Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fabric Flower Tutorial......



Ok, let's make some flowers!!!! These sweet little blossoms are so versatile. A lovely lady in East Tennessee gave me a flower similar to this many years ago. It was from studying that flower and making a couple of changes that I learned to make these.










You can make them with any fabric that you have and then add any type of button to completely customize it to coordinate with an outfit, a bag, or whatever!!!







You can even attach the button to a covered rubber band to make it a pony tail holder. Oh, this is going to be fun.....let's get started!





Cut five (5) squares of fabric approximately 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".





Thread a needle with a long piece of thread and knot both ends together.







Start with one square of fabric.







Fold one corner over to meet the opposite corner....making a triangle.




Take your threaded needle and start in the bottom corner.





Work a large running stitch from that bottom corner up to the next corner, turning the corner and working towards the other corner.






The long edge with the fold will be the only edge not stitched. Another way to look at it is that the raw edges will all be stitched together with the running stitch. If you lay it flat...it should look like the above photo. DO NOT Cut the thread. Instead, gather the fabric down closer to the knot by holding the fabric in one hand and the thread with needle in the other. Gently slide the fabric down towards the knot....you have now made one petal. Four more to go!!


Take your next square and fold it the same way and work a running stitch around both edges.






Gently slide the fabric towards the first petal. Now you have two petals.









Take your third square of fabric, fold it and work a running stitch. Three petals made so far!






Take your fourth square, fold it and work the running stitch. I am sure you are getting the hang of this now. And it's becoming fun. This is where the addictive part comes in. Now as you see the flower forming before your eyes...your mind starts working overtime thinking of all the places you could put one of these sweet flowers. But we're not quite done yet....keep up the momentum!






However, you could stop with four petals. It would be a sweet flower. But I generally prefer five petals.







Take your fifth and final square, fold it and work a running stitch.








Take a minute and gaze at this sweet bloom you just made!!!! Then turn it over and take a few tiny stitches to attach the last petal to the first petal near the center area. Tie and knot the thread.









Turn the flower back over and decide what you want to put in the center. This can be fun because different centers can make the flower look completely different.






For this one I put a mother of pearl button in the center. It has a shank on it so I used the same thread (still attached to the flower....I did not cut it) and sewed the button on.







This green little flower also has a mother of pearl button in it.







I made this flower to go with Elisabeth's smocked sundress that I made her a few weeks back. I put a covered button in the center.







But before I put the button in I attached a covered rubber band to the shank and then threaded it through the center of the fabric flower.









Instant pony tail holder!!!! And the centers can be interchangeable with different covered buttons. I'd love to see what you all come up with as far as these flowers go. The options are really endless. I'll post pictures of your creations if you send them to me!! If you have any questions feel free to ask!!! Let the flower stitching begin!!!

40 comments:

Tamara said...

This is great! Thank you so much!

Missy said...

What a really great project. It has so many possibilities and uses. Way to go!

Cindy said...

Tamara....thanks. I had fun with it.

Missy....thanks. Yes, I too think the possibilities are endless.

Linda said...

Cute flowers and great tutorial! I wrote a post about your tutorial on my blog, and have linked to the tutorial. http://losthollowcreations.blogspot.com/ Linda

Cindy said...

Linda...thanks for the kind words. I admired the flower you made on your blog...it looks great. I'm glad you found the tutorial easy to work through.

HopewellMomSchool said...

Cool! Reminds me of (fabric) yoyos!

bikimiki said...

Hello Linda, thanks for the great tutorial! I'm going to try it =)

Ana

Ruth said...

Cindy, These little flowers are so much fun to make! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I made 2 for Emily's Easter dress---well, one for her dress and one for her hair. The flower was the perfect touch for an otherwise simple dress.

Tammy said...

Great tutorial! I just made a flower and I think these are addictive. :-)

Cindy said...

Ruth and Tammy....thanks so much for your kind words!!! I find these flowers mildly addictive too. Kind of like yo-yos. Thanks again!!!

Farahana said...

Great flowers, now, I can make it and put it on my daughter dress. Thank you for the tutorial

Cindy said...

Farahana...thanks for the nice comments. I do hope you enjoy making the flowers. They are a lot of fun!!!

Jess said...

I found it!! Thank you so much, Cindy!

I had been searching this kind of tutorial so many days already!!

From Jess
http://kidsislands.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

Thanks so much this pattern is awsome. It's easy enough for my daughters and I to do. I just have a problem with fraying sticking out around the button. Any suggestions?

Cindy said...

Jess...thanks so much.

Cindy said...

Kim...thanks for the kind words. As for fraying....make sure when you are taking the stitches around the two sides of the triangle, that you are taking long stitches. The fewer (longer)stitches you take...the smaller the inner circle will be. Then if you still have a problem..use a larger button for the center. You could also add a few drops of Fray
Check to the inner edges. Hope that helps some!!!

Valerie said...

These are so fantastic! We just had to make our own.

http://thecraftyclassroom.com/blog/2009/05/06/sewing-spring-flowers/

I blogged about your tutorial, and put photos of the hairbows we made. You're more then welcome to share the photos.

We did quite a large button, I think next time we'll try a bit smaller.

I'm so happy with the way they turned out, and the fact that my daughter can learn with them!

Thanks for sharing this with us, all the step by step photos really helped!

Blessings,

Valerie

Cindy said...

Valerie....thanks for the kind words. I am glad you and your daughter enjoyed making the flowers!!!

Clemencia said...

thank you soooo much for this tutorial you make it look so easy, that I'll give it a try :)

Jana said...

Thank you lots! I used this on a hat and linked back to you. :)

http://ronandjana.blogspot.com/2009/05/i-swear-by-my-pretty-floral-bonnet.html

Cindy said...

Clemencia....thanks so much. I hope you have fun with it and it really is easy and fun to make.

Jana....thanks for the kind words. Your bonnet is adorable. Thanks for sharing it!!

NoSlippy said...

Sooooo cute!! I'll definitely have to try this and create some flower headbands. Thanks for sharing this. :)

Riri.Fotiadis said...

thanks so much for this tutorial.finally i can sew flowers now ... I am sewing handbags(if you like visit my blog -www.ririfotiadi.blogspot.com... see my work and give me your comments. thanks again

Carine Calé said...

Dear Cindy,
Your tutorial is gorgeous!!!
Thank you very much!!!
Kind Regards...
Carine

Sarah said...

What a great tutorial. Thank you so much!

Cari Wilson said...

Great idea!!! Wish I had time to sew some for our craft bazzar. Do I have to get permission to sell them?

Jean said...

Hi Cindy,
I found your blog from Southern Stitches' blog. I too am a Christian. I home schooled my children and I am now a grandma. I got 2 precious granddaughters the past year. So I am again sewing and loving it. I had to check your tutorial on flowers. I want to put one on a hat for each of them. You are a great teacher.
Thanks, Jeannie

Caryn said...
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Caryn said...

This is great!! Theoretically, you can create larger or smaller flowers, as long as the petals are all the same size, right? I would love to make some of these to go along with the dresses I've made for my daughter!

Tania said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! Your detail explanation along with the pictures made it so easy to make!!! You were right about the addiction...I made 3 already for my daughter! Thanks so much! : )

Tania said...

Thanks so much! Your detail explanation along with the pictures made so easy to make! They turn out so lovely, I want to do more to give to my nieces and small friends! thanks and god bless you! : )

Amazing Flower said...

love the motif and pattern. so adorable. Singapore Florist

Gail said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I just love them!

PATRICIA TITO said...

Olá, adorei suas flores de fuxico, muito facéis de fazer. Parabéns!!!
Fica na paz do Senhor Jesus.

Judy said...

Hi - thanks for the tute! I just made them with squares 1 inch by 1 inch and put the flower on a tiny barrette, it is too cute! thanks again!

PATRICIA TITO said...

Olá querida, a paz do Senhor Jesus.Tudo bem? Sua familia é linda. Obrigada pelo recadinho. Apareça sempre que quiser. Bjs... no coração.

Annalisa said...

Sei bravissima.....grazie

Kristen said...

My first attempt at a fabric flower. It's kind of busy because of the crazy violet fabric....I attached a felt sunflower in the center with hot glue and attached an alligator clip on the back. I definitely need some practice, but not too bad considering it was my first try!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=307416422627853&set=pu.233703089999187&type=1&theater

sheila said...

This is so pretty. I'm going to make some for my grand daughters. Love it. Thanks

Emine said...

THANK you so much for sharing your skills and knowledge. I am going to make these bows for headbands for cancer patients. You will get lots of GOD BLESS YOUs!

Thank you again for your generosity.

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