I'm back with another fun fabric project that I shared at my last team meeting. Fabric flowers are a very trendy accessory right now. If you look in the clothing magazines and stores you'll see fun flowers everywhere. Pin them to your clothes, clip them to a bag, where them in your hair, even decorate with them at home! And I've seen some pretty big price tags on the flowers in the stores!! Making them on my own makes my budget MUCH happier...
I didn't even have to get out a needle and thread to create theme flowers. They're hot glued! Both of these flowers were made with from wool but you could use fabric to get that oh so popular chabby chic raggy look or you could use fleece or felt for another look. They're super fast and fun. Here are the instructions for both flowers...
(this is the one that's all circles it reminds me of a poppy and Lollipop flower sounds like a great name so that's what I'm calling it!!)
- Use the Circles #2 die to cut one of each size circle from the fabric of your choice.
- Cut a second circle of just the largest size circle on the die and set it aside for later.
- Stack the four circles together in a catty whompus type fashion. (For those of you who don't know that's Julie speak for off center and uneven) :)
- When you're happy with the how your flower looks use a Hot Glue to attach the layers of flowers to each other. Just use a small dot of glue in the center of each circle. You don't want people to easily see that it's glued together. That's our secret!!
- Use Hot Glue to attach a button to the center of the flower. The buttons in the Playground, Sherbet or Button Latte assortments make great flower centers.
- Next use the Table Setting Bigz XL die to cut two leaved from Green Fabric.
- Attach the leaves to the back of the flower using hot glue.
- Next cut two small slits in the center of the extra circle you cut and feed a pin through the slits. Close the pin and then hot glue the pin and the circle to the back of your flower. This gives it a nice finished look on the back.
- Use the Table Setting die to cut a spiral circle and two leaves from the fabrics of your choice.
- Starting in the center of your spiral cut circle, roll the fabric into a flower.
- Put a small amount of hot glue on the end of the spiral circle and press it to the side of the flower and wrap slightly around to the back of the flower. Be careful doing this, don't burn your fingers - you may find it helpful to use a pin or extra set of hands to help you hold the flower while your working with the hot glue.
- Once the hot glue sets up you can very gently press up from the back side to give your flower a little dimension. Don't press too hard though you can pop the flower apart completely and you'll have to start over!
- Use hot glue to attach the two petals to the back of your flower.
- Squeeze a generous amount of hot glue into the center back of the flower to fill the dented area in and help hold everything together.
- Let the glue set up - this might take a while that glue is hot and it's thick.
- Next add a small amount of hot glue to the back of the flower again and attach a pin or clip to the flower. (Note: If you wanted you could attach a small fabric circle to the back like we did in the first flower that you feed your pin or clip through. This will give you a more finished look on the back of this flower as well)
I'm working on putting together a hands on class for these flowers. Keep watching my blog, if I fit the class into my schedule I'll be posting about it here!ETA: Many of you have asked about there I find my wool. I get it at a local shop - you can check out some of their fabulous bright colors available online here: Wool Gatherings.