Today was my first time at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London. It was pretty similar to the Exeter Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show (reviewed here) – which stands to reason since they’re organised by the same group and have the same theme- but this show was much larger (a more detailed review will follow soon). One of the highlights of the day was the free workshop by Sewing Quarter. They are held regularly Β on the hour and you can either learn to make a fabric flower or you can sew an art piece. I decided to give the fabric flower a go as the other session looked a bit like cross stitch (on plain fabric) to me πŸ™‚ It was pretty though!

 

Waiting for the class to fill up (that’s not me btw)

 

Step 1

Make sure you have 2 largish squares of fabric. Our fabrics squares were about 20 cm by 20 cm.

Like the jewellery? I made all of them πŸ™‚

 

Step 2

Fold one square twice (so it becomes a smaller square- you fold it once, get a rectangle- fold the rectangle (fold 2), get another square) and cut a cone at the corner where all the fabric is joined.

 

Step 3

Open up that cone and you get a circular-ish rectangle (or rectangular-ish circle). Place that over the remaining fabric from Step 2 and use it as a template. (So you have to be careful that your circle in Step 2 isn’t too big or you won’t have enough fabric left. If that happens, just trim your circle so your template is smaller.)

Cut along the outline of your circle-rectangle.

 

Now you have 5 circles!

 

Step 4

Now we go back a step and fold all the circles back into the cone we had in Step 2. (This is done by folding it twice. You fold it once, you get a semi-circle, fold it the second time, get a cone (or, more accurately, a quadrant I guess!)

 

Thread a needle, tie a knot at the end of the threads and do a running stitch along the end of the circular edge of the cone.


Continue till you have stitched on all 5 cones- these will form the petals of your flower. If you want a bigger flower, feel free to use more petals/ cones.

 

Step 5

Once you’ve stitched on all the cones, push the cones along the thread (so tighten the thread’s tension) to create the bunched petals. Don’t push too hard or the thread may break!

Then sew the last petal to the first petal. You may want to stitch over 2-3 times to make sure it is secure.

 

Step 6

And your flower is done!

 

If you like, you may sew a button or some fabric onto the centre.

 

Great way to use up fabric scraps and make fabric embellishments! Thank you Sewing Quarter and Knitting and Stitching show! πŸ™‚

Written by Zen

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