Blooming Frayed Fabric Flower

These gorgeous and funky flowers are the perfect accessory for headbands, hair clips, hats, purses, backpacks, shirts, cardigans… there are limitless possibilities!  Follow this simple tutorial and start creating!

 

There are tutorials for these flowers on tons of blogs and websites; below the method I’ve found to be the easiest way to make them that yields the prettiest results:

Materials:

– Fabric (to create flower)

– Felt

– Thread

– Needle

– Scissors

– Ruler

– Pin back

-Hot glue (or any type of fabric glue)

Directions:

Measure 2 inches of width in fabric and tear to create a long strip, approximately 2″x45″. Tearing the fabric instead of cutting is what gives the edges a frayed look.


Fold in the raw edge of both ends of the strip and iron.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise, and iron.

Create the center of the flower by folding the strip back and forth (like an accordion) 3-4 times and secure the folds by running the needle &thread through the bottom (the folded side – not the raw, frayed side) of the folds. Be sure to pull the thread tight to make sure the folds will stay in place.

To form the rest of the flower, use the needle and thread to make a gathering stitch.


Pull your gathering stitch tight,  and start wrapping the strip around the center. I find it’s easier to work in small sections, doing 4-5 inches at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure your stitches are tight and each new “row” of the flower is secured. The back is not going to look pretty, but don’t worry – no one will see it when you’re finished 🙂

Cut a circle of felt that is about the same size as the bottom of your flower. Hand sew the pin back to the felt circle. To make sure the pin back is secured tightly to the felt, sew through each hole in the pin back 3-4 times.

Use hot glue (any fabric glue will work, I just prefer hot glue) to glue the felt circle and sewn on pin back to the bottom of the flower.

Cut a small piece of felt that will fit over the area of the pin back that you just stitched, and hot glue it on.

Hand-fluff the layers of the flower, and trim any loose or unwanted strings.

Your flower is complete!

Layered Fabric Flower

Make a fabric flower quickly and easily with just a few steps and basic materials in this tutorial – a template is available for download to make the creation process even simpler. Flowers can be used to dress up and adorn almost anything – headbands, hair clips, barrettes, cards, gift tags, gift bags, shoes, clothes…the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Experiment with different colors, fabrics, beads, and sizes to create a variety of looks for your flowers.

Materials:

  • Flower circles template {download template here}
  • Scissors
  • Fabric: satin, silk, or organza
  • Candle
  • Matches or lighter
  • Glass beads (any type, color, or size – seed beads are used in this example)
  • Beading needle
  • Thread

 

Directions:

Download and print out the Flower Circles Template. Cut out circles from template page, then use the paper circles as a guide to cut fabric into circles.

To singe the edges of the circles (which keeps the  fabric from fraying and also creates a pretty curled-up effect), light the candle and slowly rotate the edge of the circle while holding it near the flame.  Experiment with how close you hold the fabric to the flame and how quickly you rotate the circle to create different looks.

Start with the largest circle (template circle #1), and work from larger to smaller circles, stacking them as you go.

*Tip: for the smaller circles, you may want to use a clothespin or tweezers to hold the fabric over the flame.

After all layers are singed and stacked, sew beads into the middle of the circle (this is also what keeps the layers held together). Use as many or as few beads as you’d like, depending on the look you want your flower to have.

Your flower is complete!

Check out our tutorials that use this flower to embellish cards, headbands, barrettes, sandals, home decor, and gift tags!

 

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