Sunday, April 4, 2010

Twisted Fabric Blooms (Tutorial)


It's almost reveal day!! But before I show you all the wonderful new kits out for April at My Creative Scrapbook this month (and my DT work with them) I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek at some blooms I made using some items in the kits.

This month the Album kit had this cute swatch of pink/white gingham fabric in it and the design team had so much fun creating things with the fabric! For one of my layouts I made Twisted Fabric roses. I used 2 different methods, the first one comes out a fair bit flatter for those of you who prefer less bulky items on your pages. The second one has a slightly more full finish but has a lovely luxurious look to it. Here are the steps to making the blooms you see in the above photo.....

Method I

1. Begin by cutting a long strip of the fabric, approx. 1/2 inch wide. Cut a piece of cardstock out (just slightly larger than you'd like your finished flower to be). Tie a knot in the end of your fabric strip. Don't worry about fraying edges, it adds a lovely homespun look to the bloom. Hot glue your knot to the middle of your carstock circle.

2. Start winding the strip around in a circle, twisting the fabric as you go. If you are using the type of hot glue that doesn't dry to quickly you can lay a larger circle of glue down and attach as you go.


3. Keep winding it on until you've got the size of rose you are looking for. You may need to add an extra strip or 2 if you want a larger rose. At the end simply trim away excess cardstock around the edges. You can leave it the way it is or finish it as I did with a decorative button (above).

Method II

1. Begin by cutting a 1 and a half inch strip (the fabric I used was about 18" long) of fabric. Fold the fabric in half (good side out). It helps to iron the fabric so it holds as you twist. TIP: If you are like me and don't want to pull your iron and ironing board out for a small project, try using your hair flattening iron (if you have one) to put a nice sharp fold in it. (see photo below)......tie a knot in one end.




2. Now just begin bringing the fabric aroung the knot twisting the fabric up as you go.


3. It takes a little practice and you can add small dabs of glue as you go to secure the bloom.


4. I used to strips to create this flower. At the end just tuck the last bit underneath. I like to lay down a circle of hot glue on a piece of cardstock at the end and plunk my bloom down on it. I feel like this better secures the whole thing and makes it easy to attach it to a page. Just trim around the edge when it dries.


Have fun with these techniques and try out different types of fabrics and colours, the blooms you can up with are endless! Try spritzing with some shimmer spray like Tattered Angels Glimmer mist....or adding some Stickles glitter glue for a pretty finish!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the reveal of all the new kits for April from My Creative Scrapbook....you'll be able to see the above finished page!

Thanks for having a peek!

~Gabrielle xxx

24 comments:

Karen Wilson said...

That bloom is so pretty! Cant wait to see your reveal! =) Love all ur work!

Jill Cassity said...

thank you for the tutorial i looove the flowers, i cant wait to give it a try!!

Nanne said...

Oh wow...That is beautiful and looks semi easy to make..might definitely have to try one of these..
thank you for the inspiration and fabulous flower
hugs
Nanné

Romy said...

Wow, these flowers are really fabulous! Great job, and thanks for sharing!

angelwhispers said...

Another fab tutorial Gabrielle!! The flowers are just beautiful and sit lovely on your page can't wit for the reveal!!! Love Chanelle xx

LISA said...

I have done these with organza...Beautiful!!! I love the gingham!!! Very Cute!!

Denise said...

Oh can't wait to see your LO's tomorrow!! Love the techniques too! TFS with us!!

Kris said...

Thank you for the great tutorial!

scrappinlil said...

I will have to try this...maybe today for my layout I am working on...TFS

Fey's Corner said...

Thank you for the tutorial, I've made a few roses based on your tutorial and they are very pretty. I made some with some felt too..I'm going to post the roses on my blog, and I hope you dont mind if I make a link to your blog as a credit..

smallcity said...

I have been hoping to find a tutorial on fabric flowers. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to try making one.

carolyn

CraftyLoops said...

Brilliant tip for using hair straighteners (as we call them), beautiful flowers too. Thanks for sharing. Lee xx

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Jacqueline P said...

Every so often as we browse this crazy internet you stumble upon someone and think "OH yeh, now me and her..we can get along just fine!!!"
Using a hair straightener instead of an iron!! You Rock!!!!!! ok so yes I do own couple irons, and yes one is just for crafts, and yes I burn myself every time I plug those stupid things on...enough said!!!!
And your style, techniques and just overall everything..I am pretty sure we would play well together..and that is a rare occurrence!
New stalker..I mean lurker...oh no I mean follower! One of those is legal.
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