Monday, August 29, 2011

Adorable Satin Flower

 by Ashley at Make It, Love It

Tutorial - Adorable, elegant Satin Flower Headband.

The flowers worked perfectly on little white shoes.
A little girl in a dress, isn’t quite complete without a little something in her hair.
It's super soft.

You will need
Satin Fabric
Sewing Needle
Matching Thread
¼ or ⅕ inch elastic if you are making a headband

First, start with a narrow strip of fabric.  I started with a strip that was 1 1/4 inch wide and about 15 inches long.  (How wide or narrow you make the strip will change the look of your flower.  Change it up and experiment with it.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise and sew it into a tube, with the right side of the fabric facing out.  

Use a zig-zag stitch or serge (overlock) it.
Then sew a basting stitch right next to your zig-zag or serged edge and then slightly gather your strip. 
Then, grab one end of the tube and fold the very end over (towards the serged edge) and stitch in place.  (This will just help hide the very end of the your fabric so that it doesn’t show from the front of the flower.)

Then, start loosely rolling up the strip of fabric……..and make a few stitches on the bottom of the flower to hold the rolled flower in place.  Then roll another time or two and then make a few more stitches.
Keep rolling and stitching……and you’ll see a flower taking shape.
Once you reach the end of your strip of fabric, tuck the very end under, towards the bottom of the flower.  Stitch in place.
Then flip over your flower and place a hot iron over the top and crush the flower flat.  
Use steam (depending on fabric) and press down firmly.  
Depending on you you squash it, you can create all sorts of different looks.  
Try mashing all of the petals down to one side…….or squash the petals straight down……….or half and half.
And then make several more.
And now you have a fun new fabric flower that you can use on all sorts of projects.
Make them big and make them small.
And have fun with it.


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