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Monday, July 18, 2011

Fabric Flower Tutorial

These days, I've been pretty addicted to making flowers. Crocheting them, felting them. . .and now, using fabric!

You will need:
Hot Glue Gun
Felt Circle
Long Strip of Fabric

My fabrics were an old pair of my capris and an even older shirt belonging to my husband. You can use old t-shirts, pillow cases. . .whatever you have. I cut my fabric about 2 inches wide and about 24 inches long. The first thing you will do is fold one end into a point. Put a dab of hot glue in the middle of your felt circle.

Stick your pointed fabric on your hot glue dab.

While securing your fabric, start to twist it . . . we're heading around the right side of our point. If you happen to be left-handed, do whatever feels comfortable to you. Add some more glue to your felt just around the point.

As you twist your fabric, place it in the glue.

Continue adding glue and twisting your fabric.

When you get to the end, leave a small tail.

Flip over your felt and glue your tail to the back side. You should also trim any remaining felt that can be seen from the front of your flower.

Bingo! You've got yourself a flower!

You can use solids or patterned fabrics and they'll turn out great.

The thinner you trim your strip of fabric, the skinnier your rounds will be. Likewise, twisting your fabric tight will give you smaller and firmer rounds. You can make it look fuller and more messy by twisting your fabric loosely. Try any number of different ways to assemble these little guys in any size your heart desires!

If you try them, let me know how they turn out!
I think these would look awesome on a hair clip or pinned onto a shirt. 

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