Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Reuse and Recycle Your Old Denim Jeans to Make Fabric Flowers

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This craft is so simple, that you can literally make a dozen roses in 1/2 an hour. Not to mention that it is a great way to reuse those old denim jeans with holes in the knees. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors, a pair of old jeans, and some tacky glue.

Step 1: Cut the Hem Off the Jeans

Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Cutting the Fabric to Make a Fabric RoseCut the fabric approximately 1 inch above the hem of your pants. Cutting more fabric allows you to grasp it better as you wrap the rose, but you end up with a lot of bulky fabric behind your rose. I prefer to cut only and inch so that the back of the rose isn't bulky.

This is the perfect way to use a cuff that is cut off while hemming a new pair of pants, or you may just be finding ways to reuse old denim jean. The great thing about using the cuff of pants, or jeans, is that the edge is already finished for you. You can run the unfinished edge that you just cut through a serger if you wish, but it's not necessary.

Step 2: Run a Bead of Tacky Glue

Tutorial for Making Fabric Roses

Gluing Fabric Roses Run a bead of glue along the newly cut edge of your fabric. This holds the flower in place as you wrap it.

Step 3: Roll, or Wrap, the Denim Loosely

Tutorial for Making a Fabric Rose

Making a Denim Fabric Rose from Old Blue JeansWrap the rose, beginning with the inner seam of the pant leg on the inside of the flower. It looks like the center of the flower when finished. Wrap loosely to make the rose appear as if it is opening. The tacky glue will help to hold the fabric in place as you wrap. You can also stitch, sew, or pin the base of the rose when finished to help secure it. I like to pin mine until the glue finishes drying.

Step 4: Put Your Finished Fabric Roses to Good Use!

Decorate Your World with Your Fabric Flowers

Fabric Denim Rose TutorialGet creative with your fabric flowers. Here are some ideas:
1. Make a fabric flower potpourri (add a little essential oil for fragrance)
2. Add a stem and place the denim flowers in a vase
3. Embellish your craft and sewing projects with fabric flowers.

Fabric Flowers

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