Monday, May 3, 2010

Tutorial: cut circle flowers

Do you remember this cute little dress of Jocie's from Christmas time?

I tried a new technique for applique on the top. I think it turned out cute, so I wanted to try it again, and show you how to do it too.

I chose to use two colors of knit fabric (you just need something that won't fray, but will curl when washed). Then, for each flower, cut three different size circles, or as many circles as you want each to have. Alternate the colors (mine was dark, light, then dark). Then, place them on your main fabric (I chose an old t-shirt to refashion). Place your circles down, the largest on the bottom to the smallest on the top, and pin in place.

You are going to use a straight stitch, all the way across the center of the flower, several times, letting your stitches cross in the center. The bigger your flower, the more stitches you will want, as those will become your "petals".

After I stitched my flowers, I turned my shirt inside out so that you could see my stitching a little better. I was using rather larger flowers, and wanted some variety so I used different numbers of stitches.

Next you will cut your flowers, in between each of the stitches, just up to the center where the stitches overlap. Just be sure NOT to cut your clothing.

Then comes the easiest part. Throw it in the wash a time or two, and watch those edges curl up into cute petals.

I have to say, I prefer the smaller ones I did for Jocie's dress. I think it would be cute to do a whole bunch of little ones and stitch "stems" to make a bouquet.

There you have it! Now have fun flowering! Oh, and if you can think of a better name for them let me know. I totally blanked last night trying to come up with something.

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  1. Just popped over from Tea Rose Home - these are so easy! Love it!

  2. How clever! Thank you so much for coming over to my link party!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Andrea @