Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Petal Flower tutorial

I had a nice request turn out for the flower I attached to the Hawaiian dress. So here is my quick tutorial. You can hand sew each petal on, which I did for the very first 2 petals...and then I became too impatient and reverted back to my trusty machine for a quicker job!

What you'll need:
  • scissors
  • scrap fabric (cotton works nicely for a "rustic chic" look)
  • coordinating thread/needle
  • scrap piece of felt fabric

First things first, cut a circle out of your fleece fabric. My circle came out to about 2 1/2 inches which I trimmed down at the very end. This is going to be the base of your flower.

Now, you'll cut the scrap fabric. I free form cut my petals but if you need to make a template cardboard is always good.  I like to make them in the shape of a fat heart with a flat bottom. Each petal was about 2 1/4" in length. I cut 17 petals for this flower.

Let's prepare the petals. You will want to fold/squeeze the bottom. It's what adds shape to the petals.  I tried taking pics of 2 different views.

Now it's time to attach the petals to the base.  You can hand sew each petal, but I wanted to finish up so I had to get on my machine to finish.

As you add each petal, make sure that it overlaps the petal before. Just repeat the scrunching of the fabric at the bottom of each petal, attach and repeat all the way around.

This is what your flower will look like when you've completed each petal.

I cut a circle from my scrap fabric to cover the stitching. You could also use a pic rhinestone to cover it or a button.

And finally, add a little bit of bling and your flower is ready to be attached to a pin, clip, headband or bag!

Have some flower power fun friends!! Add a little variation by making each petal out of satin with singed finish, or denim for a rustic look. Even lace for a shabby chic appeal.

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