Tuesday, August 24, 2010
One more in a series of fabric flower tutorials. This satin rose looks fancy, but the process to get there is easy. No worries!
A really quick Satin Fabric Rose Tutorial inspired by couturesmith.
Step 0: Gather Materials
Materials: Square of Fabric (I used an 8" square of satin to get a 4" wide flower- you should use fabric more substantial than a chiffon/organza)
Strong thread + needle (I used a quilting thread, if you're using something weaker, you should double the thread)
And [optional] pins
Step 1: Place Your Fabric Square, Right-Side Up
Place your fabric square on your surface, right-side up.
Step 2: Fold Fabric Square Diagonally, As Shown
Fold your fabric square diagonally, as shown in the photo. Wrong-side should be facing up.
Step 3: (Optional) Pin One Side + Folded Edge, If Needed
If the fabric is slippery like my satin here, you might want to pin one side AND the folded edge, as shown.
Step 4: Sew 1 Edge and Folded Edge
Leaving a *long* knotted end, sew the folded fabric together, along two sides: one side MUST include the folded edge, as shown. It's important that you vary the length of the stitches in order to get flower petals of various sizes. The knotted end of the thread must be long enough to grip with your fingers.
Step 5: Flip Fabric, Right-Side Out
Pulling the right-side of the fabric through your one unsewn edge, flip the fabric triangle right-side out.
Step 6: Pull the Two Thread Ends, Bunching the Fabric
Pull the two ends of the thread (the knotted-end and the needle-end). The fabric should bunch up as shown.
Step 7: Running Stitch the Back, Raw Edges
You should have one "bad side" of the flower with raw edges from the one unsewn side of the triangle. Do a loose running stitch around these raw edges.
Step 8: Pull Thread Lightly to Close
Pull the running stitch thread lightly, to close up the raw edges, as shown.
Step 9: Secure Thread Ends
Secure *both* thread ends to the back of the flower with a knot or two, then snip.
Step 10: Arrange the Flower "Petals" as Desired
Arrange the flower petals into an aesthetically pleasing look. you might need to use a spare needle to do so.
Step 11: With a Damp Cloth, Steam-Iron the Flower Flat
Get a damp cloth, place it over the flower on an ironing board, and then press with the iron for 10 seconds at high heat. This will steam the flower flat. You should do this for both sides of the flower.
Step 12: Sew Small Piece of Felt to Back
Sew a small piece of felt to the back of the flower, so you can slip a hair clip or brooch pin into the flower and interchange it as desired. Be sure to only sew two sides of the felt, as shown.
Step 13: Done!
Slip a clip into the felt, and you're done!
Attach it to your hair, blazer, or favorite blouse.