* fabric flower

Posted on May 26th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I bought a skirt for my sister for her birthday, but I also wanted to make something. I got it at Anthropologie, and they also had these cute fabric flowers, for $28! So I made this fabric flower to match the skirt with some fabric scrabs and the extra button that came with it. The top 2 layers are both made the same way. Cut a strip of ribbon (top layer) or fabric (middle layer). For the ribbon, I also cut one edge so it would fray. Starting with the top layer, with matching thread, make a knot in one end and sew big long stitches along one edge. Pull the thread to gather the fabric. (This is roughly the ribbon-flower-making technique on Carol Duvall the other day, although mine didn’t really look like hers.) Mess with it until you like it. Then continue sewing big long stitches along the edge of the second layer. Gather it and fiddle with it until you like it. Sew through the center of both of the layers a couple of times to secure them. The bottom layer is a piece of ultrasuede, but felt would look nice too. I cut it into a vaguely flowery shape. Also, find a nice button and a safety pin. Right after I finished it, I noticed the Kerry button sitting on my dining room table and realized that I should’ve scavanged that, but oh well. Sew through the bottom layer, catch the safety pin, and sew back through all the layers and through the button. Go back and forth through the layers until the button and the safety pin are pretty secure. Knot off the thread and fringe the edges if you want. I’m not sure I like the filmy ribbon I used on this one, but it matched so well that I had to use it. I’m going make myself one in yellows and oranges and put it on my bike.

One Response to “fabric flower”

  1. ariel Says:

    i found a skirt at work made entirely of ties. it was neat.


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