As promised, here is the felt version of the Rolled Flower. If you’d like to see it done in calico, and for slightly more in depth pictures, check out the directions for the Rolled Calico Flower. They are constructed the same, with slight difference to make the best use of each material.
2″ x 28″ piece of felt for the flower
4″ x 5″ piece of felt for each leaf
2 copies pattern
(optional: bar pins for brooches or contour barrettes for barrettes)
Preparing pattern pieces:
The pattern piece for the flower will require taping together 3 pieces. Make 2 copies of the pattern. Cut out the 2 end pieces. Cut out 1 center piece. Cut the leaf out of the 2nd center piece. Tape the 2 end pieces to the center piece, matching the 3 inch sides. You should now have 1 long piece, measuring 3″ x 25″, with both ends pointy.
Cut 1 flower piece
Cut 2 leaf pieces for each leaf.
1] Make 2 copies of the pattern and piece together as explained above.
2] Cut out pieces.
3] Mark a 1/4″ seam allowance along the raw edges using a fading or washable marker. (Example on calico)
4] Using 2 strands of floss, sew a close running stitch along the 1/4″ line. Leave a long tail.
5] Sew a 2nd running stitch an 1/8″ below the first line of stitching. (It will be between the line of stitching and the raw edge.) Leave a long tail.
6] Holding both tails, gather the flower until it measures 9″. Secure the end so the gathering does not come loose.
7] Using one of the tails, start rolling the flower, tacking as you roll. You will want to tack about every 1/2″. Make sure you keep the raw edges even.
8] When the flower is rolled, secure end.
9] To make each leaf, place 2 leaf pieces together. Using 2 strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the leaf edges.Referring to the photo, draw on and stitch a center vine using 6 strands of floss and a stem stitch.
10] Make as many leaves as you would like to surround the flower. My felt flower has 3 leaves. Lay out the leaves, placing the flower on top to check positioning. The leaves should overlap slightly. When you are happy with the position of the leaves, sew the leaves together using a hidden stitch.
11] Sew the flower onto the leaves. To sew the flower on, use thread that matches the color of the flower material. Sew the flower to the leaves by sewing inside the outer ring. If you would like, you can open the flower slightly, and tack it farther out of the leaf.
The flower is now done. It can be sewn directly onto a garment, or it can be sewn to a bar pin or a barrette.
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