Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rolled fabric roses and a bit about me...

To start, I'm just going to share a little bit about me. I'm Karen. I live in Arizona, but was born and raised in Utah. I long for the four seasons of Utah nearly every day of my life, but have grown accustomed to my desert dwelling. I have four kids that keep me very busy, and a hunky husband that keeps me very happy (most of the time!) I love to exercise, read, and shop. I LIVE the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure". I'm excited to work on this blog, because it will give me a kick in the pants to get all of my trash turned to treasure. Enough about me!

Now on to my project for the day...

There are so many tutorials out there about making beautiful fabric flowers to
embellish t-shirts, headbands, purses, etc.. I've wanted to make some of these beauties, but couldn't seem to find the time to get myself to the fabric store. I started to obsess a bit every time I saw a pretty fabric flower. I'm a Penny Pincher to a fault, and thought of a completely new concept (to myself anyway) Why not dig through that bin of old clothes I've got to take to the Goodwill?

Well, I found some usable fabrics and got started. These are my first attempt, and I hand sewed them.

Because I don't have hours and hours to spend sewing, I thought I'd glue a few, and see how they looked. Keep in mind, if you're embellishing t-shirts, you'd want to sew them so they can go through the laundry.

First, I cut my strips of fabric. The longer the strip, the bigger your rose.

Then you tie a tight knot in one end, and trim the excess.

Now the fun part... You twist the fabric, and gently roll it around your knot. Use little dots of hot glue to secure your fabric as you go. **Remember** less glue is always better than too much. (please forgive the blurriness)

Just keep twisting, rolling and gluing...

When you get to the end, secure your fabric to the back of your rose with a bigger blob of glue. You'll end up with this~

Now make two more~

Add them to a headband, and you've got a fun, new, FREE accessory!


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