Scrap Flower Tutorial
Next up for Pink Week is the tutorial for the sweet little fabric flower brooch that is part of my giveaway. I used the scraps from this skirt to make those little flowers and it couldn’t have been any easier. These scraps are from the quilt I finished at the beginning of May. The best thing about these little flowers is that they are incredibly versatile. You can glue them to a headband, or an alligator clip and use as a hair accessory. You can string them together for a fabric statement necklace, you can attach a pin to the back and use them to decorate your jacket, or your purse. There is no end to the possibilities! Without anymore blabbing from me, I’ll give you the…
- Scraps of fabric- these can be any pattern, or a solid, any width from 1 1/2 inches down to as skinny as 1/2″ They don’t need to be cut straight, threads hanging off the side only add character, you can use a selvedge edge, and the length doesnt’ really matter. A true scrap busting project!
- A small scrap of felt in any color- this one is about 4″x6″ and I used a little more than half. You aren’t going to see this from the front, so any color you have will be fine.
- A few inches of ribbon, tulle, fabric, ricrac or whatever other scraps you see laying around for a leaf.
- Small scissors
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Pinbacks, alligator clips, headband, whatever attachment you want. You could even use a safety pin.
To start cut a small square of felt, this is about .5″ square. If you are using a patterned fabric, fold it in half wrong sides together. (Or you can leave it unfolded- your flower will be brighter if you don’t show much of the wrong side of the fabric.)
Start twisting your fabric around itself until it’s a good little twisted rope. Put a dab of hot glue in the center of your felt. Tuck the raw end under and start coiling your rope into a circle. Keep going, adding more hot glue along the edges until your flower is the desired size (or until you run out of fabric or felt) Tuck the tail end onto the back and secure with hot glue.
Another option is to start with a skinny-minny scrap and add a wider scrap for the outer few layers. To do this, cut your large scrap into a point, and tuck it into the end of the skinny-minny before you glue it all the way down. This will give your flower a little different dimension.
When your flower is all glued down trim off your excess felt. (This particular scrap was about 30 inches long, and so after I trimmed the felt I cut the tail off and glued it down on the back side.)
After you have a few flowers made (stick to odd numbers, it’ll look better) cut out two leaf shapes, one larger than the other, from a scrap of fabric, or tulle. You could also use a little scrap of ricrac, a small feather, or some ribbon. Whatever you’ve got in your scrap box. I made the base of the leaves wide so that I could gather them a little. Then glue them onto the back of one of your flowers.
Arrange your flowers however you’d like and then using a lot of hot glue, glue them to another piece of felt, and trim the excess off the edges.
After it’s all done I saw this little polka dot ribbon and I decided that I might like that better. So I just trimmed off the striped leaves and glued the ribbon bits on. At this point you could embellish it with little buttons, beads, rhinestones or anything else that you’ve got lying around. Glue a pinback, or a clip to the backside and wear your scraps in style!
Here is the brooch I made for the giveaway, with a little tulle for the leaves. Both brooches measure about 2.75×3 inches. The size of each individual flower will depend on the width and length of your scraps, as well as how tight you twist them up. And, since it’s just scraps, make a bunch and play around with it. It’s basically a free accessory for you or a pretty gift for someone else!
I’m adding this to Sew&Tell at Amylouwho’s. It’s a great way to start the weekend!
*** This pattern is for personal use only. You are welcome to use this tutorial to make pins for yourself or to give as gifts, but please do not sell accessories made from this tutorial. If you post pictures of something you made using this tutorial, please link back to this site I’d love to see your pictures. But please don’t post any part of this tutorial on your blog. Thank you. ***