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Friday, July 16, 2010

{rolled fabric flower tutorial}

After posting my ruffled headbands a few days ago, I received several requests for a fabric flower tutorial. So, I was happy to take the opportunity to make a couple for one of my girls' dresses--they were in need of a little something, and I thought this would be perfect.

This particular technique is simple, and using only your fabric and a hot glue gun, takes less than 5 minutes to finish. There are many types of fabric flowers out there, but this one is more of a rosette style that you can make as big or as small as you'd like--just keep rolling! I especially like that each one turns out so only adds to their charm.

Rolled Fabric Flower

  • fabric of choice, cut into a strip about 1 1/2 inches wide, and as long as you want it
  • hot glue
  • felt

1. Lay out your piece of fabric, then roll it up so it looks like a tube.

2. I put my foot on one end of the tube to hold it still, then I pick up the other end, and start winding it around itself, using my fingers to hold it from falling apart.

3. Every so often, apply a little hot glue before laying down the piece you're winding.

4. When you get to the end, glue your final piece of fabric, but leave a little "tail".

5. Fold this tail to the bottom of the flower, and glue in place.

6. Adding a circle of felt to the bottom of the flower will not only give it a more finished look, but will make it much easier to apply it to wherever you are placing it...on a piece of clothing, headband, hair clip, craft project, etc.

And you're finished! You've got a darling fabric flower!

I loved this red and cream ticking against the denim dresses.

Happy flower-ing, and have a great weekend!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love how sweet that flower is...totally changes the dress.

July 16, 2010 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

That's so cute ... thanks for sharing!

July 16, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing!!

July 16, 2010 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Very cute flower! You have so many great ideas. Love how your picnic table turned out!

July 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Darling flower. Love the dress - where did you find it?

July 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

You've just made my day. I've been wanting to learn how to make these for months now. Wonderful tutorial. I'm gonna give it a try.

July 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Sprinkleofglitter said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I have been wanting to know how to do those for an absolute age!! xxx

July 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I'm going to have to try this when I get home.

July 17, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

lookin good! i'm gonna have to give this a try too!!!

July 17, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Awesome! Love it!!

July 17, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Kyla--The dresses came from the Gap Outlet. I loved them so much, I bought them big, so they could wear them for longer!

July 18, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Love it! I'll be near a Gap outlet in a couple weeks - I'll certainly be looking for it! There's something so darling about denim! Oh dear...just had a flashback to pictures you and I had taken together probably 17 - 18 years ago (yikes) decked out in denim head to toe! Poofy hair and all! Ha!

July 19, 2010 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Thoughts from my Page said...

Love the touch pink in the flower, it looks so pretty on the grey dress.

September 8, 2010 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Samantha D said...

Love the tutorial! I've been dying to try making rolled flowers, its nice to know it's easier than it looks :) I buy my pre cut fabric from SweetSweetCircles on Etsy to save me time and money; I totally recommend them!

November 12, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Catherine Grace Life Photography said...

You are so awesome! Thank you for posting this! :)

December 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

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