach to wear on a sweater or blouse. Gluing several flowers onto a headband would also be another way to use the flowers.

Here are a few others I made too.

These were made using the rolled rose technique.

The blue one was made the same as the green flower.

I glued a small bead that looks like a fresh water pearl in the center of this one.

Head on over to Kara's blog or her Look What I Made Party.


Alicia said...

What a cute idea and they look fairly simple, maybe even I could do Thanks for the tutorial.

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Great tutorial Connie :)

Lori said...

So cute!! I think I can manage that. Thanks for showing me how. ((And on a side note...I am headed out of town for a while so I'll get back to you on that vinyl order for the pots on my porch...Thanks!))

tammy said...

So cute.

Christine said...

I like the frayed edges. They all look great!

Lori@ Paisley Passions said...

Thanks for the follow! Now following back!
PS- Great tutorial!

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Great job.. those are super cute. You are NO DOUBT going to have THE BEST display. I So wish I lived close!

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

Easy enough! Thanks, I love the idea to RIP the fabric for the frayed edges!

Kara said...

I love making these flowers. Yours turned out so cute!