Scrunchy Flower Tutorial
Okay girls, pick out some delicious fabric. I typically use three different fabrics & one coordinating tulle. If you cut the fabric into nice little squares you can pin them together and only make one cut (for the fabric part). I then take a scrap of paper and free hand cut out a flower (5 petals works best). This will be your amazing pattern. Look, the closest thing to me at the time was a Threads magazine. I pulled out the subscription flyer and used that as my template. This picture only shows two different fabrics, but that's not the standard. I simply grabbed these two to take pictures of and thought they had good contrast to show up in the picture. My flowers have 6 layers of fabric, 2 from each color. Layers of tulle are also added, but just hold on for that part Darling.
Now comes the top secret, super fancy part to making the scrunchy flower look scrunchy...Spray all the flowers with liquid starch. Mine are actually drenched in starch on the entire flower. I wad them up,
Now here goes the most challenging part of the process. Making the tulle layers. You will need just as many tulle pieces as fabric pieces, plus one. I actually take my flower pattern (aka Threads' subscription card that I cut up earlier) and use this template again. I cut around it (slightly larger) just in the circular shape. You can see that by no means is this a perfect circle. She's an eccentric, lop-sided one with flare! I randomly run thread stitches through the center in a triangle shape. There's no right or wrong way to do this. After getting back to your starting point, pull the thread tight and knot it off.
Here's what the end result looks like. The whole point is to give the tulle some volume/pleats which will in turn give the scrunchy flower volume. You want your flower to stand out!!!!
Now it's time to get the party started. I always go in the same order, only because I'm funny like that. Start out with fabric #1 on bottom, top with tulle layer, top with fabric #2, top with tulle layer, top with fabric #3, top with tulle layer. Continue this process until you use all the fabric and tulle. Just for fun, I usually put two layers of tulle on top. Sometimes, on my wild days, I will add double layers of tulle on the last layer of fabric #1, #2 and #3. Hold on tight to your little creation--the layers get thick and the tulle as an evil habit of making the layers shift. When everyone is stacked together I'll add a pin to the center for stability. I think you can see my little green topped pin in the photo.
And another peek of what I did with my flower. The center rhinestone button covers up my stitches. I think it's precious.
Now this is a show stopper. This is a pic of the headband I made the week before. The fabric petals were not ironed to be scrunchy if you look close enough. Why... Only because it was a sunny day and we were outside for endless hours. What's a mommy to do to pass the time? I knew the neighbors would really talk if my ironing board were on the driveway, so I skipped this step just to save my reputation. Ha!Ha! This little one adored her surprise gift. Helped with the crazy hair day of a crazy child. Love the flare of the sunglasses. Not even my idea by the way.
Happy sewing and crafting to you.
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