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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hand-made Flowers for Special You

Do you want to make a pretty fabric flower bouquet for the one you loved? Do you want to decorate your home with your own hand? Here is a very specific tutorial of making fabric flowers.  


1. Craft needles
2. Fabric (100% cotton and tulle, cut into the shape of petals)       
3. Scissors    
4. Thread (She used a darker thread for the tutorial so you can easily see the stitches)
1: Sewing on the first petal.
Sew on second petal making sure to overlap neighboring petals.
Sew on third petal
By the fifth petal, the first row of petals should be approaching a full circle depending on how large of a flower is being made.

2: After the center row of petals is firmly attached, start adding petals to the outside. Place the newest petal on the backside of the flower where the previous row’s petals overlap. I find that the spiral-wise additions keep the flower round.

It’s ok to add extra petals wherever they look needed. Sometimes the flower will look lop-sided because certain petals are closer together than others.
To add dimension and fullness quickly, use two different fabrics in the same petal. Place them on top of each other and then fold the bottom, eyeball for placement, and sew into place.
Take one or two fabric circles and fold them in half and then in half again.
Then sew the final fold together making sure to incorporate each fabric. The stitches will end up on the underside, so it does not have to be beautiful.
3: Then with another circle, just place it inside the center of the flower, covering up the stitches. I kind of twist the center.

4: And then after many late nights of folding and sewing and gluing, end up with an entire army of beautiful fabric flowers. 

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