Sunday, 28 February 2010

Fabric Flower Tutorial

Well I'm definitely back in the swing of things and in full crafting mode! Here is my first ever go at a little tutorial on my blog...handmade fabric flowers...

So how did I make them?

Now I'm not saying there aren't any tutorials out there in blogland or on YouTube making fabric flowers in the way that I have, but I honestly haven't seen any. I have seen fabric flowers made with strips of fabric, but this is my own little way of doing it...

The first stage is to mark a small circle within a larger circle on to some fabric...I just used some old lids in various sizes and experimented.

Cut out the larger circle and the inside of the smaller circle. Then put a running stitch around the outside of the inner circle. I would suggest if you do give these a go then make your stitches much smaller and neater than I have shown will get much better pleating.

Pull the stitching together and tie a knot...I wouldn't worry about getting the pleating too even at this stage as this can be done when you come to assemble the flower.

I cut and layered 3 circles of fabric in this way in decreasing sizes and put a couple of stitches through all the layers to hold in place. For this flower I used a taffeta which is quite thick and wasn't as easy to manipulate as the silky version in my first picture...however, when I ran my fingers around the outside edge it did distress very nicely!

And the giant bling? A pair of earrings I bought from Dorothy Perkins for the sole purpose of this project...they were marked up for £2, but when I took them to the counter they came up at a pound! They look better on the flowers than they would on me!

Finally, just so that you can see how I've used one of the flowers, I made this card...very simple stamping with a beautiful Anna Griffin flourish which I bought from QVC. I added a few Prima Say It In Crystals and a couple of sentiments, also by Anna Grifin. This photo does not do this card can see it much better by clicking on the photo.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial, and if you give these flowers a go please do let me know as I would love to see any you make!


Fiona said...

Absolutely beautiful Sarita, your flowers look so luxurious in taffeta and tulle. Thanks for the tutorial and glad to hear you are back in the swing of things.

Fiona x

Jenni said...

Great tutorial, thanks so much. Also LOVE the card!
Jenni x

Biscuitlid said...

ooooooooooooohhhhhhheeehh squealed with happy when i saw this Sarita. Just absolutley very lovely indeed. Fab to use the earings!

Vicki said...

Oh thank you for sharing this Sarita, your flowers are always beautiful and I just love your card:)

Vicki x

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

I am so glad to see that you are feeling better! An accroding to this tutorial you are really feeling good! This is soo cool! Thank you so much for sharing!

Your card is beautiful. I love how you have used the gemstoneswirls on top of the flourishes stamps. It gave a very cool effect.


Lynne said...

Oh you clever girl! I can`t wait to give this a go. Fabulous! So pleased you`re feeling better.
Lynne xxx

Mrs Wonka said...

These are stunning, what a fantastic tutorial! Thank you.
Zoe x

gina g said...

OMG these are amazing now what do i do as my MIL says you should never sew on a sunday, oh i would take some into hospital with me, that's it that's me sorted when i'm in there lol, thanks for sharing with us Sarita. I hope you are getting better. luv gina xx

Mandi said...


I was following ok til you got the sewing needle out :(

FAB tutorial
Thanks for your kind commetns hun xx

Carol Quance said...

You do make the most gorgeous classy cards Sarita. It's well worth enlarging the view for a closer look too. So neat!

Debbie said...

Hi Sarita

Beautiful flowers. I have made similar flowers in the past, but might have another go now your tut has whet my apetite again.

Hugs Debbie xx

P.S. I always enjoy visiting your blog. Your creations are stunning.

neli said...

its really wonderfull!!!

Jules said...

Stunning Sarita - thank you for sharing and showing us how!!

Pleased to hear you are starting to feel much better now.

Love Jules xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

A very good tutorial and an absolutely fabulously beautiful card! Lovely, Sarita! Warmest wishes, Lesley


Good evening Sarita, wow you've been busy hunny that flower tutorial is just fabulous hunny, i love it. your cards are amazing as always, wish i had an ounce of your creative talent, thank you for your inspiration, hugs Linda x

judith@poppy cottage said...

These are lovely Sarita, really pretty. If you'd like another flower idea, have a look at my blog here I love handmade flowers, and yours are just great, the card is gorgeous too. So glad that you are feeling better, Judith x

Sandra said...

Wow Sarita,
these flowers are so gorgeous.
Maybe I will try this, but I'm not tallented AT ALL when it comes to anything like stitching or sewing...
Great Turorial.
Hugs, Sandra

Kellylouj said...

Fab tutorial thank u for sharing x

Julie said...

Oh Sarita, these are gorgeous as is your card - I love your style but just don't seem to quite make it when I give it a go!! Thanks for the tut too - definitely going to make some fabric flowers!! JUliexx

Dolly said...

I've not seen them made this way before, much neater that using a strip of fabric. Thanks so much for sharing your idea with us.
Beautifully elegant card. :)xx

Julie said...

Beautiful as ever, hmm will have to look out for cheap earings now!

joey said...

OH Sarita you really should be called the queen of class, this really is super stunning, I adore the card, thankyou for the tutorial I dont think mine would look half as good as yours lol. Joey.x

Steph said...

Wow, fab tutorial, Sarita. Thanks so much. The card has such great movement with all those layers on the flower and isn't it great when you can find crafty uses for everyday stuff?! Love it! x

Rufus said...

It's great that you must be feeling much better! Great tut on the flowers. The card is stunning, as always!

José said...

Thank you for sharing this Sarita, I put the tutorial by my favourites. The flowers are so beautiful and I certain will try this.
I'ts great to hear you are feeling so much better.
Hugs José

mckinkle said...

WOW these are stunning and I cant wait to have a go.

Thank you Sarita for sharing your fab tutorial!

Keryn x

Tracey said...

Great tutorial Sarita, thanks for that & the card is beautiful :)


Giovana said...

So pretty Sarita!! I will try this for sure.
Glad you are feeling better.

God bless

Gunilla/Nilla said...

I LOVE your blogg. So much inspiration and wonderful things to look at!

Take care/Gunilla

Thank you so much for answering my mail about the Sissix Die!
That is a Die that I just MUST HAVE:=D!

maddy hill said...

stunning bloomss love your cards !
will have to have a go at making them ! thanks for sharing !

Sharon@TheCraftieGal said...

Great tutorial! Just what I was looking for. I am cutting up my wedding dress to use on scrapbook pages and want to make some fabric flowers. THANKS!

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Now I have tried making these flowers

You can see it here


cbuswell said...

LOVING THESE!! I'm always on the look out for different fabric flowers, gonna HAVE to try this one!!
Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Paula Gale said...

beautiful - thanks for the tutorial... I recon that this would be a great way to use all out odd earrings we have lying about.

Paula x x x