This is a fun sewing project that you can use for all sorts of things. In our video today we are going to show you how to create textured flowers from handmade ruffles and attach them to a pillow you will also make. You could use these textured flowers for all sorts of sewing projects like apparel, handbags and much more. Let your imagination go wild for ruffles!
We used scraps of knit fabrics that we had used on a ruffled comforter as well as pieces of flat lace. Be sure to follow our blog for more great posts such as the ruffled comforter.
Be sure to check out our Matching Dresses and outfits for girls and their 18 inch dolls in our store. Like this cute Lilac sundress made from flowered organza fabric and pretty ribbon straps. The matching dresses fit most 18 inch dolls like our own Soft Bodied Seasons Dolls or American Girl Dolls.
What you will need:
-Long strips of knit or other non fraying fabrics cut anywhere from 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ depending on your desired look. Pick 1 type of fabric or go for coordinating fabrics with different textures like we did. The options are endless.
-Fabric for pillow
-Stuffing for pillow or pillow form
-Sewing machine, thread, and siccors
First cut your strips of fabric for the ruffled flowers. Next cut your fabric you are using for the pillow covering to the size you want the pillow or the size of your pillow form plus 1/4 inch on all 4 sides. You need to cut 2 of these being sure you put the fabric wrong sides together when you cut if you are making an irregular shaped pillow.
Make sure you are using a stretch needle if you are using knit fabrics. Put your sewing machine on the longest stitch possible and on the highest tension to make the ruffles. Sew a seam close to one edge making sure not to back stitch at the beginning or end so that you can pull the threads when you are done with the stitch. Next pull one of the threads (whichever is easiest to pull top or bottom on both sides scrunching the fabric creating a ruffle. Do this to the whole strip.
Next decide where you are going to start placing your first flower on one layer of the fabric you cut for the pillow cover. Make sure you put your machines tension and stitch back to normal. Start from the center of the flower, wrapping the ruffle in a tight circle. Sew little by little keeping the bottom edge of the ruffle outwards and sewing on the top edge. Continue this spacing your ruffles to the desired space for your flower and as big as you would like your flower to be. When you have reached the desired size, cut the ruffle and tuck the end under the last ruffle that overlays it and sew slightly over that last ruffle so that the edge is hidden under the stitch.
Continue adding as many flowers as your creative mind desires in the same manner!