07 June 2011

Fabric Roses


Last spring, my bloggy friend Anj @ SnowyBliss posted these beautiful fabric roses.

via SnowyBliss


I've wanted to make some ever since. I finally got around to it recently. The one thing I wanted to change, though, was to finish the edges. I'm sharing the way I made my version, but I don't really consider this a tutorial as I heavily relied on Anj's tutorial.  Let's just call it my variation on her theme.  

I cut several strips of fabric in pairs, selvage to selvage 2-2.5" wide.  (A few were less than selvage to selvage...it just makes a smaller flower.)


I matched them right sides together, pressed well, and then traced a scalloped pattern with my water soluable pen.


I sewed along the scallop line, 1/4" in.


It looks like this:


Using my pinking shears, I trimmed around the scallop...


and also notched at the joint between scallops.


Turn the fabric right side out,


and press well again.


On one end, I tucked the unfinished edge in like this:  (about two scallops length)


Sew a gathering stitch along the rest of the unfinished edge.


Now you're ready to assemble.  I gathered some sticks from a broken branch.  They were the perfect color for a rose stem.  Using hot glue, insert a stick into part of your scallop  (opposite end of where you ironed under the edge).


Bunch the fabric around the stick to make a bud shape.


After pulling those gathering stitches tight, wind the fabric around the bud, gluing as you go.



When you get to the end, make sure the folded side covers up the gathers.


Finished rose:


For fun, I cut some wool felt leaves, and added them to just under the flower and a few on the stem.


And here are the roses in my new summer decor:





The best part about these flowers are they are so customizable!  I hope you make some, whether following Anj's tutorial, or my variation on her theme.



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Angie Mae said...

Beautiful! Good tutorial too, you make it look so easy!

Sharon said...

I love it! You are so clever!!

Just Jaime said...

Very cute! Love them in all the different fabrics!

Ashleigh said...

I bookmarked the same tutorial! Yours turned out great. I've been wanting to make these for so long and this has inspired me to push this project up to the top of the list. Maybe tomorrow..... I can't wait to make some for my daughter's room!

Maria said...

I'm pinning it! I have to find some time to make some of these.

Amy C said...

These are so fun! I love the bright colored fabric you used, and they look great on your mantel!

Michele Pacey said...

So sweet Chris! Both versions are really quite pretty and give a whole different effect. I like the use of real-life honest-to-goodness stems too. Nifty!

Jessa Smith said...

These are so cute!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

Chef in Training said...

these are so pretty! wow! I love them! I found your blog while blog hopping and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow my blog too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

Lovely!! (and I accidently posted the comment I meant for YOU on the other blog with the tutorial! OOPS!!!!!)
I love your flowers =)

craftedbymama said...

wow, these are beautiful, I just might have to try these.

Katie said...

I love that they look so much like real flowers. So pretty!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

WOW! Beautiful work. I'd love for you to share them at my link party. Love the colors too ;)

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Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Beautiful, Chris. I love the colors you used for the roses in the bottles. So pretty.

Shore Girl said...

Gorgeous roses and a great tutorial too!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Simply beautiful! I saw these on the other site a while back and highlighted them and my viewers loved them. I like yours so much I will highlight these today. Thanks for the beauty you share with the world!

Suburbsmama said...

They are lovely! thank you for the tutorial.
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KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I have never seen fabric flowers done this way. Both techniques turn out so lovely. I also love the selection of fabric, such a pretty bouquet.

Sew Much Ado said...

Those are so original and beautiful! I love them all bunched together!

celebrate CREATIVITY in all its forms said...

Great fabric choices. I made some of these ages ago. Nice reminder to make more with new fabrics.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Fabulous! How pretty in the vases and as a bouquet. I would love for you to share the flowers at my Open House party.
xo,
Sherry

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

What a great tutorial! Just what I was looking for! Glad I found you. Now a follower :) Have a great weekend!
jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

freckled laundry said...

Chris. These are FABULOUS! I love em'!

Tiffany said...

seriously stinking cute.

Stephanie said...

You are one talented lady! Those look so beautiful, I love the finished edge style.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

these are SO pretty! i love them!

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :)

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Hey! I featured these cuties on my blog tonight! Come grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/06/your-whims-wednesday-11-and-features.html

Katie said...

These fabric roses are awesome! You've inspired me to want to try these! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll come back today and link up another craft project!

Katie said...

These fabric roses are awesome! You've inspired me to want to try these! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll come back today and link up another craft project!

Katie said...

These fabric roses are awesome! You've inspired me to want to try these! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll come back today and link up another craft project!

Becca said...

Beautiful! I have been looking for a gift for a friends birthday this weekend and these are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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