Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ruffle Fabric Flowers--How To

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Hello!

Well, we're back from the cruise (ok, for 7 days now) and I've FINALLY unpacked.  Seriously.  My room looked worse than the messiest 15-year-olds you could imagine.  My husband chooses his battle.  ;-)

My last post before we left was about these awesome bunchy fabric flowers and all the cute hairbands I made with them.  I've been crazy obsessed about making lots of versions of these and applying them to different projects.  They make me so happy, I thought I would share!

So hold on littles, let's create these awesome bunchy fabric flowers.

Supply time:

Fabric Strips--any color/pattern you see fit.  Here I used a 20" x 3" strip and it made a smallish-medium flower.  It's totally up to you on the dimensions you use, depends on the size you're looking for.
Needle & Thread--use a tougher thread so it won't break when you pull on it (you'll see what I'm talking about later)
Iron

Step 1:  Fold your fabric strip in half so you have 20" x 1.5" (in this example) strip.  Iron down the fold to hold in place.

folded fabric
iron down the fold

Step 2:  Ok, let's get sewing.  Now, this is super easy, I promise.  You're going to weave in and out of fabric with your needle and thread, bunching the fabric as you go, making a flower.  I'm going to show a bunch of photos to show you how to do this, no worries!
Weave your needle and tread through the fabric as shown.

This is what the weave stitch should look like.
Pull the thread and then push down on the fabric to form the bunch.

Keep weaving!
Here's what the flower should look like towards the end of the fabric.  (You may have to  trim excess fabric at the end)
 Step 3:  Finish up!  Now that your flower is made, you need to sew it together.  Check it out!
Sew down into the fabric, just to the side of the center

Keep adding stitches until the flower is secure.

That's it!  Now you have your flower and you can do a ton of fun things with them--check out a few ideas here.

This is what I ended up doing with my flower--a spring green yarn wreath.  Make one too!
I'm IN LOVE with this, btw.

I hope you enjoyed!  Now go make some bunchy fabric flowers!

Big Smile,
B Chen


3 comments:

Blaise said... Best Blogger Tips

Have I told you lately that I love your creations?

Brandi Chen said... Best Blogger Tips

Blaise, you're such a sweet friend!!! :)

Cailan said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, there is a needle and thread involved, but Surely I can still pull it off?!

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