Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flower Pin Tutorial

This tutorial is meant to accompany my Book Bag tutorial, but the uses for this flower are endless.  Headbands, barrettes, belts, necklaces, pillow embellishment, skirt embellishment, etc.!

Enjoy.  It's an easy one.

  • Long strip of fabric, 1 inch by approximately 40 inches.  Sometimes, to make a larger flower, I sew two together so it's 1 inch by 80 inches.  You could make it fatter too... 1.25 inches by ___ inches.  Play with it.  This flower is 1 inch by 40 inches.
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Pin back (or barrette, headband, whatever you are going to attach it to)
  • Small piece of wool felt

First, snip off any selvage ends.  Run a gathering stitch (either by hand or machine - I prefer machine) down one long side.  Gather until the fabric is about half the length that it was straight.

Next, cut a circle out of wool felt that is approximately 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter.

Take one end of the gathered fabric and begin to roll it to make the "bud."  After a few rolls, stitch the bottom of the bud a few times to secure it. 
Sew the bud to the center of the wool felt.

Now continue to spiral the gathered fabric a few inches at a time and sew it to the wool felt.

(TIP:  I spiral  the whole thing without sewing first to get a sense of how it will look.  Then I unwind it all and start sewing.)
Do this until you get to the end.  Before you sew the very end to the wool felt, fold the edge down so that you don't have a raw edge sticking out.
(folded edge)

Sew a pin to the back of the flower and you are finished!!

Use as a brooch, pin it to a bag, skirt, belt, etc.  Enjoy looking all fancy!


  1. Very cute! Great idea and so many options with all the different fabrics available!



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