Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fabric flower tutorial

I have been making some fun things with my new ruffler foot lately, my favorite besides ruffles, is fabric flowers. The ruffler makes it so easy to do! Below I will show you step by step how to make these flowers. They take no time at all! 
 This is the latest purse I made with some great new moda fabric.
 Ok here goes! This is my ruffler foot, you can get generic brand ones for about $30 at Hancock. If you do not have a ruffler foot, you can gather the fabric and still make these flowers.
 Cut a strip of fabric 1 1/2 inches wide. The wider it is the taller the flower will be. My strip is approx 24" long. You can adjust the length depending on how large or small you want your flowers.

Place the fabric in the ruffler. I set mine to ruffle every 6 stitches, you can adjust the ruffler for 1, 6, or 12 stitches. I also set my machine stitch width at 3.5 Ruffle the entire strip of fabric on the edge. Leave about 1/8". 

 This is what it should look like.
 Use a hot glue gun and turn in one end of the ruffle about 1/2 inch and glue in place.
 Now make a circle of hot glue on a separate piece of fabric. I place interfacing on the back of it for stability. You need to work fast here so the glue does not dry.
 Place the end of the ruffle that you glued down in the middle of the glue circle. Wrap the fabric round the glue circle loosely until all of the fabric is glued down.
 This is what your flower will look like, you then need to press down the fabric into the glue to "shape" your flower.

 This is now what it should look like. The you simply cut it out around the base.

 You will have a fabric circle on the bottom. I usually glue my flowers in place, or you can attach a pin to make it removable.
 That's it. These take about 5 min to make and you can make so many in several different sizes. I have added buttons and jewels to the center for add fun!

Happy Sewing! 
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