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kraftiness: fabric flowers

April 14, 2011
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Hello my name is Martin!

This week I have been mostly enjoying the splendid bath countryside in the sunshine…

I wonder what I will be  doing next week??

Today katy said she wants to show you how to make fabric flowers. Maybe it’s because I’m a boy monkey but I really don’t see the fascination in so many different ways to make flowers? Don’t they all look the
same? Apparently not!

The flowers in this weeks tutorial I always see Katy wearing in her hair or on a cardigan. I’m going to show you how to make them and  how to make them into brooches or hair clips. Depends on what you fancy! I don’t
really get it because I don’t have any hair and I’m plenty warm enough with my sock fur to need a cardigan. Hey ho, Katy says you lot will like it!


You will need:
Any kind of fabric
Needle and cotton (same colour as your fabric)
Scissors and pins
Felt
Safety pin (depends on size of the flower)
Hair clip (curl grips work best from superdrug!)

Trickiness rating:  (not veri tricki)

Step One
First you need to decide how big you want your flower to be. After Katy did many flower experiments with her fellow peglets, she says if you want a mahoosive corsage it’s best to combine two flowers together. Any way here are the steps to make the normal sized fabric flower.

Choose your fabric and cut it roughly this size so you have a long ribbon like piece: (12in by 3in)

Step Two

Fold your fabric in half length ways, so you have a thin long shape. Thread your needle (careful they can bite!) and fold in the raw edges at the thin width of the fabric and stitch away. You can test yourself now by trying to remember how to do an overcast stitch! Don’t worry if you can’t, I’m not a short-tempered monkey. Just have a look at last weeks tutorial. When you’re done, do a few back stitches to secure it and SNIP!

Step Three

Now you are going to sew all along the longer side of the farbic, just doing a simple running stitch. BUT this is the MAGIC part. As you sew, start to pull your stitches so the material gathers. If you fabric is quite thick you will need ot do this every 4-5 stitches.

Keep going until you reach the end, do some backstitches and SNIP! Once again, fold in the raw edges and overcast stitch it to tidy it up.

Step Four

Now you will have something that resembles a “scrunchie” which Katy says you would have all worn at school. This is the assembly part and this is where you take charge and decide how you want to shape and mould your flower. Start at one end of the “scrunchie” and roll roll roll. You will start to see it is beginning to take shape. Once you are happy with your floral shape, pin it to SMITHEREENS and then stitch it LIKE MAD to secure all the folds. You may find it easier to stitch it in place as you roll it, if you flower is unruly.

Step Five

Ta dah! A flower! To finish you can add some pretty little shiny beads in the centre of the flower. To create a secure backing to protect your precious threads, cut out a circle of felt that fits the back of the flower and a small rectangle.

Sew the circle onto the back of the flower, trying to make the stitches as small as possible. Once secured, take a safety pin (for a brooch) and sew the rectangle of felt as shown below.

For a hair clip, open the clip up and trap the rectangle inside it, flat side up. Then tack it to SMITHEREENS all around the clip, as shown below.

TOPTIP

Fed up of a handbag? Then get chopping! If you like beady bags like Katy, snip them off and reinvent them into a flower!

TO MAKE THE BIG CORSAGE

Step One

Cut a piece of the same fabric 5inch by 12inch roughly. Follow Steps Two to Three for the smaller flower. You should be left with a big scrunchie shape. Instead of rolling, just stitch it into a ring.

Step Two

Assemble the corsage so that the smaller flower sits on top of the ring and stitch away! Again, do the backing as explained in Step Five.

TOPTIP

Use can use the same technique to make tiny ribbon flowers – they are so cute!

You can make lots and turn them into a headband!

Have any peglets or peglet readers got krafty requests? See an accessory you fancy in a magazine? Let me know and we can put Katy to the test – ha ha!

See you next week!

Martin.

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