I used my fabric flowers to make a statement necklace
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These fabric flowers are so cool and so easy to make!
You can have so much fun makign many of them in different colors ad sizes. Try this project with children and see their amazed faces when the bud starts to form after the fabric strip has been rolled on itself. You might need to help them with the needle to secure the loops.
You will need:
- Fabric scraps: Linen or Cotton. 12 inches long x 1 inch wide
- Thread (same color as your fabric)
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Choose your fabric. Both cotton and linen work well. Use old men’s shirts or kids old clothes. Cut a strip of fabric which is around 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. Remember, the longer and wider your strip the fuller and larger your fabric rose.
Fold the strip of fabric lengthways down the middle and press with either an iron or your fingers. Make sure you press and NOT iron to avoid stretching the fabric.
Your strip of fabric should now be half an inch wide.
Hold one end of the fabric strip and roll it in (on itself) to approximately 1/8th of an inch. Secure with your threaded needle then fold it one more time and secure with a thread.
You have just started to form your flower bud.
Fold the fabric down to a 90 degree angle and hold firmly between your index finger and your thumb. Now carry on rolling the bud over the fold you just made. Secure with a small stitch with your threaded needle.
Do exactly the same as step 4 except this time, fold at a 90 degree angle in the OPPOSITE direction to the previous fold. Roll again over this fold you just made.
Keep folding and rolling in opposite directions. Secure with a thread as you go along.
When you get to the end of the strip of fabric, secure with blind stitch to finish off.
Your flower is now complete!
Don’t worry about the frays in the fabric, they add charm to the completed flower and gives it a vintage feel.
Make as many flowers, in as many colors and use them to decorate necklaces, jackets, hair accessories, bags, gift packaging…or anything that takes your fancy.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial…and don’t forget to send me pictures of your gorgeous fabric flower rose!
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Here’s a picture of me wearing my fabulous statement necklace with my lovely fabric flowers made of an old linen shirt (the white and red stripey one) and a man’s old cotton shirt (the red one).