Friday, August 19, 2011

Part 3: No-Sew Fabric Flowers!

I'm super excited about our last day of the fabric flowers tutorials.  If you didn't catch the first two days, you can find them here and here.  I loved making this kind because its new, super easy and super cute!  However, I know some of you are just excited the fabric flower craze is ending today.  I guess in the end everyone is happy.  Some of you with your new fabric accessories and some of you with your i-hate-flowers-and-tutorials sanity back.  So let's dive in.

Part III:  Rolled Fabric Flower

Fabric of your choice
Hot glue gun
Headband, brooch pin back, or bobby pin

Let the rolling begin!
1.  Heat up the glue gun.
2.  Tear a 1"-ish strip of fabric.  I used the scissors to start a small cut and then I tore.  I'm NOT a good tear-er.  I can absolutely N-O-T  tear a straight line, but no worries.  It didn't seem to effect the flower in the end.
3.  Fold the 1" piece of fabric in half like so.  I placed a dot of glue inside just to hold it.

4.  Begin rolling the flower like you are rolling up a ribbon.  After you have secured a tight center place a dot of glue to keep the fabric in place.

5.  Continue to roll as you gently encourage the fabric to roll out.  I didn't find that that there was a simple clean way to do this.  I just rolled with the punches and kept twisting it out.  Every so often place a dot of glue between the ribbon and the forming flower to make sure all of your hard work stays together.

6.  Keep on rolling until you run out of fabric or you reach the flower size of your choice.  I made all different sizes.
7.  Something mine ended up looking like a cone, especially if my fabric was too wide to start with.  So I just cut it off.  DIY is all about improvising right.

8.  Cut out a circle of felt and use your glue gun to place it on the bottom of the flower.
9.  Adhere the accessory of your choice.
I place a piece of felt over the base of the pin as well.  Basically only because that's what the crafty Caity Shinnick told me to do.  You should totally check out her new website!  It's amazing!  I love all of her stuff!

All done!  Wear them with pride.
 I made this one out of an old t-shirt that needed to be thrown away.  So I decided to upcycle it!  Worked perfectly and it was FREE!
I made a trio set to wear together on a white tee or as individuals.

You can find a more professional tutorial here if you want more details.  I don't take the best pictures I know.  I hope you guys and gals are inspired to whip out some fabric flowers.  Who needs to sew when you have a glue gun?  That's my philosophy.

Soon I will post about my GRADUATION (picture me saying that like Oprah because I am!) and one of my favorite and more frustrating new DIY project.  See you soon!

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