One of the things I was known for before I began blogging was the adorable fashion hair accessories I used to create for my daughter and sell on Etsy. I only do that part time and only sell when I have extra stock on hand. But I still love doing it and wanted to share with you some of the tricks of the trade! Today I’m sharing my fabric flower tutorial; making a chic shabby posy type flower hair clip! This fabric flower tutorial can be used as a hair accessory, brooch, or a pin to add to a bag, coat or even paper crafts! And it’s quite easy! Today’s fabric flower tutorial is a special St. Patrick’s Day edition, featuring fabric for the popular March holiday!
Fabric Flower tutorial supplies!
To begin you will need a selection of your ideal fabric. You can have all one fabric, or you can mix and match different fabrics. Today I’m using three different green St. Patrick’s day fabrics. We will be cutting these up into different sizes, but for the most part you will need
- 6 squares of fabric
- Flower template
- Spool of thread
- Cover Button tools set
- Backing of choice- lined hair clip or brooch button, etc.
Let’s begin our Fabric Flower tutorial!
I absolutely love this fabric flower tutorial, because it allows you to make stunning Shabby Chic fashion accessories very easily! I love how easy it is to make! The hardest part is simply cutting out the fabric. That’s what takes the longest for me. Well, no. Actually it’s actually picking out fabrics. I could stand in the fabric section for hours trying to decide which fabrics to get.
I also love that these shabby chic fabric posy flowers are great for using up scraps of fabric. If you sew and have left over scraps you can make these to match any outfit you sew! So let’s begin.
You can make these shabby chic posy flowers in many different sizes, but I love the 3-4″ style so that’s what I’ll be showing you today.
Cut out 6 squares of fabric in your choice. I will be using a variety of three different fabrics. You want to cut them in 4X4 inch squares. Don’t worry about extra scraps, you will be using them for the button covers.
Then you will be using your fabric template for the flower cut out. I use the Clover Flower Frill templates I got at our local craft store; Porters. But you can also get them from Amazon. I usually use the Medium size, it allows you to make both 3″ and 4″ flowers. But they also have a large for 5-6″ flowers and a small for 2-2.5″ flowers. I have all three sets. Definitely useful and saves me a lot of time cutting out fabric with this method!
You simply fold the square in half, and fold the template over it as well. Then follow the dotted line marks on the template and keep folding. Always making sure the fabric stays tight against the creases and even. Then simply cut slightly above the curve of the template and trim off the excess fabric. Be careful not to cut the template.
Then unfold and withdraw the fabric and continue cutting your squares until you have 6 cut out flower fabrics. You can mix and match patterns all you want. I did two of each of my three fabrics.
Compiling our Fabric Flowers
There are multiple ways you can fold and lay the fabric flower cutouts when building your shabby Chic fabric posy. It all depends on how fluffy you want it and on the texture of the fabric. First, you can simply start with two cut outs and lay them flat.
Then simply fold the remaining cut outs in half, with the pattern on the outside. Then layer them as you would fold a cardboard box; overlapping them with one end under and the other on top of the next layer.
Then hand stitch in the center to connect each petal to the base petals. Tie off, trim thread and you are ready for the center embellishment and attaching to the hair clip or brooch pin!
The second way to layer, is simply fold the petals in half. Then fold in half again. This will leave you with a heart shape petal. This is also one less fold over from when you were cutting the pattern out. So that might help you picture how it should be folded.
Center the tip of the heart in the center of the base petals. Then hand stitch a very simple up/down stitch, connecting each end of one petal to the next. It doesn’t take much. You can use matching thread, or any thread really. You want to keep the stitching as close to the center as possible. This will make it really simple to cover up the stitching with the embellishments. It will also allow your flower petals to fluff more and have more dimension.
After you stitch the petals onto the base petals, it is now time to create the fabric button. Don’t worry, the cover button tools pack shown in the Fabric Flower tutorial supply picture, gives step by step instructions on how to cover the button with the fabric. Once you have one ready; you are ready to sew it onto the center of the fabric flower! You sew it on just like any other button. Really easy hand stitching. I would however recommend using two layers of fabric if your fabric is light, as wear can sometimes make it to where you can see through the fabric to the silver bottom underneath. But it all just depends on the fabric.
The second folding method is the one I use most often. Simply because it is easy and quick. But sometimes I want more fluff to my petals. And sometimes the fabric just won’t lay right and is too thin for my liking. So then I turn to the third method of folding the petals.
You fold the petals in half just like the other methods. But now with the crescent shape, you take the edges and fold them inside, as though you are tucking the tip up under the center “heart shape” of the petal. Hopefully my photos can help explain this better than I am describing it.
You don’t end up with a perfect tip in the center like the other methods, but it still works well, lining them up together. This method I have to stitch each petal on, one at a time, instead of folding them all and then doing all the stitching at once. Simply because they don’t stay folded! So I fold one up, place it onto the base, and hold it put while I quickly stitch the one corner. Then I work around in a circle, fold the next petal, place it one, and stitch it in place, add the next petal and stitch. Then by the time I’m around to the beginning you have to refold in the half of the first petal in order to finish off the last petal stitch.
But this method gives a bit more dimension and fluff to the petals when you have a more flimsy fabric that doesn’t like to give a 3 D effect. Again, once all the petals are stitched into place, add another fabric covered button in the center covering the stitching. Tie off and trim excess thread!
Finishing Touches of the Fabric Flower tutorial
With your fabric flowers completed, you can choose to attach them to a lined hair clip or brooch pin. A brooch pin allows you to wear them on a shirt, or attach it to a purse, diaper bag or other decor. You can also attach them to paper crafts!
Want something a little more your style? You can change up the centers! You don’t have to use the fabric covered buttons! I went to Walmart and found their festive St Patrick’s day earrings and charms! Trimmed up the wires a bit and adding a little silk flower, adding new centers for diversity! Really, you can be as creative as you want. That’s what makes them so much fun. Once you have the basic pattern for the flower base, you can jazz up the Shabby Chic Fabric posy to fit your personal style.
You can also change up the fabrics and end up with a completely unique looking Shabby chic fabric posy.
Ok, so what if you don’t want to make it yourself? No problem. Sometimes I make up a few extras. Just keep on eye on my Etsy store. Anything I make in excess I will list for sale in JadeLouise Designs’ Etsy Store!
So tell me, would you wear one of these Shabby Chic Fabric Posies?
Or would you make/buy one for your daughter only?
Do you have any questions about our Fabric flower tutorial?
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