Sunday, 15 June 2014

How to make a simple fabric flower

Shabby chic flower

So here it is at last...the 'How to' post that I promised.

What you'll need

  • Strip of fabric. Approximately 20 inches (50cm) long and 1 inch (2½ cm) wide.
  • Felt circle approx 2 inches or 5cm diameter.
  • Pretty jewel for flower centre. The cheapest option is to use old or broken jewellery that can be found in charity shops or that you may have in the bottom of your jewellery box at home. For this flower however,  I used a pearl and diamante adornment from Trimcraft.
  •  Sharp pair of scissors
  • Glue gun or needle and thread

Fold fabric strip in half lengthways and use glue gun to stick together along outside edge. No glue gun? No problem...use a needle and thread instead.

Cut into the folded (not glued) edge at intervals as shown.

Use glue gun (or needle and thread) to attach fabric to felt circle. Starting at outside edge and spiralling in towards the centre. Snip off any surplus fabric as shown.

Add flower centre and glue (or sew) into place.

Use your fingernails to scruff up the edges of the fabric and produce the frayed shabby chic look you want.

And there you have easy peasy fabric flower.

Use them to decorate bags or headbands or make them into brooches.

What other clever uses can you come up with?.

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