Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Handmade Fabric Flowers

I decided that I wanted to learn to make my own fabric flowers. I've seen people in the crafty blog world do them for a while and wanted to give it a try. David was camping all weekend so I was busy around town gathering supplies. I went to Hobby Lobby to find fabric. I also got some feathers thinking I might spruce them up (I have yet to use them though).
The fabric flowers will be for my steeplechase hat. I have a hot pink dress and I am accessorizing with the white hat and white shoes with aqua beads on them. I also went to charming charlies saturday and got some really pretty aqua jewelry (I'll show you later this week). I wanted to tie in the flowers to match all the colors I have going on.
Since we sold the gym last month, we decided to make it my sewing/craft room. Right now it consists of a table and all my equipment. Thanks to Davids Mom for letting me borrow her hot glue gun set. Don't ask me why David took ours with him camping. I also got a new hat instead of the one above. The ribbon was a bit out of control and I had no where to put the flowers so I got a more plain white one that suits me better. I used the computer to watch the step by step tutorial.
Let's get started. I was going to show you a step by step guide, but I will let the experts show you. Click here for the flower tutorial. She uses satin ribbon, but I used fabric. I made mine approximately 2 inches x 3 inches. You can adjust based on how big you would like your flower. You can also cut extra material from your petals once you start attaching it if its too long. Don't forget the felt that she mentions when picking up your supplies.
Here is the first one I made to tie in with my hot pink dress. This one has the double layer of petals like she shows in her example.
 The second one I made a bit shorter (prob. 2 inches x 2.5 inches) and single layered. I wanted it to complement the bigger flower but not compete with it. I got really good at the inner twisty part. I made it really tight and I like the way it looks.
Here they are together. I might make another aqua and green one. I still have to attach it to the pins I bought and put them on the hat. You'll see the final product after steeplechase this weekend! I final thought for all the people who think that you aren't crafty- You should really give this a try. You don't need a lot of materials and you will feel so crafty at the end. It did take me about 2 hours to really figure this out for the first flower. I starred at her pictures and tried to imitate what she did for a while. It finally paid off and I feel craftier than ever!
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leah said...

YOU ARE SO CRAFTY!! I just love these, too cute!

Rachel said...

those are really GOOD!!! There is no way I could make those and have them look that nice!

Jen S said...

OOoh can't wait to try those! They look great! I just bought patterns to sew bags and purses and those flowers could be so cute on them :)

Lacey said...

These are SO CUTE!!!! You are so crafty! I can't wait to see them on your hat!

Mock family said...

you are so crafty it sickens me :) good job

erica said...

Oh my word these are the cutest things ever. You are beyond crafty! Thanks so much for sharing! I am your newest follower.


Ginny said...

You made those without my help??? I don't think you need your mother anymore :( Great job!!

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