Sakes Alive! It's Day Five!
(okay, these are getting corny, I admit, but I wanted to see if I could keep coming up with them- heh-heh)
Even if you think you can't sew, these fabric flowers are super-duper easy! You just have to try one!
If you don't have any fabric lying around you could use an old sheet, clothes that the kids have outgrown, little baby things that you love (imagine giving grandma a flower brooch made from pieces of fabric from all her grandkids favorite clothes!), dishcloths that have outlived their usefulness and anything else made from fabric.
Supplies Needed for your DIY Fabric Flower:
Needle & Thread
Circle Template (I used a juice glass)
Fabric Marking Pencil (a regular pencil would probably do the job)
Choosing the Fabric
First choose the fabric you'll use for the petals. I love how different patterns & colors looked mix-matched, but you could use all the same fabric.
Whatever fabric you decide to use, you'll want to wash and iron it first. (remember how I feel about ironing?)
Don't "drag" your iron across the fabric, but actually just press and lift, press and lift. Dragging will cause your fabric to stretch and be misshapen.
Next trace the circle template onto the wrong side of your fabric.
The larger the circle template you use, the larger your petals and flower will be.
Cutting the Fabric Circles
Cut out your circles.
Cut and Press the Fabric Flower Petals
Now fold your circle in half and then in half again, pressing after each fold.
You should end up with what looks like a big, wedge of pie.
Once you have all your petals folded and pressed, it's time to stitch!
Start at the bottom corner of the curved side and make long gather stitches across the curve to the opposite corner.
(Normally you would use matching thread, but in this case I used a contrasting thread so you could see a little better.)
Gather the Petals
Sew the Fabric Flower Petals Together
Continue stitching, gathering and connecting until all your petals are complete.
Sewing the Fabric Petals Together
Now that you're finished gathering all your petals you'll need to close the gap by stitching the last petal to the first.
Choosing a Button for the Fabric Flower
Next choose a button for the center of your flower.
(yes, sometimes I buy clothes at garage sales just for the buttons and tags!)
Hot glue your button to the center of you flower and your flower is complete!
You can attach a pin back for a lovely brooch, add it to a barrette for a little girl, use it on a card, a scrapbook page, a t-shirt, a tote bag, a journal cover or anything else you can think of!
For more ideas check out what some of my crafty readers have made with this tutorial on our "Readers Get Crafty" pinterest board!
And if you've made this flower (or any of my other projects) and you'd like to be included on our pinterest board just let me know in the comments!
So that wraps up the first week of 31 Crafty Flowers in 31 Days! I hope you are having as much fun as I am with this!
Have a fantastic weekend!
"Just as parents are kind to their children, the LORD is kind to all who worship Him, because He knows we are made of dust. We humans are like grass or wild flowers..."