Fabric Flowers: Tutorial #1 – “Fold and Layer”

It is not enough to say that I love fabric flowers; I am bordering on obsession with them! I pin every new tutorial for them that I find on Pinterest and am impatient to try any I haven’t tried yet. Unfortunately, since the last three months of the year are insanely busy for us (more so than most people’s as many people on both sides of our family have birthdays at the end of the year, plus holidays), I haven’t gotten around to trying out several of them. I tried a new-to-me one last night and took step-by-step pictures along the way. I will have to go back and do the same for others that I’ve already tried, so stay tuned for those!

What you will need:

  • Old t-shirt, cut into
    ~  8 flowers
    ~  1 circle, slightly smaller in diameter than the flowers
  • Flower template (for cutting flowers out of t-shirt)
  • Pen/pencil (for cutting flowers out of t-shirt)
  • Fabric scissors (for cutting flowers out of t-shirt)
  • Fabric or craft glue
  • Button or bead
  • Needle and thread

(ignore the second shirt and extra buttons ~ I was going to make 2 but afterward decided to stick with 1)

What to do:

  1. Fold 4 flower shapes in half then in half again. Glue them to the fabric circle, corners in the middle.
  2. Fold 3 more flower shapes in the same way. Layer these over the four and glue.
  3. Fold the last flower shape in half and pinch and bend it so that it forms a sort of ring on the top, as pictured. Glue only in the center so as not to stick any of the edges of the “petals” down.
  4. Sew a bead or button into the center, as shown in the finished product at the top of this post.

Tips & Variations:

  • When sewing the bead/button in the center, sew all the way through the fabric circle at the bottom. This will leave a short section of exposed thread with which you can attach a bobby pin or safety pin to the flower, making it usable for your hair or clothing.
  • You can glue or sew a strip of fabric to the bottom of the flower and tie it to clothing, scarves, purses, etc.
  • These can be attached to headbands and hair ties to create easy hair accessories.
  • Layering two pieces of different fabric together adds visual impact. The fabrics can be different colors, types, textures, whatever sparks your fancy. To do this, simply cut out 8 flower shapes of the same size from each of two types of fabrics. Layer one of each flower shape, fold, and assemble as directed. The second layer will peek through in the edges of the petals.
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Rising Moon Manicure

  1. Another manicure I saw on Pinterest. I love it! This attempt is a little sloppy, I’ll admit, but it shows how it’s done.

What you will need:

  • Light nail polish
  • Dark nail polish
  • Topcoat
  • Reinforcement labels (the little round ones for hole punches)

What to do:

     1. Paint the entire nail with the light polish.

2. When completely dry, apply the labels to the bottom portion of the nail.

3. Paint the exposed nail above the label with the dark polish.

4. When dry, slowly peel the label off the nail.

5. Apply topcoat and let dry.

Tips & Variations:

  • A shimmery gold paired with a deep blue was the original pairing on Pinterest. I liked it, so that’s what I went with. I think a shimmery color beneath a rich, darker color looks gorgeous. I also think a dark color beneath with a lighter one on top would look great, but the lighter one must be opaque enough to cover the darker undercoat at least to a discernible degree.
  • You may need to press the labels down around the edges of your nails to make sure you have a good seal.

Bookworm Manicure

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was pretty cool! And as I love to read, it suits me. Luckily, it’s easy enough to do it at home and you don’t have to spend much (if anything) at all!

What you will need:

  • Light colored nail polish
  • Topcoat
  • Newspaper cut into pieces slightly larger than your fingernails
  • Vodka
  • Small dish
  • Paper towel

What to do:

  1. Apply 2 coats of your chosen polish. Make sure your nails are completely dry before proceeding.
  2. Pour some vodka into the small dish. Dip a piece of newspaper into the alcohol as needed. You’ll probably want to do this one nail at a time.
  3. Arrange the newspaper pieces onto your nails. Press down firmly. After a few seconds, slowly peel away the newspaper.
  4. Let dry and apply the topcoat.

Tips & Variations:

  • You may want to avoid metallic polishes or those with glitter as they may make your nails too “busy.” Some subtle shine to the polish would work, but all out glitz is probably a bit too much for this look.
  • Mix it up by switching the way the text faces (toward you or away from you).
  • Watch out for piece of paper sticking to your nails.
  • When you apply the topcoat, be careful not to use the end of the brush. Gently glide the side of the brush along the top of the nail. Even then you’ll still need to watch out for smudging.
  • Next I want to try this with small pictures printed from my computer. I’m not sure if it will transfer the same, but I’m willing to give it a shot!