Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Creative minds are rarely tidy" - Fabric Rosette Tutorial

I love the above quote, it describes my crafting chaos perfectly.

Fabric rosette's can be seen in many of my projects, I love them for decorating.  They can be used for so many things, hair clips, magnets, attached to pillows, headbands etc.  So here is how you make them:

I normally cut my fabric all into strips before hand but if you want to cut it as you go that is fine.  The strips need to be about 1 inch wide, and the length is dependent on how big you want your flower to be.  If you are cutting up a fat quarter of fabric you will get medium size flowers, but you can always add on another strip if you want to continue.   One fat quarter of fabric makes quite a few flowers as well :).

So you will need:

1.  1 inch strips of fabric
2.  hot glue gun

3.  Wire to make a stem, floral tape, wire cutters
4.  Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows :)

1.  Start by folding your strip in half and placing a small amount of glue at the end to hold it. 
(You can iron the strip in half if you would like too)

2.  Now with the strip folded in half begin to roll the fabric up, but while you are rolling it twist and flip the fabric over to create the petals, you can do this randomly throughout the flower 
- until you get really good at rolling them you may want to glue it together every now and again b/c if you drop it you will have to start over :) 

3.  Once you are about 1 - 1 1/2 inches from the end of the strip, you can either glue the strip folded in half to the rosette and glue on another strip or open up the remaining "tail" to prepare it to glue to the back of the flower

4.  If you want your rosette to have a stem, cut a piece of wire twice as long as you want your stem, place some glue on the back of the rosette place the middle of the wire across the back of the flower and then fold the 1 inch overhang over the back of the flower to finish it.

5.  Once the glue has dried, fold the two halves of the wire up and twist.  If you wish for a neater finish wrap the wire in floral tape.  

Watch JoAnn fabrics for their $1 fat quarter sale! These make beautiful rustic bouquets!  As seen in my bedspring bud vases!

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