I have been really enjoying making these flowers from leftover fabric, old jeans, old t-shirts, or basically any leftover fabric. They are pretty easy, and they look really cute! I took a bunch and made a garland for my booth at Building Character. It got a lot of comments on First Friday.
I basically used this tutorial on beaded fabric flower necklace, but skipped the beaded necklace part, and just used the flower part!
The flowers I used in my garland were much larger than the ones in the tutorial or even the one I made here. To make larger flowers, just use longer and wider fabric. I found that t-shirt material worked very well.
A long, skinny piece of fabric
(for this small flower, I used a piece 20" long and about 1" wide)
Thread or embroidery floss
If you're using embroidery floss, you want to separate it. I used 2 strands and that was about right.
Step # 2
Fold the fabric in half long-wise.
Start to roll the end - roll it a few times.
Secure it with a few stitches. (In the tutorial I mentioned above, she doesn't clip the thread - I do cut the thread.)
Fold the fabric at a 90 degree angle.
Then continue to roll the fabric around. You are creating a "flower bud."
Secure with a couple of stitches.
Continue to fold the fabric in a 90 degree angle, roll the fabric and secure with a few stitches until you use the fabric or make the flower the size you would like.
Finish the flower by anchoring the end with some stitches.
This makes a small flower, a nice size for jewelry or on a barrette for your hair. To make a larger flower, just make your fabric larger. Experiment until you get the size you would like.
To make the flower garland I just took embroidery floss and strung each flower through and knotted each side of the flower to hold it in place.
Have fun making these flowers!