Fabric rosettes are in every boutique you walk into, but there’s really no need to spend that much on them when you can easily make them yourself.
I love them for two reasons. One, they are a great way to use up scraps. But even better, two, they make great gifts. You can put one on a hairclip. You can put three together on a headband or a pin backing. (They make a great embellishment for your favorite bag or purse!) And my favorite way to use them: as an embellishment for a wrapped package.
Put a gift into a simple, brown, kraft gift bag. Place a few pieces of tissue paper inside. Glue a hair clip to the back of your fabric flower, and clip it right to the bag, at the base of the handle.
A perfect “extra something special” for that someone special!
- A length of fabric approximately 40” long and 3” wide.
- A circle of felt or fabric 1 ¾” in diameter
- Needle and thread
- Button or other embellishment for the center. (Optional)
- Backing, e.g. a hair clip, headband, pin base, magnet
- Knot needle and thread to one end of the fabric strip.
- Begin rolling fabric to create the center of the rosette. Take a few stitches to anchor in place.
- As you continue to spiral your fabric around the center, twist it as you go. This will allow for the frayed edges to occasionally be visible, which adds interest to your piece. (For a detailed look at how to twist and stitch your spiral, scroll through the pictures above.)
- Approximately every ½” take a stitch to secure your spiral in place.
- When you’ve reached the end of your strip of fabric, tuck the tail under and take a few stitches to secure it.
- Glue the circle of fabric to the back of the flower.
- Attach whatever backing you’d like. Some ideas may include a hair clip, headband, magnet, or pin.
- ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nikki McGonigal is a wife, mom, and die-hard crafter. She loves sharing her crafty skills with others, and believes that anyone can “go handmade!” Give her ideas a try, and feel free to ask questions along the way. Fore more projects, ideas, and tutorials, visit her blog,www.NikkiInStitches.Wordpress.com. You can reach her at email@example.com.