Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fabric Flower Tutorial Part One: Twisted Circle Bow

For this tutorial you will need:
a strip of fabric
Glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon lined alligator clip (Click here for tutorial)

Here is my strip of fabric. As you can see it doesn't need to be perfectly cut.

If you are using a fabric that has a difference in the front and back I would fold your fabric in half. Feel free to put a thin line of hot glue down the middle of the inside of your fabric to hold your fold. This will make it easier to work with.
Now take one end and fold it in half again. Don't fold the entire length of your fabric strip just the end. Just like the picture below shows. Secure it with glue.
Now add another dot of glue on top of your fabric that has been folded in half twice.
Fold the end over, as shown in the picture below.
Continue adding a dot of glue and folding the end over 3 or 4 times. Your bow should look like this when you are done...
Now you are going to start twisting your fabric instead of folding it over itself. Twist your fabric like the picture shows.
Now you will put a dot of glue on the side of your fabric and secure your twist to your newly formed center of the bow.
Continue to do this for the entire length of the rest of your fabric strip.
Continue twisting and wrapping the fabric around itself.
Stop once you reach the end
Turn your flower over and put a glob of glue on the back and fold your end onto the back of the flower.
It should look like this when you are done.
Turn it back over and you are done! Now you can embellish it with a center piece, feathers, lace or you can just leave it! It's cute either way!
This flower is pretty small. If you want a bigger one then start with a longer strip of fabric. After you are done you will need to add a ribbon lined alligator clip to the back of your bow. Click here for that tutorial!

Check out my Zipper bow tutorials here!


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