Ready to learn how to make the 3 kind of flower in these fabric flower bouquets? They’re a lot faster than the poms from Part 2! Speaking of which, if you’re just joining us, you can get started by checking out these posts:
Alright, let’s get started with Part 3! Here’s what we’re going for today:
And this is what you’ll need:
*3 inch wide strip of fabric
*Hot glue gun
*Sewing machine- or needle and thread
*Stem- I used a pipe cleaner in Part 1 but I recommend a floral wire stem in at least 20 gauge. The ones I used for these flowers are 18 Gauge… it’s a green wrapped, stiff wire that is strong enough to not just flop under the weight of the fabric bloom. You can get packages of these stems at places like Hobby Lobby.
Step 1: Fold your strip of fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides on the outside and press.
Step 2: Sew a long running stitch down the raw edges of the folded strip, sewing them to each other. If you’re using a machine, set it on a long stitch length and do NOT backstitch. If you’re sewing by hand, sew a long, running stitch down the whole open edge.
Step 3: Now you’re going to gather your strip. If you’ve sewn it by machine, pull the bobbin (bottom) thread gently and ruffle the strip. It helps if you pull from each end and ruffle towards the middle. If you’ve sewn it by hand, pull the thread and the fabric will ruffle.
Step 4: Start at one end and fold the short end of the strip 90 degrees to align with the long edge. (You want to hide the raw edge of the fabric down into the center of the rosette. Then, using your glue gun, put a small line of glue along the ruffled seam and begin coiling the fabric.
Step 5: Working in short pieces, glue and coil the ruffle until you get to the end of the strip. As you near then end, fold toward the back of the rosette and glue to the bottom.
Step 6: Generously apply glue to the bottom of the flower and press it down onto felt. Then trim the excess felt from around the base of the flower.
Step 7: Apply your stem as in Part 1 of the tutorial. (make a loop at the end of your wire, bend at 90 degrees, glue to the felt backing of your flower and then add another small piece of felt over that, securing the stem to the base of the flower. Then bend the stem so that the bloom is centered over the top of the stem.
That’s it! Repeat with as many flowers as you’d like to make! And check back soon for the final steps of how to put it all together into a unique and beautiful bouquet. 🙂 Oh, and let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks for following along,