I am so excited about how CUTE these flowers turned out! And they’re so easy!
Jennifer asked me to make a couple of fabric flowers to be used as tie backs for her daughter’s creamy velvet curtains and this is what I came up with. I’m fighting the urge to add them to every pillow, curtain and lampshade in sight!
And did I mention easy? They’re so easy! Here’s all the details and how to’s.
Each flower is made from 3 different fabrics and a simple template.
The 3 fabrics used: a light weight oatmeal colored linen, a cotton sheer floral and white netting (similar to tulle but stiffer).
HOW TO MAKE A FLOWER TEMPLATE/PATTERN
Fold a piece of paper in half diagonally to form a triangle.
Cut off excess.
Fold triangle again into fourths.
Using the folds of the paper as a guide, sketch a flower with four petals.
Fill in with four more petals, making the first 4 petals slightly longer than the 2nd four petals.
Fold triangle back into fourths.
Cut out your flower pattern.
*The last photo shows how I use my first flower pattern as a guide to draw additional sizes.
A suggestion for different sizes. These templates are approximately 4″, 6″ and 8″ in diameter. You can see my initial sketch is pretty rough compared to the final pattern. This is why I cut my pattern from a folded template. You get a much more symmetrical flower.
I used the 8″ template for these fabric flowers.
Pin your pattern to your fabric and cut out your flowers. I cut several layers of flowers at a time. I tend to cut away the outer edges and then go back and cut from between the petals.
Each flower is constructed from 9 pieces of fabric, 3 of each fabrics.
*Layer your flowers, beginning with the netting, on the bottom.
DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
I made several of these flowers and the ones where I used the netting on the bottom turned out much better than the others due to the stiffness of that fabric as a base.
Of course, I didn’t use that flower when taking these tutorial pictures. Hence the warning.
Fold your flower in half.
And then in half again.
Stitch the flower together at the fold.
You may need to pinch or scrunch your flowers just a bit to open up the petals.
You, too, will be so amazed at how CUTE these turn out!
FABRIC FLOWER TIE BACKS
I folded and top stitched the linen to form two fabric strips 1.5″ wide by 25″ long.
I chose to safety pin the flowers onto the tiebacks so Jennifer would have the option of moving the flowers in case she wanted them in a different spot on the tie back once installed.
The flowers could also be sewn or glued to ribbon, cording, jute, etc. to be used as tiebacks.
I sewed little brass rings to the ends of each tieback.
The rings can then be looped over a nail or cup hook to secure the tieback.
SO CUTE and SO EASY!
Now, I didn’t say quick and easy. Easy…yes. Quick…no.
These do take a bit of time but they are so worth it.
Remember my master bedroom lampshade? Now, you can make your own!