Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fabric Flower Making!

I've seen some really cute fabric flowers online and in stores on everything from jewelry, to shoes, to clothes...and I thought "I could totally make those"! 
Inspiration:

 

So I've made a few today and created a little tutorial for everyone!



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 Here are the 4 basic styles I've done today: folded, rolled, cone, and accordion style. 
(These names I've obvious made up... if there are actual names I don't know them.

 I purchased a roll of quilting fabric slices from Walmart. 
Each roll comes with 24 pieces, each 2.5in x 42in. These are perfect for flower making. 
I also used:
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Your choice of rhinestones or buttons



Folded

Start by taking a strip of fabric and folding it in half, it will be about 1in tall.

 Then, fold the fabric in a layered fashion. 
The folds will be about 1/2 an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide.
Continue the overlay around into a circle shape.

 When you get around back to the beginning,
cut the end of the fabric and fold it under the last fold you made. 
This will hide the end.

When you are all done, you can cut a small circle of fabric and glue it underneath to hold it all together and make it nice and neat!

I created the center of this flower by using the rolled technique.
 Start by taking your fabric and tying a knot at the end.

Glue down the knot to the center of the flower.
From there twist the ribbon tightly all the way down.

Continue to twist and glue down all the way around.
When you have reached your desired width,
cut and glue the end underneath.


Use the rolled technique to created a cute 3-flower headband.


Cone
 Start by cutting 7 identical circles.
(6 for petals and 1 for the underneath.)

Then, taking one of the circles, fold it in half.

From there fold the right side in and then the left,
creating a triangle shape.
Add a dab of hot glue underneath the second fold.


 Repeat this for all 6 petals then glue them down to the 7th fabric circle.
(make sure to glue them fold side down)

Add buttons of rhinestones if you wish!

Accordion
 Start by folding the fabric in half.
This is similar to the "folded" flower, except these folds are directly on top of eachother.
Fold the fabric over itself into an "accordion".
Adding glue to the bottom inside of each fold.

When you have gotten all the way around, glue the end and the beginning together.
(sorry about the flash!)

 Then, glue a fabric circle to the bottom to hold it all together and keep it nice and neat!


Again, add rhinestones or buttons if you wish!



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