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Topic: Making fabric flowers - tutorial addendum: how to make rounded petals.  (Read 168425 times)
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« on: February 07, 2005 09:58:01 AM »

thanks once more to beastbunny for providing that great folded fabric flowers tutorial.  i noticed that there were a bunch of you wondering how the rounded petals are made.
i've come up with a way of doing it, i hope it makes sense.  i can clarify if i've been "jane-ish."

this process uses nearly the same technique as beastbunny's method, there's just one teeny tiny change in the folding direction in step 5:


ok, here we are at beastbunny's step 5.  you should have a triangle with raw edges on one side, two folded edges on one side and three folded edges on the third side.


now open up the fold you just made so you have something that looks like this:


it's basically that first triangle you folded with the two long points folded up to meet at the top point.  now flip this over to the side without the folding on it.

now fold the corners of the "diamond" in to meet at the together at the center of diamond.  this is what it should look like:



with that side of the fabric facing you fold the two halves together like you're closing a book.  when making a pointy petal what would normally be the "right" side is now the "wrong" side.  you'll be able to tell the difference.

now just run your needle and thread through the base of the petal making sure to "catch" all the layers that you just folded...you know, following all the regular steps.  trim the excess fabric off the bottom and you'll have formed a petal like this:



then just sting 'em together and away you go.

here's the pic of the first flower i made while i was still perfecting this technique:



not the best flower i've made, but it's a start.  still cute though!

i hope this helps!


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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2005 02:58:37 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2005 04:18:34 PM »

you and me both...just bought loads of cute fabric. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2005 05:10:42 PM »

Splenderific!!  I love that there are so many ways to vary the flowers and make each one special.  Thank you, Spilly!!  Now it is my turn to thank you!  Too cute flowers!
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2005 05:18:58 PM »

i'm just glad i could help...i knew my background in origami would pay off when it came to folding these.  we should see how many different petal styles we can come up with and compile a list, complete with instructions.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2005 04:25:47 AM »

AHH!!  Smiley  Awesome!  Your tute is great...I have no idea how anyone was going to explain it..  it is definitely fabric oragami of sorts... Your first flower is lovely! Wink  Thanks.

For those of you who aren't sure where spillyjane is refering from... here is beastbunny's tute:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24944.0
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2005 05:17:52 AM »

As usual with Spillyjane. Nice looking flowers. Really cute.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2005 06:01:08 AM »

hee! thanks.  of course, i've just learned the actual *traditional* way of folding rounded petals...ah crap.  i guess my tutorial just shows and alternate folding technique...it still works after all.
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2005 09:24:44 AM »

thanks for tut  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2005 05:08:24 PM »

These will be such a great way to use up all that scrap fabric that I just can't seem to throw out! Thanks!!
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