A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #7
- 20th April 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
Today I have a creative activity that’s great for using up your scraps of fabric… Inspired by our Textile Transformation project I hope it will inspire you to get creative with your textile odds and ends rather then chucking them in the bin… I hope you have a go and if you do… share the results with us!
What you’ll need:
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*Scraps of fabric / old clothes
*Glue gun (optional)
Ok, so this is a really easy textile activity that is great for using us those scraps of fabric you have lying around or repurposing the material from a garment that is beyond repair.
The finished flowers can be used for a host of different craft projects…. glue / stitch them to a headband / hair clip for a Summer accessory, you could attach them to twigs to make a vase of flowers, sew a brooch back on or even glue on a magnet and jazz up the front of your fridge…
Here’s how you make them…
Start by creating some circular templates… I’d recommend a fe different sizes. My smallest one was about 8cm across. Draw around a circular object (like a coaster / glass / bowl) with a pencil onto cardboard (the inside of a cereal box works fine) and then cut out using paper scissors.
Then select your material. On the reverse of the fabric trace round your template with a pen or fabric chalk and then cut out using fabric scissors. Repeat the process till you have 5 circles.
Next take some embroidery thread and thread a large eyed needle. Double over the thread and tie a knot at the end… Now you’re ready to start sewing.
Take one of the five circles and fold in half, then in half again to create a wedge shape, using your needle and thread do a simple running stitch along the curved edge. For this size I did about 4 stitches. If you can try and start and finish the thread on the same size and it’ll rouch up neater.
Push the first petal to the end of the thread leaving a ‘tail’ of about 5 cm. Repeat the process with the remaining four circles. Once they’re all on the thread, push them all tight up against one another and tie the loose ends together is a double (or triple) knot.
Trim off the excess thread then wiggle your petals so they’re all evenly spaced and pointing out. Use your thumb to push the middle of the petal down so you get a nice curved petal shape.
You can now add some extra decor and hide the hole in the middle, select a button and then cut a circle of felt a little bit bigger then the button, You can also cut out a larger felt circle for the back. On the back piece experiment with including leafs etc.
Using the remaining embroidery thread (which should still be threaded on your needle) Tie another knot in the end then sew all together… Backing thread first the through the middle of the flower, through the top layer of felt, through the button, then back down through all the layers in reverse.
When you get to the back, pull both ends tightly to secure the layers all stay tight together and then tie the loos end together in a double knot and trim off the excess.
You have the option of using a glue gun to stick the layers together if you’d prefer but I think this way works fine!
If you’re feeling adventurous you can add extra layers or experiment with different fabrics… it’s totally up to you…
I’ve included a video tutorial which demonstrates the whole process below and don’t forget to share your creations with us… I can’t wait to see what you create!
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