Make Adorable Fabric Flowers with Vanessa

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Hey it’s Vanessa from Crafty Gemini Creates.

And today I’m here with a fun and quick crafty project for you to try out.

We aregoing to be making these really cute little fabric flowers.

I’m going to show you howto put one on a bobby pin like I have here so it can clip into hairstyles.

You can alsoadd them to some fold over elastic and use them on little baby headbands.

And you canuse them for a ton of other different things too.

I sometimes like to use them to embellishthe top of gift wrapping.

If I wrap something up with some fun kind of eco-friendly paperwith stamps and have the kids jump in on it.

It’s a great way to use up your scraps andgive somebody a cute handmade gift.

Now to make the fabric flowers we are going to beworking with our regular quilting cottons.

I have some gorgeous fabrics here that we’reusing.

And then the main product in this game is called Terial Magic.

It’s a product,I call it, it’s kind of like starch to the tenth power, really.

It’s going to stiffenup your fabric really nice and stiff so that you can cut it.

It reduces the fraying onthe edges so you don’t have to worry about the fabric being kind of limp and really drapey.

This helps us get it more kind of like to a paper shape.

Imagine it with stabilize withsomething behind it, except in this case it doesn’t have anything.

So you can spraythis stuff on any starch, on any fabric scraps, excuse me.

Now let me show you the difference.

This isa ten inch by ten inch square from this Blueberry Park fabric that hasn’t had anything sprayedon it.

So you can see how it drapes and it kind of just flops all over the place.

HereI have another square from the same collection that I already sprayed with the Terial Magicand you can, even when I turn it, it’s almost like it’s cardstock.

So if you get yourcreative juices flowing you can probably start to imagine all the different types of thingsthat you can make with stiffened up fabric like this.

Now it’s important to note thatthis stuff washes out.

So this is fun to use for these type of flowers and things thatare not really going to get washed.

If it is going to get washed then you may want tolook at a different option.

But if you’re going to be making three dimensional typeof things that are more for decorative purposes, you’re going to want to use this TerialMagic.

Now aside from that we’re also going to be using my fabric non-toxic water-basedcraft glue.

And this is called The Ultimate.

Remember we always include a link in the descriptionbox below this video on where you can find all the fabrics, the materials and these specialproducts that I used in the tutorials for you.

So let’s set that right there for now.

Let me show you how this works.

So the manufacturer recommends that you soakit really good.

The more of the product that you spray into the fabric, the stiffer it’sgoing to get.

I’m a little bit impatient so I don’t tend to soak it and then letit kind of air dry.

And then they tell you to go back and press it.

What I do, I kindof use it as a starch.

And so I’ll just spritz the fabric a little bit with it.

Kindof fold it in there, kind of press it into the fabric.

And as long as it’s not pooledon top of the fabric, and it’s like really drippy and stuff like that, you should befine to just hit it with your hot and dry iron at this point.

So I’ll starch it likethat, not starch it, but Terial Magic, it’s kind of a stiffer version of a starch, right?Once I see that it’s dry, you can see significantly stiffer already.

The stiffer you want it,the more you spray.

So once I spray a little bit, hit it with the iron and it dries, isif I want it a little stiffer just go back, spritz it again.

And then hit it again withthe iron.

Just make sure you don’t have any of the product just pooled on top becausethen it will stick to your iron.

And dry it again, ok? And so that’s the way that Iprefer to use it because when I’m using it for quickie craft projects like this Ijust want to get it done and move onto my project, alright? So you’re going to preparewhatever fabric pieces you’re using.

This little five inch square comes from a collectionI’m using called Transformation by Contempo.

And I like it because it has really brightcolors and they work out really well for doing a variety of flowers, ok? So you can use themwith the five inch squares or the ten inch squares.

I’m going to show you a few differentways to do it.

I’ll start off with the five inch square.

Again a great scrap buster.

Soif you have any little orphan squares around this is a great way to use them up.

I’m going to split this square.

It measuresfive inches.

And I’m going to split it at 2 ½ inches, so right down the middle.

Nowwe have two strips that measure 2 ½ inches by five.

Now because this square is a littlebit smaller, you’re going to create the flower but you’re going to make it in twohalves.

So this is half of the charm, the little five inch square.

You see how I didthat? I’m going to show you how to cut it out and then how to put it together and ruffleit up so you get kind of those petals created.

So here is how it works.

And I’m going todo it on this one so you can see the other half of it.

You’re going to take it, lay it verticallyin front of you, fold it in half, fold it in half again.

And there’s no actual templatepiece.

You can just wing it.

Remember there’s no two flowers that are the same.

So feelconfident enough to go in there.

Now let me show you where I’m going to cut.

Up fromthis bottom edge about half of an inch, I’m going to start.

I’m going to cut in herea curve and I’m going to cut off the end again about half of an inch there.

So maybeit will help if I draw it out.

Because I know sometimes people don’t feel comfortablecutting into the fabric, just to eyeball it but trust me you won’t mess it up.

Somethinglike that, ok? So we come in here, cut right through all the layers.

Now it’s important,don’t cut all the way through because this is the look you want to get.

When we openit up, here we have our four petals.

Now let’s gather them up.

You can see it’s the samething but now they start to cup in and cup around in the shape of a flower because we’vegathered them.

So let’s head over to the sewing machine.

Down here at the bottom edgewe’re going to use a basting stitch which is a basic straight stitch but at the longeststitch length that your machine does.

So on this one, I think it goes up to five millimeters.

I’ll set it to that.

We’re going to start off with a long tail.

I’ll show you how to do it.

So I’m going to start off with a tail here and actuallyI’m going to stitch through a sample piece of fabric so that I can bring up that bobbinthread and give myself a tail.

Alright, so you want to start off with a tail of both,your top thread and your bobbin thread.

You see how I have that there.

I’m going toset this to a basting stitch.

So there we go, five millimeters is the highest it goes.

And I’m just stitching at about a quarter of an inch up from the bottom edge.

You don’twant to backstitch at all and you don’t want to cut your threads close.

There’smy last stitch.

I’m going to just put the needle up and I’m going to pull it out sothat I give myself a tail on that end as well.

So let’s head over here.

Here’s what we have.

We have long tailson both ends.

You want to reach down and grab the bobbin thread.

And I’m using, it’simportant to note too the type of thread that I’m using here.

This is a 40 weight cotton.

The thinner the thread that you use, the more likely it will break off of just one bastingline like this.

But here’s what I find.

If I just hold onto the thread and I scootthe fabric over the thread, I have less likelihood to break the thread.

If you pull on the threadyou’re probably going to break it because remember the fabric has now been stiffenedand it’s going to be a little bit tougher to pull that thread and those stitches rightthrough it.

I’ll do about halfway so that I don’t stress that thread.

I’ll cometo the other side and do the other half, ok? And just scoot it, be careful with it.

Ifyou pull it, it’s not the end of the world.

Just pull all the thread out and redo it.

You can see how nicely that looks.

It’s all cupped over.

I don’t cut or tie or doanything with these threads yet.

What I do is I’ll come here, layer these two guystogether, ok? And you can cut them a little bit probably just so you all can see a littlebit better.

And we’ll cut those threads off later.

But I’m going to layer it likethat.

To do it, you’re going to add a little dabof the crafter’s glue.

This stuff is amazing to stitch fabric on fabric, ok? So just alittle bit.

And you actually don’t even need that much.

That’s just what came outof the nozzle there.

But you can see, sometimes what I do is just bring a little glue to thesurface and just tap it just like that.

You really don’t need much at all.

And you canjust hold it in place for a few seconds.

And there you go.

And then what I do is generallylayer up these, these petals.

So let me show you how to do one.

Remember that we did thisone out of the five inch square.

Cut up another one, you can layer them up on top of eachother.

What I like to do with the ten inch squaresthough is cut longer strips so I get larger petals and more in one round.

So let me showyou how to do that.

I will take the ten inch square that’s already been stiffened upwith the Terial Magic and cut it at 2 ½ inches.

Cut a 2 ½ inch by ten inch strip right offof here.

We’ll do the same thing to cut out those little humps of the petals, ok?So fold it in half.

Fold it in half again and I’ll fold it in half one more time.

And again, free hand cut.

Ok, and you can see how many you end up with here, ok? Soagain do your basting line here and you’re going to gather this here.

And this becauseit’s so many more, it’s going to gather up into one this big.

So instead of havingto put together those two halves, we now have the full ten inch strip gathered up.

So herea little dab of glue.

And just stick it right into place.


So once you have some of these, you can seehow I start to layer them up.

What I tend to do, and I’ll probably show you with thisone, is you just want to have a little foundation for the flowers to sit on because they allhave a hole in the middle, ok? So get some, another little scrap piece of fabric, ok.

I like to put it so that the pretty side of the fabric is facing out so that when I lookat it I see something prettier than just the back side of the fabric.

But you can do iteither way.

Again, the glue, just a little, you don’t need much at all.

And lay it righton top, ok? And then you would take your other one, where is it? Here it is.

This one, Ionly folded it twice.

So let me show you that.

We cut another strip.

And once, this is anotherlittle note, something that I tend to do.

We cut the 2 ½ inch strip for the bottomone, I like to make the ones that I layer on top a little bit smaller.

So the widthof the strip you can adjust it.

The next one can be 1 ¾ wide.

And that’s just goingto give you a little bit smaller petals.

So, I mean this is such a crafty project, youcan customize it any way.

You can get super creative and make all different types of flowers.

But I thought I’d just show you all a simple way to do it.

Now if we fold it in half andfold it in half again, you can see that the ones that you’re going to get are goingto be a different shape because it’s not quite as small as if we refolded again.

Sothat’s kind of how you get these bigger ones, ok? So just play around with the differentsize petals that you want to get.

Layer them up.

I put the backing piece here so it hasa foundation to sit on.

I would glue here, stick the next one on top, alright? And thenfor the center, you can see it still has a hole.

You can do whatever you want to coverit up.

If you have a really large button that you want to stitch there.

I usually will justcut another little scrap piece and stick it there on top, the same that we did on thebottom.

And actually at this point let me show you how to add it to a bobby pin, soyou can make a little hair clip just like the one that I have here to slip on into anyhairdo.

For kids, adults, anything.

I think this really is a cute way to do it.

So I have a little piece cut out here fromthe same coordinating fabric that’s been hit with the Terial Magic.

I’m just goingto cut out a little circle or oval, whatever you want.

I just need something that’s goingto go over the bobby pin and glue down onto the other fabric.

Now the Terial Magic does,I mean, not the Terial Magic, the glue, the Ultimate Crafter’s Glue does glue fabricto fabric, fabric to plastic and even to metal so I’m going to use it here to attach itto everything, the metal and the fabric piece.

So I’m going to put some glue right here.

Let you guys see it a little better.

Lay your bobby pin where you want it.

I’m going toslip this through the bobby pin, just like that.

Hold it in place.

And what I tend todo is kind of just press on it a little bit, push it all the way in there.

And just pushmy nail on the sides of the bobby pin.

So the glue on that fabric can really stick tothe fabric that is underneath it and hold it in place.

The cure time for this is about24 hours but I find that even in a few hours you can already start to use it because it’sstill attaching the fabric to the fabric.

That’s there.

And then you’re ready touse it as a little hair clip.

So another option is to glue it to some foldover elastic and I’ll show you a really quick way of making this headband.

Measurearound your head or a child’s head.

Cut this to size.

Say 12 inches or so for a littlekid.

All you do is match it up end to end and zig zag stitch right there.

That willkeep it in place.

And right where the zig zag stitch is you would attach your flower.

And you can notice what I did back here, similar to how we did it with the bobby pin.

I wentahead and over on the other side, just in case sometimes little kids will complain aboutthe edge being a little bulky or scratchy, go ahead and add another piece of fabric tothe back side to further secure it in place.

And for the center here you probably noticedthat I have a little twisted little bud in the center.

You can do that with rolling upthe fabric.

You can add a button.

You can embellish these really anyway that you wantto.

And after you give this project a try, remember to take some pictures.

We’d loveto see pictures of your fabric flowers posted to the Crafty Gemini Creates Facebook page.

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