Monday, May 4, 2009

Flower embellishment tutorial

What you will need:
Something to embellish, I chose a tank top.
fabric
thread
buttons
rotary cutter, mat and ruler
sewing machine

When I do a shirt, I usually put three flowers on it, you could do as many or as little as you want, I like groups in odd numbers, I think it looks better.
First step: cut out three strips of fabric that are 10 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide (when I have embellished shirts for my girls, I make them about 1o inches long and 1 inch wide)


Step 2: If you need to, iron your pieces. Then fold back on itself into a circle shape.


When I get to the end, I fold it under.

Then I take it to my ironing board and iron it flat.


I think this just makes it easier to sew it down. I do all three flowers to this point.


Then I figure out where I want the flowers to be placed and I sew them down. I start where the two ends meet and usually in a star shape. Really you could sew them down however you want, you could even hand stitch them down.
Sorry some of my pictures have weird lighting, a couple of them were at night.


Here they are almost done!


The last step is to sew the buttons on! And now you have a cute flower shirt or whatever you want to embellish! I've used these on dresses, bags, and shirts.
Have Fun! I hope this made sense :)

13 comments:

elizabeth said...

perfect! easy beans! these would be great to embellish some Mother's day projects! Thanks!

Cari said...

Yay! I have been anxiously awaiting this tutorial. I love these flowers. Thanks for sharing the goodness!!

dana said...

Cute! Fun idea! Thanks for sharing the details.

Kathryn said...

Unique technique and awesome tutorial. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing this with us!

michellejohnnie said...

I love how you sewed a star on it! Super cute. I'm linking at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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von Hand zu Hand said...

i love his idea.
thanks for the tutorial.

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I like the way you flattened the flower with the iron and then stitched the star on, much nicer for bags and stuff where it doesn't stick out so much and get knocked about! Thank you.

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