Monday, August 6, 2012

Fabric Flower

Do you need to add an extra something to a project like a blanket or a skirt? Well, a flower might just be that something. I used this flower on a skirt I made for my little sister last Christmas, and it just turned out so cute!

Would you like to make some flowers? 

First, draw a circle and cut it in half to be the pattern for the petals. Use this half circle to cut out the number of petals you want. I did five petals per flower.

Next, fold the half circle in half once more, right sides facing each other, and sew down the straight edge.

Turn this quarter circle inside out. Ironing at this point would probably make the next step easier, but I did not iron. 

The next step is to gather along the arc. Increase your stitch length to the longest it will go and sew along the arc. Leave enough thread length on either side and do not back-stitch. 

Gather along the arc by pulling the top or bottom thread and sliding your fabric along it. You can pull from both sides, just make sure that you are using the same thread at each end (whether it be top or bottom). 

With the arc gathered, tie a knot at both ends using the top and bottom threads to keep the gathering from coming out. Cut the thread. 

Repeat with the number of petals you want for your flower and lay the petals out.

With the petals laid out, choose a fabric for the center and cut out a circle just larger than the one made by the center of the petals. Place the petals on the circle with the gather edge lined up along the outside edge of the circle and sew along the edge. Turning the petals out will then give your finished fabric flower!


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