One of my readers was having trouble with the fabric roses and asked if I could give any more information so this morning before I started sewing my current project I walked through the fabric folded roses one more time with a little help from Jack.
1. Cut some squares- these are 6"- It's a good idea to practice until you feel comfortable with muslin or scrap fabric.
2. Make 3 accordion type folds in the same direction and iron down to hold. This might feel awkward at first- just try.
3. Sew then down keeping a 1/4" seam allowance. Do one right after another like a kite tail.
4. Then sew down the other side.
5. Cut apart.
6. Now turn it and fold again 3 times in the opposite direction- repeat ironing and pinning if necessary.
7. Stitch one side and then the other.
8. Cut apart and then iron.
9. Push a finger up through the back of folded fabric until it looks like a balloon.
10. Take a pinch in the center, pull up and twist.
11. Push down.
12. Follow with iron to keep in shape.
13. Fold corners under and it should go into a round shape.
Sew these roses on to a doll quilt or whatever you wish to embellish.
I also make leaves- easy peasey leaves-
Cut shape, slash center of one side, stitch, turn and press.
The opening can go against the back of the flower so that it is hidden.
Now, Sarah, did that help you?
A little more information is always good but nothing beats try, try, try again!
It looks like a rose because your eye wants to make the shape into something recognizable and familiar.
The more you put together the better you will become.
They also need to be tacked down in the folds to hold the shape.
Happy Oct 2nd from me and Jack!