Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fab-ric Flowers Tutorial

I recently was browsing around some favorite sites and followed a link to some fabric flowers. (Sorry, I can't find it now!)  I thought maybe I could try that.  I sort of changed a few things and came up with these.

Here is how I did it.
You will need the following items:

*Fabric scraps (I used cottons and cotton blends)
*Something to use as a circle pattern
*Something to make the pattern (I used some cardboard from a cereal box.)

First I made the circles (1 1/4 inches, 2 1/2, inches and 3 inches)  on the cardboard.  After cutting those out, I used them to trace onto the fabric.

I traced two of each size on three different fabrics.
I then cut these on a double thickness of the fabric.

Some of my circles were quite wrinkled, so I ironed them.  I found this step wasn't necessary for all the circles.

After I had all the circles cut and ironed, I stacked them in the order I wanted to put them together; two of the largest circles, two of the medium-sized circles, and two of the smallest circles.  Next I sewed through the center of all six circles, attaching them to one another.

I then added a button to the center and tied off the thread.  The next step was to cut towards the center on each sized layer.  I alternated were the cuts were so all of the cuts wouldn't be in the same place.

Then, while watching Bonnie and Clyde (again), I picked at all the cut edges to get an unraveled look. 

I really like how these turned out and plan on doing lots of things with them: headbands for The Bean, hair clips for the little girls of friends, lapel brooches.  I even have an idea to turn at least one of them into a bracelet.  I'll show you pics when I get to that.

If you try this, let me know or send pics.  I'd love to see what you come up with.


  1. i make similar flowers and I love them! Yours look great! Your edges may start to curl..... I take long strips of fabric...fold in & pull into a circle (to avoid fabric curling!)

    They look great! Enjoy!

  2. Aren't these pretty!!! They would be really pretty decorating a purse too...ideas...ideas...ideas... thanks!!!!

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  4. Hey Cindi. Those are so cute. I keep saying I'm going to make some but that's all I do (talk about it). Thanks for doing the tutorial. That's what I needed - clear and precise instructions, great job. You've been a busy girl.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day! Hugs.... Tracy :)


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