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 here...you 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 justice...you 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!