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DIY: Make a Fabric Flower
You will need:
- Long, narrow strip of fabric: The longer the strip, the fuller the flower!
- Ribbon to match, as desired.
- Safety pin (or desired attachment style)
Step by Step Process:
- Thread the needle: Make the thread about as long as your strip of fabric; this is more than enough to create the flower, but the extra thread will come in handy towards the end.
- Tie a double, triple, or quadruple knot at the end of the thread; this ensure the thread does not pass through the fabric, allowing it to the fabric to bunch up at the knot.
- Begin stitching your strip of fabric, about 1/8" from the edge, with stitches about 1/8"-1/4" in length. This is a simple up-and-down stitch, which can be achieved by bunching the fabric into an accordion (see image below).
- After you have stitched the entire edge of the strip of fabric, hold the thread taught while carefully sliding down the fabric towards the knotted end of the thread.
- The fabric will begin bunching, and curving in on itself.
- After you have bunched the entire length of fabric, starting at the end with the knotted thread, fold the end over between your thumb and forefinger, and begin twisting it in on itself: You should start seeing the 'flower form' now.
- Do not cut the thread. You will need the excess thread for the next step!
- Take the excess thread, and begin wrapping it very tightly around the bottom of the flower; puncturing through the entire bottom of the flower as desired.
- This ensures that the flower stays together; your flower should not come undone, and sit as if you were still pinching the bottom on its own.
Detachable Fabric Flower
Now, the point of the flower is to either wear it, or use it to decorate, right? You will need to get creative in exactly how to this. For example, you could attach the flower to a hair scrunchy or hair clip.
The following are instructions on attaching it to a safety pin and some matching ribbon:
- Take the ribbon and fold it in half around the back-side of a safety pin; this is the half of the safety pin that does not puncture. No need to puncture.
- Pinch the ribbon and safety pin between your thumb and forefinger, and begin sewing back and forth through the ribbon, close to the safety pin: This ensures that the ribbon does not slide off the safety pin.
- Finally, sew the safety pin and ribbon onto the backside of the flower. You can do this by sewing through both the ribbon and the flower, in and out, until the ribbon is tightly on there.
- You should now have a usable safety pin clasp on the back of your flower. Get pinning!