Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Scraps Fabric Flower

I had a bunch of fabric scraps in a nice pile on my table begging me to do something with them. I decided since most of them were long pieces of fabric they would make great fabric flowers. I looked online for a tutorial and found this frayed flower tutorial. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind but it was my inspiration for my flower below.

I made these two flowers in about 30 minutes, this is a quick project. I decided to use my flowers on a ponytail holder but you can also use them on headbands or as a brooch.

First take your piece of fabric, mine was around 2 inches in height, and fold the bottom up about 1/4 inch. Iron your fabric to keep it in place.

I used my pinking shears on the top part of my scrap, the one that isn't folded in. Next fold the end in about 1/2 inch and sew in place. Repeat on the other end of your scrap.

Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Starting on one end of the strip accordion your fabric and thread your needle through the bottom, on the folded side. Pull your thread tightly as you do this.

Once you have reached the other end of your scrap join your two ends to form a flower. Remember to make sure that the flower is as tight or loose as you want. To tighten it simply pull the thread. To loosen it pull the fabric by the base. Once you have the flower how you like it hand sew the two ends together along the edge.

To attach it to a ponytail holder I cut out two felt circles. I really should have used a different color but yellow was all I had on hand. Hot glue one circle to your flower. Place your ponytail holder in the middle of your circle and glue the other circle on top.

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