Jan 20, 2011

Simple Fabric Flower

My good friend Renee requested that I do a little tutorial on how to make the
fabric flowers that I made for my binder cover. No problem!
There are fabric flowers all over the place these days, and lots of great tutorials on different blogs. There are so many different styles and methods to making fabric flowers, all lovely.

I start mine with a long strip of scrap fabric.
I used a scrap of fabric that measured 23" long and 5" wide, but really any scrap will do, the measurements here are not vital to a beautiful flower.

Start by folding your scrap in half the long way, right sides together, and sew it shut,
making a long tube of fabric.
Then using a pen, a wooden dowel, or something long and skinny,
turn your tube of fabric inside out.
Iron it flat. I like to iron mine so the seam isn't right along one of the edges, but somewhere in the middle of the back side of the tube of fabric.
I find this makes it easier to ruffle the flower later.

Run a basting stitch along the entire length of your tube of fabric, being sure not
to back tack at either end, leaving long strands of thread on both ends to work with.

Starting on one end, pull the bottom basting thread, working the fabric along.
Your fabric will begin to ruffle. Do this along the entire stretch of fabric.
Be careful not to pull the basting thread out of the fabric.
Once your tube of fabric is completely ruffled it will look like this. See how it wants to spiral in on itself, already beginning to create the flower look?

Starting at one end of your fabric tube, fold the raw edge under and
begin to wind your flower into its circular shape.
Once you're pleased with the shape of your flower you can pin it in place. I usually use 4 or 5 pins, making sure everything stays put while I'm getting a needle and thread ready and for my first few stitches. Using a needle and thread, stitch across the backside of the flower, making sure you stitch through each layer of the flower, keep stitching until it's nice and secure.
Here's a look at the front of the flower. This one turned out quite big and fluffy, but if you want a flower with a lower profile, use a narrower strip of cloth. For my binder cover flowers I used a strip that was about 3.5" wide. To achieve the crushed look those flowers have, follow the same instructions I used here, just iron them flat once they're all done.
At this point you can use these flowers for almost anything. Stitch it to your binder cover, attach it to a brooch pin for a great addition to a cute little blazer, attach it to a hair clip to add a little flair to that pony tail, or you can do what I did, and attach it to a hair elastic.

Before trimming your excess thread, grab a hair elastic and stitch it directly to the flower.

How sweet is this? Addie loved wearing the flower in her hair, she kept stealing peeks in the mirror to check out her lovely new flower.

She was playing with a ball of play-doh here...
whatever it takes to get them to stand still, right?!?

Stay tuned for another fabric flower style soon.
While making this flower I played around with a couple of other ideas
and came up with some really fun different styles.

Thanks for coming by!

1 comment:

Renee said...

Thank you Jen! :)