During a recent playdate at the park, a friend of mine and I were talking about fabric flowers. She mentioned seeing a large fabric flower pinned to a friend’s hat, and really loved it, but had no idea how to make one. I scoured my favorite blogs, and found this one from Cluck Cluck Sew. I knew I had a ton of scrap strips similar to hers, so I went for it!
My strips were only 2 inches wide, instead of the 2.5 inches Allison uses in her tutorial. Also, I’m not sure if it was just my machine, but the first time I ruffled the fabric strip, it did not seem to be ruffled enough. I went back a second time and using the same gathering technique, I simply added more resistance to the top thread as I sewed, making it a tighter ruffle. Just hold the thread at the top, right between where it comes off the spool, and before it goes into the machine.
Other than that, I followed her technique, and I think mine looks pretty similar!
My finished flower!
The back with a pin hot glued onto felt.
My fully cooperative model! I love this flower pinned to her big floppy sunhat. I’m sure I’ll be making more of these fun flowers!
I gave this flower pin to my friend Jana and she was so happy! I can’t wait to see how she decides to wear her pin.
What do you think? Do you have enough scraps to make a sweet ruffled flower? Share your projects with us!