Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fabric Flower Tutorial

Morning all! :) Most of you dont know this but I used to make fabric headbands before I really got into papercrafting. I still make them but only for my little girl or friends. I finally found the cutest little fabric store in town YAY! Did ya know it they been around for 20+ years! ACK! And here I thought all we had was Joanns! Oh what ive been missing. And they have the cutest lil name 'Strawberry Patches'... LOVE IT! WONDERFUL selection of fabric and other necessities ... they even have Cosmo Cricket, My Minds Eye and more great fabrics from paper companies. Im so excited! Can ya tell? Isnt it the cutest little store? Sorry for the not so great pic it was taken with my Iphone.

Anywhoo... so I thought it would be fun to share (and get my tutorial count up lol) on how I make my little fabric flowers. I know everyones seen these everywhere but theres not always a tutorial around. If there is, well, im adding my 2 cents... (hehehe). 

So lets get started, shall we...

My list of ingredients:
Fabric - any kind
Thread - whatever matches your fabric or clear
Needle, Scissors, Buttons, Spellbinders or Circle Templete

If you cant see the pictures that well, just click on them for a larger size.

Cut a 4" circle using your Spellbinders Large Circles as a template or freehand your circle.

When your done cutting it should look all pretty as a circle like this.

Get your needle and thread. I like to use the thread doubled up. Works best for this project.

Turn the fabric over, pattern facing down. Thread in and out on the edge of the circle all the way around holding your pleats while you weave in and out. Make sure you go in and out as big as you want your pleats to be.

Once you have gotten a good start it should look like this if you let go.

If you pull the thread it should bunch up like this.

Once you have made it all the way around the circle you should have two ends of thread. Gather the fabric together by pulling both ends tightly. Once it looks like the picture above, I like to take both ends of the thread and tie a knot twice to keep my flower in place. Heres where you can also play around with it so you get the pleats how you want them to look.

Now go to your button stash (mines PTI) and pick a button that you want to use for your flower. Here I have used PTI Dark Chocolate.

Thread your needle through the bottom of your button and over the top. I normally like to use a 4 hole button but this button matched perfectly so I used it. If your using this flower for papercrafts or any other projects that doesnt need the back to show, just thread your needle up and down through the back. I like to do it at least 3 times to get a good hold.

Passing through the back.

On your last pass through the back and up, dont go through the button. Come out the side of the fabric middle and we are going to make our knot to hold our button in place.

Bring your needle through under the button to hide the thread (if your using colored thread). Then take your needle and pass back through again leaving a loop. Put your needle through the loop and pull to make a knot.

Cut the remaining thread close under the button so it doesnt show.

And TADA... you have your cute little fabric flower button!!! YAY! :)

You can make them in any fabric color or patterns. I love the beautiful variety of fabrics out there! :)

I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial... I hope it will help someone out there. Im sure theres tons of tutorials on these but I had fun doing my own.

ps: Does anyone know how to stop blogger from doing double line breaks? im tired of it!! very frustrating lol

Thanks for peeking!! Blessings to you all!!! -xo


Irena said...

Lovely flowers, wonderful tutorial :) Have a good and happy day!

donna mikasa said...

Great tutorial, Jenny! Love these fabric flowers!

Georgia said...

Hi Jenny, You did a great job with the tutorial. The photography is wonderful. I used to make these flowers as a kid!! I pieced theme together to make doll quilts! Never realized it was the same flower as the one's on cards. I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

America said...

SO GLAD you aded your two cents!! LOL!!! I loved seeing how its done. BEAUTIFUL creations and a great tutorial! :) YOU ROCK!

Julie said...

Soo cute Jenny....I think I could even make these!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are ADORABLE!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the fabric U used!! U probably are hitting the little icon the looks like a torn piece of paper when U are doing your posting....(mine is like two icons down from the 'insert photo' icon) I don't know how to 'stop' it...but i hit it once during a blogpost and it did the breaks, but then the next time I posted it wasn't there.... maybe U are just hitting it in error when U post?? I don't know if this helps...but do i get an "E" for 'effort'?? :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

CraftyGirl said...

Wowzers these are cute!! I have seen them but have not taken the time to attempt them... maybe that can be my summer project!! Thanks for showing up step by step how to do them!!

Barb :)

Beatriz Farquhar Guzman said...

Thank you for sharing this!!!!!!!!! Love fabric flowers. Happy Tuesday!

CuttlebugCourt said...

Great tutorial! Thanks so much!

unicorn said...

Wow!It`s a wonderful tutorial.I love the flower.Thank you:))))))))

Emily said...

SQUEAL these are so cute. I think i just might make some today. You make it look SO EASY.

Try switching back to the old editor in blogger and see if that helps

Jennifer E. said...

Great job with the tutorial! TFS, I love those flowers!

Janis said...

Great tutorial. My sister made a bunch of these and sewed them together making a vest.

jo said...

What a great tutorial! I'm going to have to try it out for my DD! :)

Anne in said...

Love- love -love those little fabric flowers- thanks so much for the easy to follow tutorial- enjoy the new fabric store you just found too!

No Name said...

Jenny! This is such a great tutorial! Love that flower idea. I am definitely going to have to try that!
Thanks so much for sharing!


Arlene said...

Great tutorial! I haven't made flwoers like these forever! Loved it. Thank you so much.

Simone said...

Great tutorial Jenny! Thanks for sharing - i am definitely going to try this now :)

Barb said...

I don't care how many other tutorials are out there, Jenny because yours is fabulous!! Thanks so much! :)

Cheryl Valadez said...

Wonderful tutorial! I have a feeling I will be making a boatload of these in the near future...lol!

Thanks for swinging by my blog! I love seeing new visitors ;D


Jennifer said...

Wow! Looks like a great shop you found!! I do lots of headbands for my girls also! Love your cute flowers!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Sooooo cute!!! Fabric has not really been my friend over the years - but I'm super tempted to try these! :)

Silvia said...

Awesome tutorial Jenny!!!

Thanks for sharing..

Suzanne said...

Hi Jenny:
I finally had a minute to check out your blog and look what I found...My store! Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad you found us too. Oh. And BTW. I ordered those little heart pins you asked about. Shouldn't be long now! = )