I decided to let you guys have the chance to win what I make this week! At the end of the tutorial you can comment to enter.
Today I'm going to teach you how to make fabric flowers that can be used 100's of ways. It only takes about 10 minutes to make one (less if you have no children distracting you) and they are a fantastic way to use up all of those scraps you just can't throw out.
These are the materials I started with - a vintage pillowcase, a sleeve from a jersey knit shirt, and a pant leg from a pair of satiny polyester pants. Later, I decided to add a flower made from yarn because it's too difficult to roll and twist and glue a flower while taking pictures. Yarn just lays there.
|Any scrap material will work!|
These directions are for smallish flowers - adjust according to the size you would like.
Cut a 2 to 3 inch circle for the base of your flower out of a heavy duty muslin or other scrap material. It doesn't have to perfect, just a quick snip of the scissors.
Next, Cut a strip of fabric to make your flower approx 2 1/2" wide and 8 inches long.
Put a stripe of glue on an 8 " edge on the wrong side of the fabric.
Roll the fabric starting with the 8" edge that does not have glue until it is completely rolled. Press the tube so the glue adheres from the top to bottom of the tube.
|Play with all sorts of materials|
With a yarn flower, the yarn should be approx 12-14" in length, it wraps tighter and is narrower.
Cover your muslin circle with glue. Press one end of the tube of fabric or yarn to the center of the circle. Twist the tube and you lay it in a circular motion starting in the center.
|With fabric be sure to twist the tube AND lay it in a circular motion|
It takes a minute for even the tackiest glue to dry, so I pinned the tube of fabric to itself with a straight pin and let it dry overnight to make sure it was sturdy.
|Not a sewer? A safety pin or clothespin would work too|
For the center of the flower your choices are limitless. You can use buttons, beads, a circle of another fabric, or even vintage earrings as I did.
I filled the center with glue and pressed the earring rather firmly.
Lastly, I trimmed any muslin that could be seen from above.
|Four unique flowers|
I love the way these turned out - and you can see with the different materials how you could play around and make them uniquely yours.
Thanks so much for reading that tutorial even though you really only came for the giveaway! It's finally time for the fun stuff! Not only will one lucky winner get the 4 flowers I made for this tutorial, but the flowers will be inside the Ribbon Spool I made last week! 5 prizes and 6 chances to win! Please read the rules carefully and get to entering!
|Yes! This could all be yours!|
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Good luck! The winner will be announced March 30th - Just in time for an Easter treat!