Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fabric Flower Tutorial

   Fabric flowers have been around for hundreds of years and of course they've come back with revenge on sights like Etsy and any home made project sight. At first I wasn't too keen on them but after trying my hand at making one a few days ago I decided I rather like the simplicity of them and thought I'd share with you guys how to make an easy fabric rosette.

 To start with you'll need fabric of your choice. Try it with different textures and you'll get many different results. Also a hot glue gun and fabric scissors.

   For the width cut an inch or inch and half of the fabric of your choice. The length can be as long or as short as you want. The longer it is the bigger the flower, the shorter....well you get it. Fold it in half and then fold in half again. You can iron it if you want to but I just kept refolding as I go along. 

   Start rolling the end up a few times to start the center of you flower. Use only a small amount of hot glue and glue the fabric in place.

   Cut an extra piece of fabric into a circle and glue the center onto the base.

   Now start folding and twisting the fabric around the center. When you like the look of the folds glue the fabric to the base and keep on twisting. The more you twist the more tight the flower looks and the more loose you leave the twists the softer it looks. Both have a unique style to them.

   Finally once you have the size you like cut away any of the visible base away and glue the extra bit of flower fabric under neither to give it a smooth look up top.

   Tada! Now you have a cute little fabric flower.

   There are millions of things you can do with these flowers but I just use this one to make a fridge magnet as I had an unused magnet laying around.

   A few days back I made my first flowers and made them into a clip I can wear in my hair or clip onto a shirt. I actually really like versatility of this clip, cute way to "jazz" up plain shirt.

Happy flower makings!


Kari Jeanne said...

LOVE the idea of making a fridge magnet out of it!!

JB / Sunshine With Everything said...

what a great tutorial. I'm looking forward to reading some more!!x

thegirlhassparke said...

these are so cute - and not too hard to make. i need a hot glue gun. making the magnets is a great idea- they look so cute.