Sunday 28 April 2013

How To Make Fabric Flowers - a DIY Tutorial

This is a picture tutorial on how to make your very own, easy but fabulously pretty fabric flowers. 
In three different versions.

Just follow the step by step instructions.

These are the three different versions of the flower:

The cut of your petals decides the resulting look.

 Step 1. To make one flower, cut at least 9 circles of fabric, all in the same size and give 8 of them the shape you prefer. (The 9th petal will be used as your base and you need that circular.)

Tip: The more petals you add, the fuller the resulting flower.

 A simple circle gives you this flower.

A simple circle cut with pinking shears gives you this flower.

A star shaped petal gives you this flower.
  Step 2: Take the circle of your fabric designated as the base. You will be sewing all the flower petals on this base, one by one as shown in the following pictures.

Tip: You can use any fabric of your choice for the base.
Choose the base according to your needs. 
For example, a thin fabric choice for the flower might need the base to be sturdier for a  better result.

Step 3. Fold all your petals in half and then in half again, until you get the folded 'quarter' petal shown in the pictures. 
(Four of these 'quarters', will make up one layer of petals.)

Step 4. Proceed to sew four of them onto the centre of your base -as shown in the pictures- one by one until they have filled the four quarters of your base circle.

I found that they are sewn on more symmetricaly if you sew the second petal  opposite the first petal.

Then continue sewing the third petal and fourth petals in the two gaps left by the previous two petals sewn opposite each other.

Step 5.When the first layer of petals is sewn on, you need to sew one more layer on top of that to complete your flower.

You do the same thing as in the previous layer of petals and sew four more folded petals on top.

Try to position them slightly rotated, by half a petal, over the original petals. 
This will discourage gaps in the finished flower.

If your fabric is a bit hard to handle or if this your very first flower, you might need the help of some pins keeping the lower layer of petals in order, ie out of your way....

When you sew in the very last of your petals, your flower will look something like this.

You've done it!

Now you can use your lovely handmade flower in any number of ways.
You can make your very own fabric flower accessories, sashes, headbands,hair clips,  pins, brooches, shoe clips, wrist corsages, garlands, table decor -the sky's the limit really!

They make great last minute gifts too, as they are so easy to make.

I added a brooch back to these and made some spring gifts I needed in a pinch.

Last but not least, they also make great Mother's Day gifts. 
How can you beat flower keepsakes that will last and be cherished for a long time!
Especially if there are little hands involved in the making.
 This could be a great project to ease kids into sewing or if you want a more child-friendly version, you could use glue to secure the petals onto the base.

 Extra tips and notes:
The fabric I've used here is a vibrant coral synthetic fabric which doesn't fray. 
These would look great in felt or any non-fraying material but I've made them in natural cotton as well -which frays fatser than you can look at it- and I loved that look too.
Just decide what works for you and the rest is easy.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comment section below and I'll get back to you.

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Sunday 21 April 2013

Bon Voyage

All Fairytale Flower accessories get shipped in their own little boxes to ensure that they reach their destination in perfect condition.
Customizing the boxes and making them pretty is one of the fun things of packing them up.

These have already been shipped and are approaching their respective destinations.

Saturday 20 April 2013

Etsy Favourites - The Sweet Smell Of Spring





Anyone that has an etsy shop can tell you of the countless hours they spend on Etsy.
 They can also testify to the truly incredible shops and artists they come across, that sell their wares on the site. You can find the most beautiful, handcrafted or vintage items in numerous categories and kinds. 

I think it was about time I started an Etsy Favourites post.
So every week I'll be picking five favourites from my etsy 'favourites' -older or newer- and sharing them with you.

Friday 19 April 2013

Friday 12 April 2013

Classic Black And White

These are my newly listed black and white organza flower bobby pins.

FairytaleFlower hair accessories

Dramatic black petals with an antique white centre of lace and pearls.

Set of 2 bobby pins by Fairytale Flower

There's also a few variations on this, most classic, colour combination:

Black and White Flower Hair Accessories by FairytaleFlower

With or without the lace.

FairytaleFlower Black Organza Hair Accessories

And some sparkly red beads in the centre there, to add some colour.
Fairytale Flower Hair Accessories Bobby Pins

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Monday 8 April 2013

Monday Moodboard - Time Travel

Monday Mooodboard is a game played by the members of the European Etsy Team every Monday. The moodboard is a selection of items from the team that reflect your mood on that particular day. Anyone in the team can join in. Just link your very own moodboard -for the very last time today- to the host of the game StarOfTheEast.

Wednesday 3 April 2013


These are three champagne organza flowers  made recently for the bridal sash of a blushing June bride.

I can't wait to see what she does with them. With an ivory wedding gown, they are sure to look spectacular!

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Tuesday 2 April 2013

Monday Moodboard - Dreamy Blues

Monday Mooodboard is a game played by the members of the European Etsy Team every Monday. The moodboard is a selection of items from the team that reflect your mood on that particular day. Anyone in the team can join in. Just link your very own moodboard to the host of the game StarOfTheEast.

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