Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday's Tute: Frayed Petal Flower

 We love flowers.  They make great hair accessories for my daughter and I or clothing accessories.  We put ours on alligator clips so we can clip them in our hair, on a head band, in a pony band, or on our clothing or purse.
This flower has "petals", and a frayed edge,and is double sided, to give it a bit of extra pizazz.

4" x 36" strip of fabric (this measurement can be varied to create different flower sizes)
Small felt or fabric piece
Button or beads for flower center
Clip or pin (We like to cover the top piece of the alligator clip with velvet ribbon to keep it from slipping.  To do this: start at one end and wrap the ribbon around and under the top piece of the clip.  Fasten with hot glue.)
Sewing supplies

Needle and Thread or glue


 1. Spray the fabric strip with spray starch (optional to stiffen).  Fold the strip in half and press.  Cut a wave pattern on the raw edge side. (cut both pieces at together)

 2.  Sew a zigzag stitch along the wavy edge (about 1/4" from the edge to allow some fray).  Metallic or contrasting threads will look great as the zigzag stitch.  Sew a gathering stitch along the folded edge.

 3. Pull gathers up quite tight.

 4. Wrap gathered strip in a circle and stitch or glue as you go to create a flower.

5. Stitch or glue on button.

6.  Cut a felt circle to cover the stitched area. Stitch or glue the felt circle in place.

7. Stitch or glue clip onto the felt.  If you've used any glue, you'll likely need to use glue for the pin. It's quite difficult to stitch through glue.

Enjoy your new and unique flower.  Please share pictures at our flickr group or by email at squigglytwigsdesigns@yahoo.com.

Donations Requested:  A friend of SquigglyTwigs Designs, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cristina and Daniel, lost their home, it's contents, and their cars in the tornadoes that hit Alabama last week.  The day after the tornado Cristina gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Zoe.  They also have a toddler.  Please scroll down to the previous post to read how you can help.  Thanks!

Happy Sewing!

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