Shabby Chic Fabric Blooms: A Floral Embellishment Series by Nick Roberts

 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.

Step 10: Add your chosen centres, to match your project. Pearls and crystals look great, but whatever you add will finish it off nicely.
 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and the examples I have shared with you. I would love to hear from you so please leave your comments and feedback. Is there any floral embellishments that you would like to see in future posts?
Thank you for joining me today, I do hope to see you again very soon. For now Take care and Happy Crafting.xx
Take a look at the first instalment of this Floral Embellishment Series.

13 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Fabric Blooms: A Floral Embellishment Series by Nick Roberts

    1. Thank you Janet, I am so pleased you enjoyed them both, I hope you will take a look on Friday as I am sharing a tutorial on the most beautiful roses and as you know they are my favourite flower. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment on here, It’s very nice of you, I love to read them.Take care xx

  1. Love the use of the brads. I have loads of them, this is a good way to use them, makes the flowers look classy. I wonder if you could make the cuts closer to form some stamens?

    1. Thank you. The brads really make a difference. As long as you dont cut through the centre (glued edge) then you can cut them as close together as you want, it’s always worth having a go. If not you could always add stamens instead of the brads. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, it’s great to have some feedback.

  2. Love these flowers. Ideas as to their endless possibilities that they can be used for rushing through my brain. I’m a needle felt artist and see them as embellishment to my work.Thank you for sharing. Love the colours you have used.

    1. What a lovely comment Celine, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I am over the moon that you like these flowers, but more importantly that it has started you thinking about other possibilities as well. I hope to share more in a monthly slot, so hopefully there might be something else that you like and can use in your craft. Thanks again for your comments, they mean a lot to me.x

    1. Thank you Littlelamb, you must try them, they are so easy to make and are wonderful to embellish cards or any project you are needing to add that floral element too. Thanks for leaving your message it’s great to hear what you think.xx

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