How to Sew a Flower from Fat Quarters

How to Sew a Flower from a Fat Quarter #Sewing #FatQuarters

How to Sew a Flower from a Fat Quarter #Sewing #FatQuarters

I often find that I’ve got lots of fabric scraps leftover after making a project that aren’t quite big enough to do anything else with, but some are just so pretty I can’t bring myself to throw them away.

This tutorial by Kate Haxell shows how you can turn your fabric into something equally as beautiful. If you’ve not got any scraps of fabric lying around the house fat quarters come in all different patterns, colours and weights so you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to picking your fabric!

Text and imagery courtesy of Twenty to Make Fabric Flowers by Kate Haxell published by Search Press

 

 

 

 

Craft Essentials How To Make

How to Sew a Flower from a Fat Quarter #Sewing #FatQuarters

Top Tip!…..You need a fine, lightweight cotton for these flowers. If it is too thick, it will be impossible to gather the flower up tightly enough.

  1. Using the compasses, draw a 14 centimetres (5½ inches) diameter circle on the card. Cut this out to make a template. Use the template and fabric marker to draw a circle on each of the five pieces of fabric. Cut out the circles.
  2. Fold each circle in half and press, then fold each into quarters and press again. Arrange the quarters in a circle in the order you want the petals to be.
  3. Using the hand-sewing needle and doubled thread, work a line of running stitch along the curved edge of one folded circle. Pull the stitches up as tightly as possible to form a petal shape. Make a small securing stitch through the edge of the petal to hold the gathers in place.
  4. Without cutting the thread, repeat step three with the next circle of fabric so that you have two petals strung together. Continue in this way until all five petals are gathered up together in a strip. Sew the two ends of the strip together to form the flower.
  5. Make straight stitches across the hole in the centre of the flower and pull them up tightly to close the hole as much as possible. Make the stitches in every direction and pull them up evenly to keep the flower shape circular.
  6. Stack the decorative button on top of the flat button and sew them to the centre of the flower. When making the last stitch through the buttons, bring the needle up through one hole, thread on three beads, then take the needle down through the other hole.
  7. Add the required finding to the back of the flower.

Pink and Peachy

For a simpler look, make the same flower from a single fabric and use a large self-cover button, covered in the same fabric, for the centre.

 

How to Sew a Flower from a Fat Quarter #Sewing #FatQuarters