Make Adorable Fabric Flowers with Vanessa


Hey it’s Vanessa from Crafty Gemini Creates.
And today I’m here with a fun and quick crafty project for you to try out. We are
going to be making these really cute little fabric flowers. I’m going to show you how
to put one on a bobby pin like I have here so it can clip into hairstyles. You can also
add them to some fold over elastic and use them on little baby headbands. And you can
use them for a ton of other different things too. I sometimes like to use them to embellish
the top of gift wrapping. If I wrap something up with some fun kind of eco-friendly paper
with stamps and have the kids jump in on it. It’s a great way to use up your scraps and
give somebody a cute handmade gift. Now to make the fabric flowers we are going to be
working with our regular quilting cottons. I have some gorgeous fabrics here that we’re
using. And then the main product in this game is called Terial Magic. It’s a product,
I call it, it’s kind of like starch to the tenth power, really. It’s going to stiffen
up your fabric really nice and stiff so that you can cut it. It reduces the fraying on
the edges so you don’t have to worry about the fabric being kind of limp and really drapey.
This helps us get it more kind of like to a paper shape. Imagine it with stabilize with
something behind it, except in this case it doesn’t have anything. So you can spray
this stuff on any starch, on any fabric scraps, excuse me. Now let me show you the difference. This is
a ten inch by ten inch square from this Blueberry Park fabric that hasn’t had anything sprayed
on it. So you can see how it drapes and it kind of just flops all over the place. Here
I have another square from the same collection that I already sprayed with the Terial Magic
and you can, even when I turn it, it’s almost like it’s cardstock. So if you get your
creative juices flowing you can probably start to imagine all the different types of things
that you can make with stiffened up fabric like this. Now it’s important to note that
this stuff washes out. So this is fun to use for these type of flowers and things that
are not really going to get washed. If it is going to get washed then you may want to
look at a different option. But if you’re going to be making three dimensional type
of things that are more for decorative purposes, you’re going to want to use this Terial
Magic. Now aside from that we’re also going to be using my fabric non-toxic water-based
craft glue. And this is called The Ultimate. Remember we always include a link in the description
box below this video on where you can find all the fabrics, the materials and these special
products that I used in the tutorials for you. So let’s set that right there for now.
Let me show you how this works. So the manufacturer recommends that you soak
it really good. The more of the product that you spray into the fabric, the stiffer it’s
going to get. I’m a little bit impatient so I don’t tend to soak it and then let
it kind of air dry. And then they tell you to go back and press it. What I do, I kind
of use it as a starch. And so I’ll just spritz the fabric a little bit with it. Kind
of fold it in there, kind of press it into the fabric . And as long as it’s not pooled
on top of the fabric, and it’s like really drippy and stuff like that, you should be
fine to just hit it with your hot and dry iron at this point. So I’ll starch it like
that, not starch it, but Terial Magic, it’s kind of a stiffer version of a starch, right?
Once I see that it’s dry, you can see significantly stiffer already. The stiffer you want it,
the more you spray. So once I spray a little bit, hit it with the iron and it dries, is
if I want it a little stiffer just go back, spritz it again. And then hit it again with
the iron. Just make sure you don’t have any of the product just pooled on top because
then it will stick to your iron. And dry it again, ok? And so that’s the way that I
prefer to use it because when I’m using it for quickie craft projects like this I
just want to get it done and move onto my project, alright? So you’re going to prepare
whatever fabric pieces you’re using. This little five inch square comes from a collection
I’m using called Transformation by Contempo. And I like it because it has really bright
colors and they work out really well for doing a variety of flowers, ok? So you can use them
with the five inch squares or the ten inch squares. I’m going to show you a few different
ways to do it. I’ll start off with the five inch square. Again a great scrap buster. So
if you have any little orphan squares around this is a great way to use them up. I’m going to split this square. It measures
five inches. And I’m going to split it at 2 ½ inches, so right down the middle. Now
we have two strips that measure 2 ½ inches by five. Now because this square is a little
bit smaller, you’re going to create the flower but you’re going to make it in two
halves. So this is half of the charm, the little five inch square. You see how I did
that? I’m going to show you how to cut it out and then how to put it together and ruffle
it up so you get kind of those petals created. So here is how it works. And I’m going to
do it on this one so you can see the other half of it. You’re going to take it, lay it vertically
in front of you, fold it in half, fold it in half again. And there’s no actual template
piece. You can just wing it. Remember there’s no two flowers that are the same. So feel
confident enough to go in there. Now let me show you where I’m going to cut. Up from
this bottom edge about half of an inch, I’m going to start. I’m going to cut in here
a curve and I’m going to cut off the end again about half of an inch there. So maybe
it will help if I draw it out. Because I know sometimes people don’t feel comfortable
cutting into the fabric, just to eyeball it but trust me you won’t mess it up. Something
like that, ok? So we come in here, cut right through all the layers. Now it’s important,
don’t cut all the way through because this is the look you want to get. When we open
it up, here we have our four petals. Now let’s gather them up. You can see it’s the same
thing but now they start to cup in and cup around in the shape of a flower because we’ve
gathered them. So let’s head over to the sewing machine. Down here at the bottom edge
we’re going to use a basting stitch which is a basic straight stitch but at the longest
stitch length that your machine does. So on this one, I think it goes up to five millimeters.
I’ll set it to that . We’re going to start off with a long tail.
I’ll show you how to do it. So I’m going to start off with a tail here and actually
I’m going to stitch through a sample piece of fabric so that I can bring up that bobbin
thread and give myself a tail. Alright, so you want to start off with a tail of both,
your top thread and your bobbin thread. You see how I have that there. I’m going to
set this to a basting stitch. So there we go, five millimeters is the highest it goes.
And I’m just stitching at about a quarter of an inch up from the bottom edge. You don’t
want to backstitch at all and you don’t want to cut your threads close. There’s
my last stitch. I’m going to just put the needle up and I’m going to pull it out so
that I give myself a tail on that end as well. So let’s head over here. Here’s what we have. We have long tails
on both ends. You want to reach down and grab the bobbin thread. And I’m using, it’s
important to note too the type of thread that I’m using here. This is a 40 weight cotton.
The thinner the thread that you use, the more likely it will break off of just one basting
line like this. But here’s what I find. If I just hold onto the thread and I scoot
the fabric over the thread, I have less likelihood to break the thread. If you pull on the thread
you’re probably going to break it because remember the fabric has now been stiffened
and it’s going to be a little bit tougher to pull that thread and those stitches right
through it. I’ll do about halfway so that I don’t stress that thread. I’ll come
to the other side and do the other half, ok? And just scoot it, be careful with it. If
you pull it, it’s not the end of the world. Just pull all the thread out and redo it.
You can see how nicely that looks. It’s all cupped over. I don’t cut or tie or do
anything with these threads yet. What I do is I’ll come here, layer these two guys
together, ok? And you can cut them a little bit probably just so you all can see a little
bit better. And we’ll cut those threads off later. But I’m going to layer it like
that. To do it, you’re going to add a little dab
of the crafter’s glue. This stuff is amazing to stitch fabric on fabric, ok? So just a
little bit. And you actually don’t even need that much. That’s just what came out
of the nozzle there. But you can see, sometimes what I do is just bring a little glue to the
surface and just tap it just like that. You really don’t need much at all. And you can
just hold it in place for a few seconds. And there you go. And then what I do is generally
layer up these, these petals.So let me show you how to do one. Remember that we did this
one out of the five inch square. Cut up another one, you can layer them up on top of each
other. What I like to do with the ten inch squares
though is cut longer strips so I get larger petals and more in one round. So let me show
you how to do that. I will take the ten inch square that’s already been stiffened up
with the Terial Magic and cut it at 2 ½ inches. Cut a 2 ½ inch by ten inch strip right off
of here. We’ll do the same thing to cut out those little humps of the petals, ok?
So fold it in half . Fold it in half again and I’ll fold it in half one more time.
And again, free hand cut. Ok, and you can see how many you end up with here, ok? So
again do your basting line here and you’re going to gather this here. And this because
it’s so many more, it’s going to gather up into one this big. So instead of having
to put together those two halves, we now have the full ten inch strip gathered up. So here
a little dab of glue. And just stick it right into place. Alright. So once you have some of these, you can see
how I start to layer them up. What I tend to do, and I’ll probably show you with this
one, is you just want to have a little foundation for the flowers to sit on because they all
have a hole in the middle, ok? So get some, another little scrap piece of fabric, ok.
I like to put it so that the pretty side of the fabric is facing out so that when I look
at it I see something prettier than just the back side of the fabric. But you can do it
either way. Again, the glue, just a little, you don’t need much at all. And lay it right
on top, ok? And then you would take your other one, where is it? Here it is. This one, I
only folded it twice. So let me show you that. We cut another strip. And once, this is another
little note, something that I tend to do. We cut the 2 ½ inch strip for the bottom
one, I like to make the ones that I layer on top a little bit smaller. So the width
of the strip you can adjust it. The next one can be 1 ¾ wide. And that’s just going
to give you a little bit smaller petals. So, I mean this is such a crafty project, you
can customize it any way. You can get super creative and make all different types of flowers.
But I thought I’d just show you all a simple way to do it. Now if we fold it in half and
fold it in half again, you can see that the ones that you’re going to get are going
to be a different shape because it’s not quite as small as if we refolded again. So
that’s kind of how you get these bigger ones, ok? So just play around with the different
size petals that you want to get. Layer them up. I put the backing piece here so it has
a foundation to sit on. I would glue here, stick the next one on top, alright? And then
for the center, you can see it still has a hole. You can do whatever you want to cover
it up. If you have a really large button that you want to stitch there. I usually will just
cut another little scrap piece and stick it there on top, the same that we did on the
bottom. And actually at this point let me show you how to add it to a bobby pin, so
you can make a little hair clip just like the one that I have here to slip on into any
hairdo. For kids, adults, anything. I think this really is a cute way to do it. So I have a little piece cut out here from
the same coordinating fabric that’s been hit with the Terial Magic. I’m just going
to cut out a little circle or oval, whatever you want. I just need something that’s going
to go over the bobby pin and glue down onto the other fabric. Now the Terial Magic does,
I mean, not the Terial Magic, the glue, the Ultimate Crafter’s Glue does glue fabric
to fabric, fabric to plastic and even to metal so I’m going to use it here to attach it
to everything, the metal and the fabric piece. So I’m going to put some glue right here.
Let you guys see it a little better. Lay your bobby pin where you want it. I’m going to
slip this through the bobby pin, just like that. Hold it in place. And what I tend to
do is kind of just press on it a little bit, push it all the way in there. And just push
my nail on the sides of the bobby pin. So the glue on that fabric can really stick to
the fabric that is underneath it and hold it in place. The cure time for this is about
24 hours but I find that even in a few hours you can already start to use it because it’s
still attaching the fabric to the fabric. That’s there. And then you’re ready to
use it as a little hair clip. So another option is to glue it to some fold
over elastic and I’ll show you a really quick way of making this headband. Measure
around your head or a child’s head. Cut this to size. Say 12 inches or so for a little
kid. All you do is match it up end to end and zig zag stitch right there. That will
keep it in place. And right where the zig zag stitch is you would attach your flower.
And you can notice what I did back here, similar to how we did it with the bobby pin. I went
ahead and over on the other side, just in case sometimes little kids will complain about
the edge being a little bulky or scratchy, go ahead and add another piece of fabric to
the back side to further secure it in place. And for the center here you probably noticed
that I have a little twisted little bud in the center. You can do that with rolling up
the fabric. You can add a button. You can embellish these really anyway that you want
to. And after you give this project a try, remember to take some pictures. We’d love
to see pictures of your fabric flowers posted to the Crafty Gemini Creates Facebook page.
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