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161  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial on: February 06, 2005 06:58:15 PM
You are all vey welcome and thank you for all your nice comments.  I am glad so many people are trying out my instructions!  I was worried they would be hard to follow but so far, I have seen nothing but great flowers! No sad, flowerless crafters crying in frustation at my lack of ability to exlain clearly. 
162  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial on: February 05, 2005 08:58:09 PM
EDIT 9/2/08-So sorry that pictures have disappeared from this post.  Sadly they were lost when we switched ISPs.  BUT you can view this tutorial and all of its pictures at Instructables!

I know many people have been wanting a tutorial for fabric flowers.  I  posted this in the craftgrrl community on LJ, but since some people don't frequent LJ, I thought I'd post it here as well.  If you're seeing this for the second time and are getting annoyed, I'm sorry.  I don't mean to annoy, just help out fellow crafters.  Enjoy!

This is my very first tutorial so I just want to say if you have any questions or if you have a better way of explaining something, please let me know because I found out these things are hard and I commend the people who can explain things clearly!  A lot of this is very origami-like, so if you have experience, you are one step ahead, but anyone can make these.  These pins are very much like the kanzashi pins I have seen recently.  I have no idea if this is actually how to make them, this is just the way I made up to make something similar.

Fabric remnant
Matching thread
Decorative button or earring for center
Glue gun and glue sticks
Pin back or hair clip

1. Cut your fabric into squares.  The size of the square determines the size of your flower.  You can use all the same size or different sizes in the same flower.  I chose to use 3 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inch squares and alternated them in my flower for variety.

2. (There are a couple of ways to get to step 5, this is just the way I do it.  I will try to explain a second way as well.**)  Fold a square in half diagonally, right side facing out.  

3.  Fold it again diagonally in half.

4.  Holding it in your left hand with the side made of two folded edges up, push the corner of the other side up between the two wings and fold to create an even smaller triangle.  

5.  You should have a triangle with raw edges on one side, two folded edges on another side and three folded edges on the last side.  With the three folded edges up, we need to fold the outer wings up so that their edges are flush with the others.

 6.  Sew through all layers at the raw edge end.  When I say sew, I mean just stick the needle in and pull it out the other side, do not actually make any stitches.

7.  Cut the excess raw edge off of the longer flaps.  They will just get in your way later when assembling more petals.

8.  Continue on to the next petal, stacking them up and cutting off the ends.  Then the hard part is over and it wasn't even that hard.  You will notice that the petals have an A side and a B side.  Either side can be the good side, it gives you options.  But unless having two different looking petals as your plan, make sure when stringing them together that they are all the same side up.  

9.  This flower took 7 small and 7 large petals.  You can use as many as you like.  When you have enough petals strung together, just tie off your thread.    I like to make a glob of hot glue and dab it into the center of the back, this gives the flower more stability and it will keep its shape.  Then on top of this glob, I place my pin back or hair clip.

10.  Then put something cute on the center front to disguise the hole.  Get creative!  Buttons, old clip-on earrings with the backs removed, appliqus and felt shapes are some ideas to get you started.  Anything you can hot glue or sew on will do nicely.  

**Alternative folding technique:  Fold in half diagonally, but fold the points of the longest side down to meet the other point.  Then just fold the resulting square in half in between the two triangles you just created.   http://library.thinkquest.org/27152/towns/oriville/oriver/practice/02.htm Follow  steps 1 and 2 from this origami instruction, then fold in half so that triangular flaps are on the outside.

***Bonus Tips***(added 5-29-05)
1.  When stringing your petals, you use the same technique as stinging popcorn for  garland.  Don't tie off between each one, this will lead to mess and is just too much work when it can be done so much more easily.  When you have the right amount strung on the thread, you can bring the two ends of the thread together, arrange your petals and tie the two ends together, but not too tightly lest the flower shrivel up and go wonky.  And leave a hole in the middle, which leads to tip #2.

2. Yes, there will be a hole.  It is ok.  This allows your flower to be more circular and regular-looking.  We deal with the hole in this manner: Fill with hot-glue blob, cover pretty side with a button, large sequin, felt flower, bottle cap, knocked-out tooth, picture of your dog, a penny, a ribbon rosette, anything.  And put your pin back/hair clip into the back of the glue blob, thus anchoring it securely and safely in the gentle caress of the hot-glue.

Again, just let me know of any questions!  

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