First can I say, thank YOU to all the peeps out there who post tutorials, as having to organize myself, has brought new levels of appreciation for all the past masters, and highlights my slack nature, hence a tutorial for veryeasy-peasy fabric flowers. I love the felt flowers but didn't have any felt on hand. I 'conceptualized' this on a whim when I quickly needed something to tie together a skirt and top combo I was a bit unsure of. I received some complements, made some more, and voila, the birth of the lazy girls flower corsage. Please let me know if you have any questions, tho why I've taken so bloody long to post, in one I can't reasonably answer!
Here's a quick-like tutorial, not that any of you all will require, and it shall unveil how very rudimentary my skills are!
Firstly grab yourself a strip or two of fabric, anything will do, and a heavy-dutier type needle strung with a matching thread :
(You might want to sew close to any fraying ends to prevent total string meltdown, but this is the lazy girl way, so it's up to how ambitious you're feelin')
I'm an old hand at these, so I gasp! used two pieces of fabric. Start by pinching the strip in one hand while pleating the fabric toward the stabalizing hand:
Continue to make pleats (and I'm talking really loose, bunched up pleats- just sort of wadding it together works too- it's all about the end product in my case):
Then when your fingers are full of pleats, take that threaded needle and work it through all the layers. Don't worry if you don't catch each every pleat as you can always patch it up later:
Basically you just keep repeating the steps above, fold, pleat, sew through the layers, coming out through the back and through the front- don't worry about keeping the threads neat- you'll be covering all that mess later, my friend. Here's a side view of my layers. Work in a circular, flower-like fashion, it should vaguely start to resemble a corsage of some sort.
I decided to add another strip of red to my flower, to fill it out a bit, just start folding it into place right where you left off, attaching it with your thread. When you get the circumference you desire, thread from the backside to the frontside several times, catching all those loose pleats and stabalizing your flowe. I decided to carefully snip a few slits in my petals to make them more petal-liker:
Now comes the fun part- creating your stamen. I'm the proud parent of a badg machine so I let those little doo-dahs work their magic here, often using a flower print, just to ensure passerbyers realise what I'm wearing. Anything can work- buttons, more fabric, badges, what have you:
I would never want to be judged by what the backside ends up looking like but nothing a little patch of fabric or proper bit of foam and penback can't hide (tho if you're truly lazy, like me, this would never happen and you'd already have a safetypin through that sucker and on your top by now): :
Flower power, wear with petal pride!: