A few posts ago you were updated on my bridal bouquet project, and I let you know that the tutorials would be forthcoming. As promised (being the good blogger that I am), I am here to deliver them in a series of posts rightfully named, “How Does Your Garden Sew.” (Haha, I love wordplay/I am a cornball.)
Part I: Garden Roses
Prior to starting any of these steps, you will want to make sure you have the right supplies on hand.
- as much synthetic fabric as you would like (I think I used 1/2 yard.)
- scissors or rotary cutter
- cutting mat (not necessary, but good if you plan to use a rotary cutter)
- lighter, candle
- thread to match fabric
Garden Rose Photo Tutorial
*Note: If you want a fuller rose, you will want to use a longer strip of fabric (or two strips stitched together). Also, you can play with the strip width to create roses with longer petals.
*Note: You will also want to trim the unfolded tail end so that it is tapered and comes to a rounded end as you near the “petals” (similar to what a carrot cut in half would look like from the side). Cutting around the tail can be a little bit tricky and will take some simple maneuvering as you round each side of the “petals.”
*Note: Be careful not to get too close to the flame because it may ignite the fabric”¦the heat of the flame should be strong enough to seal the edges without touching it.
Hint: If you want your bloom to appear slightly closed, roll the petals in a direction so the the tops of the petals curve inward. If you want an open bloom, roll the petals in a direction so the tops of the petals curve outward. (Depending on your flaming method, your petals should have an affinity to curve to one side.)
So you have a bunch of roses”¦now what? Well you can stitch them to a sash, glue them to a barrette, or attach them to a wire for use in a bouquet. The possibilities are endless (well to some degree). But, if you are curious to see how I attached these pretties to floral wire, keep an eye out—that post will be coming soon! Overall, these are probably one of the easier flowers I made for my bouquet, and they are a breeze to make. I plan to play around with different sizes and colors to help fill out my bouquet and may use these as the main flowers for the bridesmaids bouquets.
What do you think? Easy project? Are you sewing any fabric flowers?