Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fabric Flowers

We’re moving in 28 days.  That means I had to put all crafty and decorating projects on hold. 
But, you know what?  I finished packing the china in my china cabinet as you can see from the following pictures:

Empty, except for the dust.

I guess that means I can do something fun!

In the course of cleaning out my closet and finding a pile of clothes I can get rid of, I found these t-shirts that I don’t ever wear but are still pretty. 

That’s when the idea of making fabric flowers came to me.  I love how so many blogs show these flowers used for everything from decorating purses to baby clothes.  I really, really want some to dress us my wardrobe. 

I googled fabric flowers and one of the first blogs to show up was Little Birdie Secrets.  They have several different fabric flowers but my favorite was the one on top.  They suggest starting with a 20” x 4” piece of fabric.  I decided to start with an old piece of knit t-shirt fabric to see how it works since all the shirts I’m using are knit.

 This is what my first one looks like.

I also made one from a piece that was 20”x2 ½”.
Here they are together.
These are the steps I used to make them.

Cut a piece the length and width you want to use.  This is the one that is approximately 20”x4”.

Fold it in half lengthwise.  I turned the edges in a little before sewing because I don’t want the raw edges to show.  That’s up to you.

I sewed it using the largest stitch on my sewing machine.  I didn’t even bother to change the thread because it won’t show when it’s done.  I didn’t back stitch; just left the thread long for gathering.

After sewing, I gathered along the length of the piece.

Then I rolled it up.  Here is the front . . .

. . . and the back.

I’ll just sew the roll together by hand so it doesn’t show from the front, add a pin and I’m done!

I'd love to see what your's look like.  Leave me a comment with a link to your blog.


1 comment:

  1. I wish i had time to make these, they are very cute. I also just moved and we are still one year old is getting into everything! Love it if you linked up tp my photo tuesday!