Thursday, December 9, 2010

Free Tutorial - Fabric Scrap Rosettes

OK. I'm finally sitting down to write up a tutorial on fabric rosettes. It would be SO much better if I could share this with you on video but I don't think my personal video equipment is up to snuff, so a picture-heavy tutorial is the best I can do for now.

The thing is, there really isn't a right or wrong way to do this and honestly, it just takes some playing around and practicing. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions. I'm working on a list of all of the fun things you can embellish with rosettes. Would love to hear your ideas too or see pics of your finished projects. Here are just a few ideas. More to come.

Fabric Scrap Rosettes

Supplies Needed:
  • One strip of fabric cut 2" wide and 8" long. (Adjust length based on the desired size of your finished rosette. The longer your strip, the larger the rose)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron for pressing fabric

Start by cutting your fabric strip.

Now press each end toward the wrong side of the fabric about an 1/8 of an inch.

The object is to enclose all of the raw edges. Fold your strip in half (wrong side in) and press.

Now open and press each long end toward the center (like you would if you were making double-fold bias tape).

Now take your glue gun and run a very small strip of glue down the middle and finger press your strip together.

So we're just going to start rolling and folding this strip. You'll start with a small bead of glue on one end as shown.

Fold over about 1/4 of an inch.

While holding your rose bud, start by making one fold in a downward motion. Then fold up. You'll just repeat this process, using small beads of glue every or every other fold as you go all the way around.

When you get to the end, just place a small bit of glue on the end and fold down under the rosette.

Hold for a moment.

And that's it!

This is such a tough process to explain. Just give it a try. I think you'll get the hang of it as you go.


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