I’m feeling inspired from my time away at SNAP. There is so much I want to do on Sew Creative, I met so many fabulous people and my brain is packed to capacity with crafty ideas.
I’ll be sharing a SNAP recap soon, but in the meantime, today I thought I would share with you my Oh Sew Easy 10 Minute Fabric Flower Tutorial.
When I was getting ready to leave for SNAP I was picking out my outfits and decided that my pink sweater needed a bit of dressing up. I checked online for fabric flower sewing instructions. All of the flowers I liked had you sew the flower together when you were gathering it into the flower shape. Many of them said you needed “Nimble fingers”. Nimble fingers I do not have so I decided to try my hand at creating my own Fabric Flower tutorial using needle, thread and a glue gun. I hope that you find these flowers as easy to make as I do.
Oh Sew Easy 10 Minute Fabric Flower Tutorial
No Sewing Machine Required
- Strip of fabric. For small flowers you will want a strip that is 2 inches wide by 41 long (or whatever the width of your fabric is). For the large flowers you will want a strip that is 3 inches wide by 41 inches long.
- Needle and thread
- Glue Gun
- Coordinating colored felt cut in a 2 inch circle
- A brooch back
1. Take your strip of fabric, fold in half and press. Trim off side of the selvage that has writing on it. You will have a strip of fabric that is 1″ x 41″ if you are making a small flower or 1.5″ x 41″ if you are making a large flower.
2. Take approximately 20 inches of thread. Knot one end and thread your needle. Using a running stitch, sew along the base of the length of your fabric leaving approximately 1/2″ between stitches.
4. Plug in your glue gun and allow to heat.
5. Creating the “bud” of your flower: The first flower I made I didn’t love the center of the flower. I found that the method illustrated in the photo above made a lovely center. Pick one end of your fabric. Fold one corner down and glue, fold the raw edge in so it lines up with the edge of the corner that you just folded down. Glue.
6. Start wrapping your ruffles around the bud that you just created, gluing as you go. Adjust the ruffles, tightening or loosening depending on how you want your flower to look. Continue wrapping and gluing as you go, creating your flower. When you get to the end, take a look at your flower. I sometimes find that some of the “petals” look like they are too spread out. Put a drop of glue where you want petals to meet, and then pinch together until you have your perfect flower.
8. Put a dollop of glue in the center of your felt circle and cover the raw edges of your flower. Go around the outside of the felt, little by little, gluing the outside edge of the felt to the fabric until it is firmly attached.
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