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Make: flowers

31 Jan

Whether they’re sewn, knitted, cross stitched, or crocheted, I love flowers. They’re nature’s window dressing and just make everything and anything look better and feel lovelier!

If you saw my flower neckwarmer recently, you’ll know how much I love flowers. To encourage more flower love, I thought I’d share my tutorial for sewing one of these flowers. (If you want to sew the whole neckwarmer, you can buy the pattern here.)

Here goes…

1 Cut a piece of fabric to about 5x50cm. Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length – it will also help if you thread the machine with different colours of thread in the bobbin and in the top (I used black and white threads). Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Sew together the long edge with a 1cm seam allowance, without backstitching at each end. Turn the tube so that it’s right sides out, using a safety pin if necessary.

2 Locate the loose thread ends of the seam and knot them together at one end. At the other end, pull one of the threads to evenly gather up the tube. Pull up about 40cm of thread and place the length onto a sewing needle, ready to sew up the flower.

1 Locate the loose thread ends of the seam and knot them together at one end. At the other end, pull one of the threads to evenly gather up the tube. Pull up about 40cm of thread and place the length onto a sewing needle, ready to sew up the flower.

Step 2

Top tip: While you’re sewing your flower, if find you need more gathers, simply pull on one of the threads at the knotted end. The different colours of thread will make this easier – you can choose which colour is the gathering thread at both ends.

3 Now start sewing up the flower…

Step 3a

Step 3a First sew along the short edge with a running stitch

Step 3b Pull to gather up this short end.

Step 3b Pull to gather up this short end.

Step 3c Secure this short end gather by sewing back along the short edge with another running stitch.

Step 3c Secure this short end gather by sewing back along the short edge with another running stitch.

Step 3d The short end gathers are now secure.

Step 3d The short end gathers are now secure.

Step 3e Now fold this short edge inwards to meet the long edge and sew from the short corner to the long edge, to form the centre of the flower.

Step 3e Now fold this short edge inwards to meet the long edge and sew from the short corner to the long edge.

Step 3f This will form the centre of the flower.

Step 3f Pull tight to secure.

Step 3g This will form the centre of the flower.

Step 3g This will form the centre of the flower.

Step 3h Turn over to the back and sew together the short gap that remains.

Step 3h Turn over to the back and sew together the short gap that remains in the centre.

Step 3i The centre is now complete.

Step 3i The centre is now complete.

4 Now you can sew up the rest of the flower…

Step 4b Fold the tube around the centre, ready to sew up.

Step 4b Fold the tube around the centre, ready to sew up.

Step 4c Turn over to the back and sew the lower seam edge to the tube above it, at about halfway up the tube.

Step 4c Turn over to the back and sew the lower seam edge to the tube above it, at about halfway up the tube.

Step 4d Continue sewing like this, making sure that your stitches are not visible on the right side.

Step 4d Continue sewing like this, making sure that your stitches are not visible on the right side.

Step 4e Continue all the way around to form the flower shape.

Step 4e Continue all the way around to form the flower shape.

Step 4f When you reach the other end, sew a running stitch along the other short end.

Step 4f When you reach the other end, sew a running stitch along the other short end.

Step 4g Gather up these stitches.

Step 4g Gather up these stitches.

Step 4h Secure the gathers by sewing back along the short edge with another running stitch.

Step 4h Secure the gathers by sewing back along the short edge with another running stitch.

Step 4i Secure the end by stitching it at the back of the flower.

Step 4i Secure the end by stitching it to the back of the flower.

Step 4j Make sure your stitches are not visible at the front.

Step 4j Make sure your stitches are not visible at the front.

This is how the flower will look on the back, but no one will see that!

This is how the flower will look on the back, but no one will see that!

Your flower is now finished!

Your flower is now finished!

You can sew flowers onto a jacket, dress or jumper. Or you could sew a circle of felt over the seams at the back and attach a brooch fastening – the perfect little gift!

You could use any fabric you like, or make the flower as large as you like. I’m experimenting with different types of fabrics and sizes to see what happens.

Hope you enjoy and make lots of flowers – I’d love to see what you create!

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