Thursday, August 05, 2010

Fabric Flowers & A Giveaway!!!


Definitely a favorite of mine. For quite a while I was know for my paper flower creations but now I have to say I am absolutely loving these fabric flowers I came up with.

Flowers are everywhere! And you can add them to a necklaces, to tops and shirts and for of course flowers in your hair!

These flowers I created for Glue Arts. We wanted to take something with us to CHA that used our new Fabric Bond and also gave our attendees something to remember us by. They were a huge success...I'm just sorry I couldn't make one for everyone. They are...were quite a bit of work. And maybe for someone like me who is a bit of a perfectionist...a bit more time goes into them!lol 

Here's a step by step tutorial for you to recreate the flowers.

Fabric Flowers
Designer: Julia Sandvoss


Glue Arts Fabric Bond
Pin or Hair Clip
Needle and Thread
Tulle or net
Imaginisce I-top (My thanks to Lori & Imaginisce!!)
Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Using the flower template, 

cut out six flowers in assorted fabrics or colors. Depending upon how full you would like the could add more layers (right click on the flower template. Chose "Save As" and reopen in a print program and resize as needed)

Step 2: Select two flowers that will be the bottom flower layer. Add some Fabric Bond to one layer and press together. You can heat this with an iron on a low setting for a complete bond.

Step 3:  Thread your needle with a fun thread color and stitch through the center of the two bottom flower layers.

Step 4: Next fold the remaining flowers in half than then in half one more time.

Step 5: Sew the corner of the four flowers to the center of the base blue flowers.  

Step 6: Cut 2 circles of coordinating tulle. Here it looks great to use the same technique of folding the tulle and  sewing it over one of the fabrics or leave it as a circle and sew it in the center allowing it to layer over all the flowers.

 Step 7: Cut a small circle of felt and sew that to the center.  Next cut a square of fabric...use your Imaginisce I-top to make a fabric button. Or use a fun button of your own or even a brad!

Step 8: Adhere the button. Then cut a circle out of felt for the backing. If you're going to use a pin back, go ahead and sew that onto the felt. For a clip back you will need a small strip of fabric or felt that you will sew across the bottom pin clip.  

Step 9: Last carefully sew the felt backing through the bottom two layers of the flower to secure the backing to the flower. And you're ready to wear one sweet flower in your hair, on your clothes or even clipped to a necklace! {how sweet does this look in Haley's hair!}

A few tips:  Some of the petals you may prefer to stitch down to the felt to hold them in a certain spot. If so use a small, discreet stitch through the flower and the felt base. You can add a bit of detail to the flowers by including some beads, pearls or buttons to the centers. Just use a thread and needle to stitch them to the flowers. Once you have made the flower consider adding ribbon leaves. Simply take a short length of ribbon about 3 inches long. Fold in half and gather at the cut end. Stitch the cut end onto the backside of the felt base. Or use felt leaves as shown. 

These flowers are perfect for not only your clothes, but your hair, bracelets, necklaces, purses, home d├ęcor and more! You can also pin these to a skirt...cardigan and if you want to get really creative....after making a few...back them on a larger piece of felt and attach jump rings and chain to make a necklace!

A few friends have asked me to make these for them claiming they are not crafty! So if you're the me for prices and colors...I'm more than happy to work with you!!

And last for today to celebrate Parker's birthday about a fun giveaway?! 

Please leave a comment today...let me know your favorite type of flowers to make...paper or fabric.Sign up to follow or just say hello! I like those comments too! Included in this giveaway..a new border punch thanks to Stephanie Hamen and Fiskars, some fun Imaginisce papers, stamps and coordinating flowers, Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabet, Petaloo mini circle album and to coordinate some Bo Bunny Double Dot Cardstock. How's that?!

I'll give you through this weekend to leave a comment and announce the winner on Monday!

And I almost forgot...I have lots of fantastic scrapbook auctions up on Ebay right now! So if you've been wanting some Bo Bunny products...look no further!  

Happy Crafting...


  1. Love those flowers, will have to try and make them. I love all flowers and nearly always have to use them on my layouts. Thanks Sam x

  2. Love those flowers, will have to try and make them. I love all flowers and nearly always have to use them on my layouts. Thanks Sam x

  3. my favorite flowers to make are the fabric rosettes!!!! this is a lovely giveawya and I cannot wait to try out your flowers!

  4. Great tutorial! I love making spiral flowers the most right now because they are pretty easy and look so pretty! Plus, you can make them look different depending on how tightly you roll or whether you squish it, etc. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!!! :-)

  5. Love both paper and fabric flowers!!!Thanks for the tutorial! Will try these this weekend!!!

  6. I just love your fabric flowers! And what a great tutorial! I'll have to try them out! Thanks so much for the chance at your fab giveaway!

  7. My little guy, well not so little (13),had a birthday yesterday too! This flower is too cute, and I can't wait to try it. My fav flower to make right now are fabric flowers (the ones that you roll fabric around and stick to a punchout circle base)! And although it's not technically a flower- I've been enjoying pinwheels too! Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway!

  8. Very cute flowers! My favorite to make is paper lollipop flowers!

  9. Great flowers. Thanks for the tutorial. I prefer to make paper flowers.

  10. Happy Birthday to Parker! Thanks for the awesome flower tutorial and a chance to win. :)

  11. Happy Birthday, Parker! Love these flowers, Julia! So creative and sooo many possibilities! I'm loving all the cute ways to make fabric flowers that are so popular right now. I like making some from muslin, then spritzing them with mist for color.

  12. Awesome giveaway!!! I am already a follower :-) I love making BOTH fabric and paper flowers, although prob make paper ones more often. These ones here look super gorgeous :-) :-) thanks for the tutorial!!

  13. I loove flowers! I like to make ones with my old sizzix retired die. I make them out of felt and use a button for the middle!

    Nice giveaway, very thoughtful of you!

  14. very cute flowers. I like both paper and fabric but paper are usually easier. I am already a follower.

  15. A big Hello! great giveaway! I love all flowers but am making a ton of box flowers these days.

  16. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I love making flowers. I have only made paper and ribbon flowers, though, so for now those are my favorite. But I do want to try fabric soon! :)

  17. I've never made a fabric flower, although yours are lovely. I'd have to say that I like making paper flowers the most.

  18. I love your flowers! They look great.
    I personally live making flowers with silk paper.

  19. Thanks for the tutorial. I haven't made fabric flowers so I would have to say my favorite is paper flowers. I already follower your blog.

  20. i like any type of flower, especially the ones i grow in my garden! thanks for the fun tutorial and cut pic of haley!

  21. I love these flowers so much, pretty and bright! To be honest, everytime I try to make any sort of flowers (paper or fabric) I mess it up, but I will keep on trying till I get there eventually! Thanks for the chance to win too hun!! Hannah xx

  22. My Parker will be 10 in a couple months!

  23. Fabulous tutorial here. I love making paper flowers but have never tried making fabric flowers. I wonder if I could use paper to make these flowers. Thanks for doing this fun giveaway. Keep up the great work =) Cheers!

  24. hopped over from imaginisce, love your flower, i now follow you :D

  25. This kind of blog is what I really love visiting. You will learn new things in this blog. Like that tutorial on how to make a beautiful fabric flower. I want that giveaway.


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