Monday, February 21, 2011

Dainty Fabric Flower

My sister is into large fabric flowers lately to dress up the usual pony tail. I've been making them for her but last weekend, I was stuck with no new idea. I have tried all the tutorials on fabric flowers that I like. So I decided to 'wing' it and this is what I ended up with:

Not bad huh?
I used a combination of techniques I learned from making other fabric flowers. For this flower I used:
- 1 strip of lining fabric with beige damask print, 2.5 inches wide, and around 12 inches long
- 1 strip of the same fabric, 1.5 inches wide and 8 inches 10 inches long
- button for the flower center
- a felt circle in a coordinating color, 2 inches in diameter
- needle and thread
- glue gun

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Step 1. Take your 2.5 inches strip of fabric.
Step 2. Fold your fabric into 1.5 inch wide rectangles. You can get around 8 folds using the a 12 inch length of fabric
Step 3. Cut the folded fabric into a petal shape. I didn't use a pattern. You should get around 8 separate petals.
Step 4. Singe the edges of each petal. Make sure that the fabric curls toward the wrong side of the fabric.

Repeat Steps 1 - 4 using the 1.5 inch strip of fabric. After this, you should have a stack of big petal shapes and small petal shapes.

Step 5. Take one of the bigger petals and sew a gathering stitch at the bottom. Then take another petal and do this for all big petals until you have around 7 or 8 petals stitched (I used 7 for mine.. but after I finished, I think I would have preferred it with 8).
Step 6. Pull the thread to gather petals and then tie both ends of the thread together to form a flower.
Step 7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for the smaller petals. Glue the small flower on top of the bigger flower using hot glue and then attach the button to the center.
Step 8. Attach the felt circle to the back of the bigger flower using hot glue.

And you're done :) You can attach a pin or a clip at the back. Since my sister will be using this for her hair, I used a clip. No picture of her wearing it yet because I am just sending it to her today.

I hope you all had a great weekend! And now... it's the start of a brand new (and potentially tiring) week for me.

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Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

Thank you, I know & I'm on my way to fix it. Thank you though lol. :)

Janelle said...

Haha! Ok, I thought maybe you haven't noticed yet :)

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

Thanks for linking up, theses are VERY cute! :) Hope to see you next Monday.

Sanja said...

Prekrasno cvijeće! Hvala za tutorijal :)))
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