Thursday, October 21, 2010

flower pin/clip tutorial

Better late than never . . . I like that phrase.  I'm not sure how true it is though.  It's probably better to be on time . . . maybe even a few minutes early.  But that's not my point.

You see, back in July I started making these by the bucketful:

I took pictures thinking that I would make a tutorial, but then I started seeing fabric flowers EVERYWHERE . . . seriously . . . I'm pretty sure that having a craft blog requires doing a fabric flower tutorial.  I decided that there was really no need to add another flower pin/clip tutorial to the plethora out there. 

However, a few weeks ago when I showed the deep cowl-neck scarf that I made with one of the flower pins attached, I actually started getting e-mails requesting a tutorial.  And YOU KNOW that I CAN'T resist a tutorial request.  This flower is super easy to make with no sewing-machine skills needed!  Woo hoo!

So here it is:

The Flirty Fabric Pin/Clip Tutorial
for personal, non-commercial use only

Here's what you need:
~a variety of fabric scraps
~pinking shears
~very long piece of embroidery thread
~safety pin or small clip
~felt scraps
~felt/fabric glue

Here's what you do:
1)  Trace and cut a variety of circle sizes from scraps with pinking shears.  Each circle should be smaller than the one before it.  Five circles makes a super flirty full flower, but I ended up using four in this example.  Cut out a smaller circle in the center of each circle.

2)  Use needle and embroidery thread and sew a long running stitch around the smaller center circle of each fabric circle that you will be using.

3)  Flip the circle over so you are looking at the underside.  Pull thread to gather circle tight.  Tie knot and push needle up threw center of gathered circle.

4)  Use same needle and thread to make another long running stitch on the next smaller circle.  Pull tight on the underside of the circle.  Tie knot.  Push need and thread threw center.  Follow this same process with each circle for as many layers as you want.

5)  On the last layer, push your needle and thread threw so that it is coming at the top center of the stacked flower.  Slide button onto needle.  Push button down so that it is flush again the stacked fabric circles.  Sew button on.

6)  Turn flower over so that you are looking at the underside of the flower.  Cut two small rectangles of felt with pinking shears. Use felt/fabric glue to attach one rectangle to underside center of flower.  Place pin or clip on top of this rectangle and glue second rectangle on top.  Then add an embroidery stitch around the edge of the rectangle. (I ended up having no good pics of the original flower I started with for this step, so please excuse the random pic of a different flower.)

Done!  You can see more examples of colors and styles in my super lame Etsy shop!  ;)

Craft on!

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Unknown said...

I love it. But apparently I missed the boat about the fabric flower tutorial prerequisite. Mind if I borrow yours? ;)

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

I also am not in the flower tutorial club. Darn it. haha.
I love your tutorial - I actually hadn't seen this method - I really like it. Thanks!!

Debby said...

I hadn't seen this method either. I am trying to make these but not cutting the center out. Anxious to rery this method. Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

Love these. I think they would look really cute on a handbag or headband. Hmmm....sounds like I have a project for the weekend!

Alison @ said...

How cute! I am going to have to make some of these to match the halloween dresses I am working on.

Staci said...

And BAM I've just found this year's Christmas gift for the ladies in my book club. Lovely. Thank you!

Diana said...

I love these. I'm thinking of making a smaller version to go on a headband for my grandaughter.

Thanks for sharing

The Decorating Diaries said...

Super cute. I'm always looking for new ways to make fabric flowers. Thanks.


Brandy said...

This is so cute!!

Jana said...

Love it! :)

chris said...

Another fab 12 Crafts Design!

Sandy Ang said...

Love your flower pin and the tutorial !

Amy Meyer said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have always wanted to try that!

Amy @ Chicy-Creations said...

Love the colors you used! I found you through Hope Studios link party where I also linked a flower tutorial, but not the same one :)

Wendy said...

I don't know if it's possible to have too many fabric flower tutorials :) There are so many different ways to make them and yours are beautiful!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Yours is the first tutorial that I've seen that shows cutting a hole in the center. This makes SO much sense. Thanks for going ahead and showing us your tutorial! Adorable flowers! (You made me laugh with your comment about the super lame etsy shop!) LOVE IT!

Suzie said...

Thanks for the tutorial. A very cute flower! Love it!
Suzie @

Anonymous said...

So cute! I am going to have to try some of these. Great tutorial too. thanks for sharing at Fantabulous Friday!

Megan Gunyan said...

Awesome! I love it. I'm one who ALWAYS needs a tutorial. Always! So, thank you so much!

April said...

I love these little flowers! I love a quick project! I really need to make some for my dd. The only thing she will keep in her hair is a flower! Come link up for a chance to win my Get Organized Giveaway!

Dana said...

How awesomely ingenious! I have made these with the "pinch the center and stitch" method, but then you have that bulky thing that you don't know what to do with and it won't lay flat. Sooooo glad you shared this!!

Dawn said...

so cute, quick and easy! i just used your tutorial to make a flower for an ear warmer for my daughter. blogged about it here

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