DIY Fabric Flower Tutorial
I’m always on a mission to not waste anything, being the frugalista that I am. (Don’t worry, it absolutely annoys City Spouse at times.) It is really awful how much waste the average American family wastes!! I don’t know specifics right off the top of my head, but it’s a LOT!
I started another denim project recently, (I’ll share when it’s finished) and I realized that I was running into a ton of wasted material. That just was not going to do for me, so I had to come up with another use for it- besides the scrap box.
WARNING!! THIS POST IS IMAGE HEAVY!
Here is my first piece of scrap: the bottom part of a leg from a pair of old jeans. I recommend a larger piece of the same fabric if you are looking for a uniform look to your petals. If you prefer a mish-mashed, more shabby chic look, then use whatever will work.
Below is my high-tech circle drawing tool!!
Trace 3 circles onto your fabric with your circle.. size doesn’t really matter, but I recommend starting about CD size as you are first getting used to the method.
And here’s your little cut-out, wrinkled circle…. looking a little lonely on this big cutting mat.
First, iron out your circle flat to remove all wrinkles. (This is especially important in a heavy fabric.) Then fold and iron the circle in half.
Cut the circle along the first crease, and then fold and iron the half-circle in half.
Next, you are going to stitch along the open flat edge of the pie piece (doesn’t it look like a quartered pie??). I just run them all through the sewing machine in a long chain, making sure to stop and back-stitch at the ends of each piece.
Please remember to use a denim needle on this. Even thinner denims are prone to breaking needles. I have broken TONS working on these couple of projects.
Once stitched, cut apart each piece, trimming the loose threads.
Now you will want to turn these little buggers right side out. Using your fingers, and a sharp-ish tool (I used a wooden skewer), push the denim to a point. Repeat on all 6 petal pieces.
Using a heavy needle (I think this is actually a quilting needle) make a running stitch along the curved open edge of the petal.
Pull the thread taut to gather into a petal, and then (using the same threaded needle) repeat the running stitch/gathering on the rest of your petals.
Stitch the last petal to the first petal to make a circle in the center. How many stitches is completely up to you. I just continue stitching in places it feels loose until I’m comfortable with how secure it is.
Now you can break out the glue gun and attach either a fabric covered button or just a pretty button you have in your stash to the center to finish the flower off. A line of hot glue around the edge of the center opening is plenty to make the button really secure.
And voila! A pretty darned cute fabric flower to add to any craft project your little heart desires.
Here is what I did with the ones I made!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that it was easy to follow along with.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
If you make any projects using my tutorial, I would love to see them!!