November 12, 2013

{DIY} Rolled Fabric Flowers Tutorial

Last year I was a guest blogger at Mama's Sew Sweet Baby with my rolled fabric flowers tutorial.  I decided to move that post from my other blog to this one as it fit in better here.  I wanted to post this tutorial here in case you lovely readers wanted to make some as well!


Now, I know you've seen these flowers all around the blog-o-sphere.  They're super versatile and great to have on hand for craft projects.  There are many different ways to fold & roll the fabric so your options are virtually endless.  Today I wanted to show you how to make a basic rolled fabric flower.  This project is very easy to do and required very little time and only a few supplies.  


Here's what you'll need:

•Scissors
•Your Favorite Fabric (I generally use strips of a fat quarter fabric square)
•Super Glue


I know that a lot of people use a glue gun, and that works just as well, but I really like super glue because it bonds fast and it sticks, plus you don't have to mess around with glue sticks or have cords in your way.  Hand stitching is also an option if you're handy with a needle and thread. 

Step One:
Cut fabric into a strip.  For a 2" flower, the strip I used was 2 1/4" x 21".  After my initial cut, I usually tear the fabric as this is both easier plus I think the frayed edges make it look better.




Step Two:
Fold your strip in half, lengthwise.



Step Three:
Roll your end into a ball, as this will be the center of your flower.  Secure it with a dab of glue.

 


Step Four:
Twist and roll.  You'll want to start with the strip held straight and then twist away from the center.  Roll your twisted strip around the center and for each time you make a loop around and secure with glue.

 
 


Step Five:
When your strip is around 1 1/2" from the end, stop rolling.  You'll need this small bit of fabric to finish the back.  Glue the remaining fabric over the back, then trim the edges around the perimeter.

 



The back will look like this:

 


The front will look like this:



These flowers can be used in so many things!  For example, you can attach them to clips, barrettes, headbands, on a belt or pillow....Really, the options are endless!  I really hope I’ve given you the inspiration to make a few of these blossoms.  Hopefully my tutorial is easy enough to follow! With the holidays rapidly approaching, you could make some cute holiday flowers.  Below are a few ideas from Pinterest on how to put them to good use on everyday items.