FABRIC FLOWER TUTORIAL by TAMAR "NEST PRETTY THINGS"
The flower in the photo is made from light weight cotton, I like to use light weight fabric because it can be "frumped up" and it's easy to work with, but you can use heavier weight fabrics for a stiffer look, linen for a natural look (if you throw it in the wash it will get frumpy too) mix in some pieces of tulle...the possibilties are endless!
you will need:
fabric, sharp scissors (I like the small ones), buttons, needle and thread
1. For a 4.5" round flower Cut six squares of fabric, two 6", two 4", two 2"
2. take one of the biggest squares and fold it in half
3. then fold in half again
4. and again
5. now you have a triangle with 3 folds
6. hold the closed bottom of the triangle with the CLOSED folds facing right
7. starting at about .5" from the bottom cut a nice big oval shape, cutting away the closed folds on the right going up and back down nicely on the left side , it should look like half a heart.
8. here is the cut triangle (you can see that it looks like half a heart and everything is cut away except the bottom where my finger is that un cut part holds it all together)
9. open up your cut flower, the petals on this one are a little skinny but it will look great you'll see.
10. now start cutting the other 6" square, here it is cut
11. when you open it it half way it really looks like a little heart...cute!
12. OK! this one is perfect! but I like playing around with cuts to make various petal widths like the previous pink one, try to experiment it's fun!
13. start laying the cut flower pieces one on top of the other, here is the pink over the green, you can see it works nicely.
14. now start cutting the rest of the pieces and laying them one over the other.
15. OK, we're done! now we want to start "frumping" the flower up, fold the flower in half
16. and in half again
17. put it in the palm of your hand
18. and SQUEEZE for a few seconds
19. when you open it up it will be very frumpy, you can do this a few times depending on how frumpy you want it to look...
20. Good! now you need to decide what you want to do make, you can add a button by sewing the button right through the fabric and fastening it in the back.
or you can sew on a fabric button using one of the fabrics you used
you can then glue it to a blank card, I like to use recycled card stock paper for a nice Eco look
you can make a brooch by cutting a few long strips of fabric and sewing them to the back under a pin
or maybe a headband? I sewed the flower straight onto a thin green headband I bought in the supermarket...
or you can use a big vintage button on your headband.
probably a smaller flower would be more suitable for moi...see all my gray hair???
I hope you will have fun with this!! and please make them for your personal use only:)
xox, have a great weekend!!