Fancy fabric flowers two ways: tutorial
Let me start by saying that I do not often make fabric flowers. Hand-sewing frustrates me and I usually prefer making larger things, following a set pattern with different pieces that fit together. But I've found a way that works for me, and I actually enjoy making these little flowers! So often I look at fabric flowers and am confused by the construction, but I guarantee these ones are super easy to make!
Here's the basic tutorial, for a fun fabric flower you can make out of one, two, or maybe even three types of fabric. All-one fabric would be pretty, but since I have the silk organza and the poly lining of the exact same color, I'm going to go with two. So here's what you do:
- Cut 11-13 circles. Cut one extra-large one, 4 large ones, 4 medium ones, and 2-4 small ones, depending on the fluffiness you want and the stiffness or thickness of the fabric. You can cut circles by tracing Tupperware lids, or by cutting squares and then lobbing the corners off carefully. They don't have to be perfect!!
- Fold the circles in half, then into quarters, then cut petal shapes out. Again, no need for perfection, but try to make your petals pretty and rounded, even if they're not all the same size.
- On the extra large circle, mark the center with a fabric pen. Fold the four large circles into quarters and sew them, with 2-3 stitches, to the center of the base flower.
- Continue this method with all four large petals.
- Now for the second layer! Using the medium petals, sew them down on an angle from the original four quadrants so that each of them covers the fold between the original ones. It makes more sense in pictures.
- Continue with all the medium flowers, then the 2-4 smallest ones. At this point, the flower will be sort of puffy and you don't need to worry too much about perfectly covering the folds of the lower layer, and you can sew the 2-4 inner petals on whichever angle you choose, as long as their centers match up with the base flower center.
- Now for the pin. You'll need some pin backs (I got this package for about $1 at JoAnn's).
- Sew the pin back onto the flower. Go through all three holes, anchoring on both sides of the pin!
- And you're done.
Now, after I made this flower, I thought... one flower on a dress? Could be kind of boring. I wanted to make another one!
I thought, what would it look like if I used a less symmetrical approach? Rather than one whole layer of opaque flowers, what if I just mixed in the different types of petals? So I'll show you now another version. Here, cut 1 base flower, 4 large flowers, 4 medium flowers, 4 small flowers, and, if you like, 2-4 extra small flowers. This flower has more petals than the other!
- Same as before--fold the large petals into quarters, and sew onto your base flower.
- Continue with the other large flowers--if you're using two different fabrics, like me, I suggest alternating them. See; I have sheer, opaque, sheer...
- Sew on the medium layer, again, covering the folded edges of the lower layer.
- Once you get to the end, it should be quite 3-D, so sew the smallest flowers in however you like.
- Sew the pin back on as before.
Here are the two flowers!! The more symmetrical one is the larger one; the more free-form one is the smaller. They're very similar in that they both have the curved petal edges (wouldn't this be fun if you cut the petals pointy?!) and are put together the same way, but they do have different looks.
So there it is. I still have no idea how I want to wear the dress, but at least I have some fun options!
Seriously, thank you for your suggestions on how to accessorize the dress. Believe it or not, hot pink minidresses are not the norm for me!