Saturday, July 28, 2012

Coiled Fabric Flowers Tutorial

Greetings, Stampers! As promised, I have a tutorial to share with you today. I'm going to show you how to make Coiled Fabric Flowers using a new product, Stampin' Up! Jumbo Sticky Rounds. Coiled Fabric Flowers are all the rage now, but they are generally made using a hot glue gun or other messy adhesive. These are so easy, you're going to love them! I have to warn you, though, they are quite addictive. You'll want to make lots!

For the first flower, I'm going to show you how to make a Shabby Chic style flower with frayed edges. Start with a torn strip of fabric about 1" wide. I'm using Stampin' Up Flirtatious Fabric which comes packaged in three extra wide fat quarters, 27" x 18", in three coordinated designs. I tore along the long edge, so I have a strip of fabric about 1" x 27".

Fold the fabric in half, and tie a knot at one end. Trim the fabric close to the knot.

The Jumbo Sticky Rounds come packaged in two sheets of 6 for a total of 12, each 2 1/2" in diameter. Cut one Sticky Round from the sheet before starting your flower, as it is easier to work with.

Peel the clear liner from the Sticky Round, revealing the adhesive. Place the knotted end of your fabric in the center of the round.

Start twisting and wrapping your fabric, pressing down as you go along. Be sure to keep each round snug against the other, so you won't see the backing.

Continue to twist and press until you have a flower the size you like. Don't worry about how much Sticky Round is showing because we are going to trim that later.

Here is my completed flower. Notice how plenty of the frayed edge is showing which adds to the vintage look.

The final step is to trim the sticky round, carefully, just inside the edge of the flower. Don't use your fabric scissors! I used my Stampin' Up Craft & Rubber Scissors. The scissors will get sticky, but not to worry. The gummy residue is easily removed using Goo Gone or another similar adhesive removal product. 

Now your flower is done. You can use it as is if you intend to adhere it to a card or other paper craft project. Just peel the red liner off the opposite side. Adhere the lose end of fabric to  the back before attaching it to your project.

If you intend to use your flowers to make pins, hair clips or head bands as I did, you'll want to adhere the other layer of adhesive to fabric or felt. I used felt, and then trimmed it before adding a pin.

You can attach your pin or clip using hot glue, if you like, but I sewed mine on with just a few stitches.

Now. if you prefer a flower without the frayed edges, start with a slightly wider strip of fabric, about 1 1/2" wide.

Fold both edges to the center, as shown, and then fold in half. You don't have to iron this and it doesn't have to be perfect. All you're trying to do here is cover the raw edges.

As with the other flower, make a knot and press the knot into the center of the Sticky Round. 

Once again, twist, wrap and press the fabric to the Sticky Round, until your flower is complete.

For the last flower, I used 7/8" Cotton Ribbon for my flower. This was the easiest of all, as there is no cutting or ripping, and you can make the flower as large as you like.

Stampin' Up Jumbo Sticky Rounds and 7/8" Cotton Ribbon will be available on August 1, in just a few short days, in the 2012 Holiday Catalog.

Click here to get to yesterday's post, where you can see some completed projects using the Coiled Fabric Flowers.

Click here to request a catalog or to shop Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, please leave a comment! Thanks for visiting!



Linda said...

Thanks so much - fabulous tutorial. I haven't purchased any of the fabric yet, but after seeing your lovely flowers, that fabric goes right to the top of my wish list (with those clever little sticky rounds).

Thanks for the inspiration!!

Dena said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you for showing us with pictures on how to do this!!! I appreciate it! Great job!!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Excellent tutorial Sandy! Thanks for showing us all how the new sticky rounds work.