Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tattered Fabric Rolled Cabbage Roses

I have a project in mind and need some truly excellent flowers to decorate it with.  I have something specific in mind but couldn't find a tutorial that showed me how to do it.  I read what was out there, borrowed a little bit from a few of them and made up my own.  

This is what I made:

I thought they turned out great!  This is how I did it.

First, tear two strips of fabric.  I used muslin but you can use anything else you would like.  My strips ended up being about an inch wide and about 45 inches long.  Don't cut it; you want the tattered strings hanging from it.

I also cut a strip of lace.  It is about 3/4 of an inch wide and just as long.

Stack them and fold them in half so that you have six ends in one hand.

Knot the end.

Put a dot of hot glue and fold the hanging end back in on the knot.  Now start twisting that long tail of fabric you have.  Add glue to the side of the knot and roll around on itself, spiraling out.

Keep rolling and gluing.  When you are done, glue the ends securely to the side of the flower and tuck under.

That's it!  You could thread a needle and sew a few pearls to the middle.  You could also use tulle or netting instead of the lace.  An organza ribbon would add some nice texture, too, or you could just leave the lace out of it.

The two smaller flowers are made with only one strip of fabric one inch wide and a strip of lace.  The larger flower is two strips of fabric and one strip of lace. 

If I do it again:

I will be making more!  I plan using some inks and dying the edges of the fabric so when it's rolled the colors will be spread out and weave in and out.