More Flowers!!

Honestly, I can’t seem to stop making flowers. I have a basket full of them and nowhere to place them. Still, that doesn’t stop me. Giving up sweets for Lent has made me compensate in making sweet flowers, I guess. So have another tutorial on making some easy velvet roses.

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You will need:

  • Strips of stretch velvet about 3″ by 30″
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue (not pictured)
  • Felt scraps (not pictured, optional)

Take a strip of velvet, and fold it in half length-wise. Using a threaded needle, begin sewing a gather stitch at the fold, in a 45* angle towards the top where the edges meet. Once you do that, trim the velvet “triangle” off. This will make the next step neater.

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Super close-up on a crappy phone camera, but you get the idea. Next, keep doing a gather stitch on the open edge. It doesn’t have to be perfect, since you will be gathering the material by pulling the thread.

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As you pull, try to keep the sewn edge “uncurled”. That way it will turn on itself, helping to form the “petals”. Keep sewing and gathering until you come near the end, then sew down a 45* angle to the fold, trimming the excess “triangle” off. Tie a knot on the thread and trim.

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Now, starting at a gathered end, begin to twist around and around, as featured above. I used a hot glue gun to glue a bit as I went around, so the flower didn’t come undone before the next step. After you have completely gathered the ruffles and adhered the end, cut a piece of felt to fit the bottom, and glue on.

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Now, turn it over and fluff the edges, and you have a very pretty rose!

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You can leave it as is, or glue on a button in the center for added dimension. I made some from shorter, thinner strips as well for my Valentine’s Day wreath.

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I’m thinking of making enough to glue on a styrofoam ball for a centerpiece. Or a Christmas kissing ball. That would be rather pretty.

Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

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