Welcome to the second part of my Floral Embellishments Series.
Today I am sharing the Shabby Chic Fabric Blooms. These blooms give a really wonderful Shabby Chic look, so great for all those types of projects. They’re best created with any fabric that will fray easily. That being said, they are particularly stunning in lace. Once again, if you have a fabric that you would like to try, do give it a go. You might just love the look you create!
For these flowers, you will need:
- A 2” Strip of fabric, either ripped or cut as it makes no real difference to your results. Length depends on the size of bloom you want to create.
- Circles of fabric or card for your base, depending on the size of bloom you require. Here I have made 2” and 3” bases.
- Glue Gun
I have ripped the fabric for speed and to show easily in the photos. For the length of fabric you could start with 15” or so. If it’s too long, you can cut it when your flower is complete. If it’s too short, it’s easy to add more also.
Step 1: Take your fabric and glue gun and place on a heat proof mat.
Step 2: Add glue to one edge only.
Step 3: Fold the edges together, this forms a fabric tube. Repeat until the whole length is secured.
Step 4: You now need to cut from the glued edge, approximately 1/2”, at 1/4” intervals. Top Tip: Fold the length of the fabric in half when you cut to save time, just make sure you dont cut right the way through.
Step 5: Your fabric should now look like this.
Step 6: Add some glue to your base.
Step 7: Secure your fabric to the base, working all around the base. Continue moving in slightly each time you get to the beginning. Once you reach the center, glue and cut the fabric.
Step 8: Your piece should now look like this.
Step 9: Distress the finished blooms to fray as much as you wish. Top Tip: Use a bristle brush as it really speeds up the fraying and gives a great look.