Sunday, 27 June 2010

Felt rose tutorial


Following interest from Tasia and Lily, I decided to post a tutorial on making felt roses, which helped to distract me from the major fitting issues I'm having with Vogue 5510!

To make these lovely accessories, you will need some felt or some pre-shrunk wool (I used an old jumper that I washed at a really high temperature). You can use other fabrics too, although many of them are prone to fraying.

Step 1: Cut out 7 circles of fabric, approximately 7cm in diameter.


Step 2: Cut each circle in half, to make 14 semi-circles. Using a gathering stitch, sew half way along the straight edge of one petal. Then overlap the next petal and stitch through both layers until you are half-way along the next petal. Carry on until you've used all petals and stitch right to the end of the last petal.


Step 3: You should end up with all your petals layered on one piece of thread. Slightly gather the petals.


Step 4: Starting at one end of the string of petals, gently roll the fabric up. Take care at this stage to make sure that the stitched edges remain close together and that the middle of the rose doesn't start to spiral out of the top.


Step 5: Gently hold the rose upside down so you can see the stitched  edges. You now want to stitch from the outside of the rose to the middle and then back out again. Continue doing this all the way around (it's a bit like sewing spokes in a wheel).



Step 6: VOILA! You are now the proud owner of a beautiful felt rose! Obviously you can now sew a safety pin to the bottom so that you can pin it onto anything and everything that takes your fancy ;o)



I hope people find this helpful, but do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Good luck!

29 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love the look of fabric flowers, especially this soft and cozy wool one. Looks easy to follow, too! Thanks again :)

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  2. Thanks for posting this tut. I really like the look of these!

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  3. Beautifully done! Very pretty. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

    :-)

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  4. This is fab, thank you for sharing, will definitely have a go at this one.

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  5. I expect to see all of your roses soon then ;o)

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  6. I look forward to trying this! Thank you for sharing this easy-to-follow tutorial. I hope to post pics of my successful results soon. :)

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  7. Oh yay, please do share!

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  8. I will try these with quilter's cotton, lightly stiffening it with iron-on fusing...will post a picture if it works :-)

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  9. excellent, please do let us know how you got on!

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  10. Wonderful pattern/tut, thank you! I made a rose using craft felt and it turned out fantastic. I will definitely keep this bookmarked for future use. :)

    <3,

    M

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  11. Wow, that's excellent Mandy...glad that the 'tutorial' has been effective. It'd love to see a picture if you took any?

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  13. Hi Marie, just found your tutorial via Tilly on the Crafty Christmas Club blog. I LOVE the felt rose brooch and am just about to start making one! Thanks for a great tutorial. Jane x
    http://handmadejane.blogspot.com/

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  14. Oh excellent! Can't wait to see how yours turn out Jane...do post some pictures!

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  15. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.
    Beautifully

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  16. I LOVE IT!!!

    Can't wait to make one. Thanks for posting it!!

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  17. O.K. I tried to make mine, but it's way too tight. Your's looks so open and airy. What am I doing wrong?? I'm using felt, that may be it.

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  18. I love this tutorial! Thank you so much for teaching me how to do this! Come by my blog @
    http://jenn-theaccidentalartist.blogspot.com and look all the way down on my first blog post dated 3/20/11 "Where it all started..."

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  19. Thanks everyone!

    Anonymous, when you get to the gathering stage, maybe you are gathering too much fabric. Try to gather it a bit less and see if that helps - if you look at my pictures my gathers are fairly loose!

    Jenn, thanks so much for sharing this with me! Your Valentine's Day wreath is absolutely stunning and I'm humbled that you used my tutorial to create it!

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  20. Finally! A felt rose that looks like an actual rose! Gorgeous.

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  21. this looks fab :) I've got a dress this would look good on so defo gona give it a go! thanks for sharing x

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  22. Hello, just wanted to thank you for your tutorial. I've pinned it on Pinterest so that I don't lose it - hope you don't mind.
    thanks again
    Lorna

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  23. Thanks Lorna, really appreciate it! I think you've generated a lot of traffic to my blog and this post in particular!

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  24. I love these bows. I posted a link on my blog for your tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

    http://whitneysartspot.blogspot.com/

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  25. thanks for sharing! i enjoyed making this :)

    here's how mine came out:
    http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/486206_4635718644246_1820182041_n.jpg

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