Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY Fabric Flowers

I've been working a DIY wall decor project for my guest bathroom. I used a light pink vintage dress (it belonged to our grandma) for the entire project. Since she loved flowers, I decided to make a fabric flower for a finishing touch on the wall hanging. This is how I made my flower, you can make them smaller or larger, mine was 3 inches.

Directions: 
Card stock or cardboard for a flower template
9-12 small pieces of material (about 3 inches in diameter)
Hot glue or fabric glue
Felt, cardboard, or a heavier fabric for the base
         
  1. I made a 5 petal flower template from card stock. I doubled my fabric and cut out the flower using the template as my pattern. It's easier to cut them in layers rather than one at a time. I cut 11 flower shapes because my material was thin. If you use thicker material you would only need 9. 
  2. Cut a circle with a heavier fabric or felt to use as the base, I used chenille. 
  3. Take one flower shape and fold it in half, then in half again.
  4. Glue the bottom of the flower to the base.
  5. Repeat this process until you have 4 folded flowers on the base. Keep the folded edges together.
  6. The next layer is the same, but glue the 4 flowers opposite of the first layer. These will cover your first layer folds.
  7. For the middle of the flower, take the last flower and roll it in the shape of a cone, cut about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Place glue on the bottom and hold in the middle of the flower. 
  8. Place a small amount of glue on the petals closest to the middle and glue them to the middle piece. This will help the flower look more like it's blooming. You can glue any pieces together to get a fluffier flower.
  9. Glue flower to your project or glue it to a clip on the back if you'd like to use it as a hair accessory.

 Love and peace,
~Simply Tammi










2 comments:

  1. Tammi,
    I'm confused about step 6, I know it's me being dense, but could you explain it differently for me? Thanks, Linda

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    1. Sorry for my late response. It is a little confusing because every time I make them, I have to stop and think how they go! This might help, you basically do the opposite as in step 5 (as far as placement of the flower pieces). So where you have folds, the 2nd layer would be the open part of the petal. I hope this helps. I like using old sheets for my flowers because cotton material is easy to work with. Even if you place them differently, you should be able to hot glue them open and fluff them up. Let me know if you have questions, I can add a few more pictures too. Thanks for visiting Linda!

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