Thursday, February 24, 2011

Friday Night Fidgety Fingers

What to do on a Friday night?  If you're a wild and crazy gal like me, you'll try your hand at fabric rosettes - ha!  I had fun making these!

It took me a couple of tries and then found them super easy to make.  Here's how I did it, in case you want to give them a try.

Here's what you'll need:
*A long piece of fabric (the longer, the bigger the rosette), 1/2 to 2 inches wide
*Needle and thread to match your fabric

Begin by folding the fabric, lengthwise, in half:

Then tie a knot on one end of the strip:

Next, fold the end of the fabric down, so that the knot is on top:

Then begin tightly wrapping the long end of the fabric around the knot:  As you wrap, twist the fabric.  This does not have to be perfect, in fact, if it's a little messy I think it's more lifelike.  Keep on wrapping and twisting, and before long, your rosette will begin to take shape:

Every couple of wraps around the knot, put a stitch in the side of your rosette - this will keep it stable:

When you've wrapped and twisted to the point your rosette is the perfect size, tuck the end of the fabric strip (you may have to cut the strip if you still have lots left over) to the underside of the flower and securely stitch it:

Simple, right?  And so pretty, I think!

I have yards and yards of beautiful, natural muslin and my rosette inventory is quickly growing.  I like how they looked when I placed them on some of my vintage doilies ~ romantic, soft and dreamy-like:

What should I create with my rosettes?  I'd like to make something that'll compliment my existing Retro Revival product line.  Ideas?  Anyone?  Bueller?

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Retro Fabric said...

Retro fabric are amazing. I hope I can be as talented as you are in working with Fabric

Tracy said...

I think you could use them as emblishments on your aprons just add a couple 'green leaves' or even better as pins. Add a pin to the back and you can use them however/whenever you want!

Missy said...

You could make vintage aprons with them!

Betsy said...

Maybe make smaller ones as button covers?