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This project was designed by Becky Skuse who loves sewing and all things crafty. She has been lucky enough to work in craft magazines for many years and she likes to make practical items for modern lifestyles, yet also enjoys making items with a little bit of whimsy. She blogs at makemedo.wordpress.com and has an Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/MakeMeDo


Five Fabric Flowers - Part Two

Five Fabric Flowers tutorial part 2


Great for stash-busting, these flowers are all quick and simple to make, by hand or machine, using scraps of spare fabric from your stash. You can sew these flowers onto a jacket, dress or jumper. Or you could sew a circle of felt over the seams at the back and attach a brooch fastening – the perfect little gift!

Here are the final two flowers to make - find the first three tutorials here.

 

 Flower 4: Layered Petals

Layered petals fabric flower


Materials

Organza fabric, at least eight pieces, each 10cm x 6cm

Cotton thread

Hand-sewing needle

Candle

 

Cut petal shapes from organza

 
Layer up four of your organza pieces and cut into a petal shape, rounding out the top third and cutting the bottom third into a point. Repeat with your remaining four organza pieces. Keep the off-cuts for later.


Seal chiffon edges with flame


Carefully light your candle and place it on a heat-resistant surface. Make sure you take all other necessary steps to avoid any hazards associated with a naked flame. Place the candle away from anything that might catch light or melt in its heat – that includes organza and other fabrics.

 

Sealing petals for a fabric flower

 
Having warned you to keep the organza away from the candle’s heat, you’re now going to use the candle to melt the organza slightly. Being very careful, expose the very edges of each petal to the heat from the candle. The edges only need to melt very slightly and this will cause the petals to curl up, but be careful not to overheat the organza. (This can be kind of fun!)


Layering petals


Layer up the petals one by one at the pointed ends and sew them together. Keep adding petals until you’re happy with the shape – you may not need all eight of your petals, or you might like to add more.


Additional layers for chiffon flower


If you’d like to, you can add another layer of petals, either in the same shade of organza or a different shade. To do this, you’ll need another eight pieces of organza measuring 10cm x 6cm to make another flower following the steps above. You can arrange your petals curving upwards or all curving downwards, depending on the look you prefer. Or you can mix up the look between petal layers – we placed the petals of the first blue layer so they curve upwards, while the petals of this second lavender layer curve downwards.

 

Layered chiffon flower

 
Place the first flower shape on top of the second flower shape (or vice versa) and sew in place at the centre. You can add more petal layers, if desired, but you’ll need to use smaller pieces of organza each time and add each new layer on top. Once you’re happy with the flower, you can finish it off with a small circle at the centre. To do this, take one of the off-cut pieces from cutting out the petals and heat it over the candle until it shrivels up into a vague circle shape. Sew it into place at the centre of the flower to finish. This flower looks great attached to a hair grip and used as an oversized hair accessory.

 

Flower 5: Gathered Tube

Gathered tube flowers

 
Materials 

You can use any fabric (I used a jersey fabric, but you could use cotton, velvet, chiffon, organza: almost anything!)

You just need a long, narrow strip of fabric (I used a 8cm x 100cm strip to create a flower approx 10cm in diameter, but use any fabric strip you’ve got – for example, a 5cm x 50cm strip will create a flower approx 6cm in diameter)

Cotton thread

Hand-sewing needle

 

Cut a piece of fabric to about 8cm x 100cm. Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Sew together the long edge with a 1cm seam allowance, without backstitching at each end. You can do this by hand or by machine. If you work it by machine, set it to the longest stitch length – it will also help if you thread the machine with different colours of thread in the bobbin and in the top (I used black and white threads). Turn the tube so that it’s right sides out, using a safety pin if necessary.

 

Making a fabric tube

 
Locate the loose thread ends of the seam and knot them together at one end. At the other end, pull one of the threads to evenly gather up the tube. Pull up about 40cm of thread and place the length onto a sewing needle, ready to sew up the flower.
 

Tip: While you’re sewing your flower, if find you need more gathers, simply pull on one of the threads at the knotted end. The different colours of thread will make this easier – you can choose which colour is the gathering thread at both ends.

 

Gathering a fabric tube

 
Now start sewing up the flower. First sew along the short edge with a running stitch. Pull to gather up this short end.

 
 Sewing accessories


Secure this short end gather by sewing back along the short edge with another running stitch.

 

Gathering the tube for a flower


Pull to secure the short end gathers.

 

Make a tube fabric flower


Now fold this short edge inwards to meet the long edge and sew from the short corner to the long edge. Pull tight to secure.

 

Gathering a fabric tube


Turn over to the back and sew together the short gap that remains in the centre.


Sew a tube fabric flower


This will form the centre of the flower. Turn back to the right side and the centre is now complete.


Five easy flowers to make from material

 
Now you can sew up the rest of the flower. To do this, fold the tube around the centre, in a pleasing arrangement, ready to sew up.

 

Finishing off a fabric flower

 
Turn over to the back and sew the lower seam edge to the tube above it, at about halfway up the tube. Continue gathering the tube around and sewing it in place at the back, making sure that your stitches are not visible on the right side.

 

Sewing up the tube fabric flower

 
Continue all the way around. When you reach the other end, sew a running stitch along the other short end and gather up as before.


Completed fabric flower


Secure the gathers by sewing back along the short edge with another running stitch. Secure the end by stitching it to the back of the flower, making sure your stitches are not visible at the front.


Your flower is now finished! These flowers are fun and flexible – you could try sewing the flowers together into a scarf or cowl to brighten up your outfit in any season.

 

If you enjoy making accessories, please see our other projects here.
 

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