Thursday, February 11, 2010

How To: Rolled Fabric Flowers

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So I am jumping on the bandwagon and loving all the rolled fabric flowers I've seen here and there. We decided to make some with the girls in our church youth group, but I couldn't find a great tutorial on how to make them so I played around and this is what I came up with.
Enjoy!

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Start with about a 1" ripped strip of fabric (you can use any width...this was the width I liked best). The length and weight of your fabric will dictate the end diameter of your flower.

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Fold the strip in half and dot a little fabric glue on the end 1/2" or so.

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Roll the glued end a few times to get a nice tight center.

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Then, once you have a center you like, start twist/folding your fabric away from the center as you roll.

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It will start to look like this. Periodically secure the layers with fabric glue as you go.

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Continue rolling until you have a flower that is sized the way you like, but make sure you leave at least a 1" or 2" tail (enough to cover flower bottom).

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Spread glue all over the bottom side of the flower.

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Then fold tail down to cover glue. Press flat with your fingers.

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Then trim off the excess fabric.

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Use felt to secure them alone or in groups to make headbands, pins, necklaces, or dare I suggest earrings?

And the upside to letting my hair go back to its --ahem-- more natural darker shade of blond is that I might be able to pull off this color of yellow finally.

Maybe.

105 comments:

  1. This is perfect. Jamie and I tried to make some at Christmas, but came up woefully short. Have to give it a try, especially since I couldn't swallow the $28 price tag for a headband at j crew today.

    and, ps, I followed your advice and went for quantity at gap rather than quality at jj, and came out WAY ahead. thanks.

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  2. you crafty little genius you

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  3. love these! and love the color--you could pull it off.

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  4. these are so cute! you're so crafty. i can't wait to see them adorning chubby baby girl. although she's thinning out lately. you need to up her calorie intake stat. also i want to take a file to your nails soo bad. love you.

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  5. love these! i just bought a couple solid hoodies at target for grace (they were on clearance for $4!) and i've been dreaming up ways of embellishing them. rolled flowers are clearly the answer i've been seeking.

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  6. I know Vanessa...I feel the same way about my fingernails. If I was smart enough to do it I'd have photoshopped them somehow. Oh well.

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  7. Those are darling! thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. I thought I saw one of these flowers lying on your counter! I'm glad you posted this...I think I'll try it out.

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  9. I was actually thinking how pretty and young looking your hands were...XO, mom

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  10. Oh I love these. I like these a lot better than the way I learned to do them. Thanks!

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  11. This post is SO YOU DANIELLE!!! "I just couldn't find anything that was quite right, so I made one up myself!"
    That's what I love about you...you take what is out there and make it SO much better! I would be at the fabric store right now if it were open. I'm so excited :) Thank you for sharing your crafting genius once again.

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  12. Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful yellow fabric you got there.

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  13. This is the easiest tutorial for these I have ever seen! Thanks, I am going to make some of these now!

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  14. Great tutorial!! I had to try to think of how to make them myself. I love how you left room at the end to cover the bottom. I was cutting out felt and gluing the felt to the bottom. But I like your idea better!

    xoxo
    Jen

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    1. i agree! i didn't like the versions i found online for these flowers, so i was experimenting and was in the middle of wondering if i should flip the fabric strip to get the ragged look. and found your tutorial confirming it but adding the twist and the tail covering the bottom!! thank you thank you- you made my project easy.

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  15. just discovered your blog...great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  16. found your blog through tatertots & jello...and i love this! great tutorial-- I hope to whipping some of these up soon :)

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  17. awesome, thanks for a clear tute!

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  18. wow thoseare super easy and super cute! i love em!

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  19. Wow! those are super cute and really easy! we will be making those for sure!

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  20. Thank so much! I love, love, love this tutorial!! I came across you through Prudent Baby. I'm now a follower!!

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  21. Truly the simplest how to instructions that I have seen for this flower. Bravo! Your pictures are so clear and practically do all the work in this tutorial. Thank you so much

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  22. Thanks for sharing us informative thoughts.

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  23. A few years ago I made a pillow that was completely covered in these. It's still my absolute favorite! I get a lot of comments on it too:)

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  24. Love this!!! Tried and sew on my shirt to cover 2 holes ;) Thanks for the tutorial >>> http://pe4rl.blogspot.com/2010/12/zara-shirt-got-holes-in-it.html

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  25. hi, nice post, thanks for sharing.

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  26. Wow....Love it. I got a new lesson. Wonderful idea. Thanks!

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  27. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I have been wanting to learn how to make these rosettes. All the other tutorials I found were too confusing to follow. This one is perfect!! I've already made 2 flowers! :)

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  28. I was looking for non-traditional ideas for my wedding that's going to be in summer 2012 and I think this just might be the ticket. I think I will try to make bouquets out of these! It will take awhile but I think it can be done! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  29. This is fantastic. So glad I stumbled upon this!

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  30. Thank you for this! I can't wait to try!!!!

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  31. LOVE this! Great tutorial!

    www.youngnester.blogspot.com

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  32. So glad I came across your tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Great tutorial! I've always loved this type of flower!

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  34. These are fantastic! I've been searching for a good tutorial, and this is it! :) Thanks so much!

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  35. LOVE these!!!!!!! thanks for the great tutorial!! you think this would work with hot glue instead of fabric glue? :)

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  36. wonderful tutorial! thank you!

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  37. Great tutorial! I'm a new follower.

    Thanks so much, I'm gonna give these a try. Have a great weekend.

    God Bless,
    Kathleen

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  38. These are so pretty and your tutorial was wonderful! I'd love for you to submit this, and any of your other favorite projects, to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  39. Can't wait to make some of these with my granddaughter! Thank you so much for the great step by step instructions! :~D

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  40. A very straight forward explanation for making something so special, thank you.

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  41. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I am a new follower of your blog! I hope you'll follow back sometime!

    Thanks!
    Lyric
    www.fwmomtalk.blogspot.com

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  42. Perfect! This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial and photos!!!

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  43. These are so cuuuute! I'm going to have to try and make myself some. Do a cute little headband.

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  44. I made one! Yay. Heh. I'm going to put it onto a little clip eventually so I can wear it in my hair. I posted about it on my blog and even linked back to here. [:

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  45. Thanks so much for this! It is exactly what I was looking for! I couldn't find it anywhere else but here. (It seams like a secret thing no one wants to share about! ;))

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  46. Just made a few of these and they worked up great! Thanks so much! All the other tuts I saw were just so/so or didn't make sense, but yours was right on the money!

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  47. File Schmile. Silly Vanessa ;) She's just being a sister.
    Besides I would have rolled my eyes if your nails were perfectly manicured with a polish that coordinated with the colors in your tutorial.
    Actually, I would NEVER roll my eyes at you...I would just think: WOW! Danielle is not only a creative genius, she's got lovely fingernails to boot?! :)

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  48. Thanks for the easy-peasy tutorial!!!
    I linked up to it in a wreath tutorial I did on my blog!
    http://www.elislids.com/how-to-make-a-4th-of-july-wreath/

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  50. This is such a great tutorial! I am definitely going to have to try it!

    Jaimie
    www.jaimiehart.blogspot.com

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  51. Love it! Just made one for my hair before work, took like 3 minutes!!! Thank you so much!

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  52. HI..!
    Love it! TQ 4 sharing the tutorial..^-^

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  53. Question...could you make this using ribbon...satin or grosgrain? What do you thinkg?

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  54. Thank you for this perfect tutorial! I keep coming back to your bog over and over. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  55. Isnt this the tutorial that Prudentbaby.com posted?

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  56. These are great. I put mine on bobbypins and wear them ALL the time.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful and creative ideas!
    Clair

    http://clair-afewofmyfavoritethings.blogspot.com/

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  57. Yes...It is the tutorial I shared at Prudent Baby!

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  58. Thank you SO much for this great tutorial - you did such an amazing job. I linked to your blog from mine (cameronhomemadetips.blogspot.com)
    . . . after trying to make some pretty posies of my own :)

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  59. I just included this tutorial in a rosette post I wrote here: http://makeanddogirl.com/?p=2151
    Thanks for the great, clear directions!

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  60. Hey! Just thought I'd let you know that I used this post on a tutorial on my blog: http://tutasfamily.blogspot.com/2011/11/burlap-wreath-tutorial.html Hope that's ok!
    Thanks!

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  61. Thanks for the amazing tutorial with beautiful pics. I finally made my first fabric flowers thanks to you, and I linked up my post, to your fabulous tutorial. http://greeneacreshobbyfarm.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-love-you-becausemirror-with-dry-erase.html

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  62. thanks for the tutorial! i found you via pinterest and linked to your tutorial in my post where i show using these flowers on a lamp shade! so pretty :)

    All Things With Purpose: Rolled Flower Lamp Shades

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  63. This is the easiest tutorial I,ve found on how to make thaws and I,ve been looking for days. Thank you so much. New follower.

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  64. Made a few last night. Used one as part of an Easter decoration. Can't wait to make more! I linked to your tutorial from my blog. THANK YOU!!!

    morkenmadness.blogspot.com

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  65. This is a lot harder than it looks. I'm pretty darn crafty and I couldn't make one. The directions need to be a lot more detailed about how exactly to roll the fabric. Not a good tutorial.

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  66. İt is vry easy.I will try this.thank you.Lovely..

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  67. I just made some super cute denim ones...don't know what I'm going to do with them but I just had to make some :P

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  68. Sunflower is my Favorite because it reflect true colors of nature and great feeling also friendly feeling:>)
    great color combo.....

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  69. can you give some guidance on how long of a piece you would need to make the flower you show and how best to join shorter scraps to make a longer piece to use? thanks!

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  70. So I bought these pretty clear jellies for my daughter, Keyara, from Kids Gap a while back & they had a big purple bow on them. Super cute... but our new Malti-Poo pup, Barkley, chewed on one of the bows. I had this super awesome idea to sew on a snap & make some bows & flowers so we can change them out to match her outfit. These flowers are going to be SO CUTE on them!! Great tutorial! Thanks!

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  71. Thank you so much for this clear tutorial. I just sat here and made one following your instructions. I have tried others and they were not as clear so my flowers looked, well a bit weird. LOL! But very happy now and again, so greatful you are willing to share your talent. God bless. Cathy

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  72. Great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

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  73. I had always wondered how to make these. You make it look easy.

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  74. Yay!!!!!! Have so been wanting to not have to figure out how to make these myself;) thanks for the awesome tutorial cannot wait to put it to use:) love the yellow color as well!!

    Brittny @ deerlybeelovedcreations.com

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