Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fabric flowers-two different ways (tutorial)

So today I have a little tutorial to make the fabric flowers that I put on my new lampshade.  They are super easy and both made pretty much the same way.  The biggest difference is one has a knotted center and the other has a rolled center giving it more of a rose look.

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I started with some white felt, measuring cups (because they were good circle templates), scissors and some white sheets leftover from E's ruffly duvet.

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First cut out some felt circles (they are going to be the back of your flower that nobody will see).  Then cut out some 1/2 inch by about 20 inch strips of whatever fabric you chose for your flower.  I ripped mine into strips because I wanted a shabby look with the little loose threads hanging out.

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Then knot one end of your fabric strip.

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Then I cut the little tail off.

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Glue to the center of your felt circle.

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Then start twisting your fabric and then wrapping around your knotted center putting little dabs of hot glue as you go.

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Twist.  Wrap.  Glue.  Around and around.

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When you run out of felt circle just pull the fabric to the back of the felt circle and hot glue it down.  Snip off any remaining fabric.

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Ta-da!  Easy.

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If you don't like the look of the knotted center you can do a rolled center.  Like the bottom flower and furthest right flower in the photo here.

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You still need the felt circle and fabric strip.  But this time I ironed the fabric strip kind of like making bias tape.  Just take the two raw ends and have them meet each other and iron down.

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Then start rolling the fabric and glueing as you go.

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Until you have a nice rolled portion to use as your center.

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Then start twisting and glueing just like the first fabric flower and glue it to a felt circle same as the first flower.

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Love them.  Added some fun texture to my boring lampshade.

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