DIY:Handmade - Fabric Flower Rose

One of the best parts of life is when you figure something out for yourself - I've been an avid follower of emersonmade and her fabric flowers, so I decided to try it myself.  Well, they're not as perfect as Emerson's but they are wildly popular among my friends ;) So many people have asked how to make them that I thought I'd come up with an efficient solution. Walla! I give you: Fabric Flower Tutorial.  

Thank you, thank you, please, please, no applause...I'm sorry, I've had a lot of sugar today.  The blooms have been a plenty with roses, peonies, dahlias, and dandies.  Today we are going to learn how to make a rose.  There are many variations of this type of flower, if your relax your petals the rose will be bigger and more like a poppy.  If you keep your petals tighter it will resemble a tea rose.  I am going to show you how to make something in between the two.

1/4 yard colored cotton fabric of your choice
Light colored thread
Colored Felt square of your choice
Metallic pin backing
Sewing needle
Sharp craft knife (optional)

For your fabric and felt choices, choose contrasting colors - blue and gold, cream and gold, or pink and blue, etc.  Before you start, find a clean space to work and be prepared for lots of fabric scraps.

Step 1 - Cut two circles out of the felt square, one of these is the base. The size will be determined by how big or small you want your flower to be.

Step 2 - Cut out your petals from the cotton fabric. The first row of petals are roughly the same size as the base.  Start by cutting an oval shape and finish with a heart-shaped top (the heart-shaped top is important).  The first row will need about 5-6 petals. The first row petals will be larger than the second, the second larger than the third.

Step 3 - Take your first petal and tuck one bottom edge under the other. 

Step 4 - Take your folded petal and position the bottom edge on the felt base, attach them by stitching an "X" in the middle of the bottom edge of the petal to the felt base. Don't worry that the stitches show through the bottom of the felt, it will be covered up by the second felt circle.

Step 5 - Continue stitching the folded petals to the base, over lapping them as you go around the circle.

Step 6 - After the first row of petals, cut the second row of petals slighter smaller than the first. Position the second row closer to the center and overlap with the first row. Stitch in place with an "x". 

Step 7 - Continue with a third row of petals if desired.  When finished, flip your bloom over and attach the metallic pin backing to the bottom of the felt circle with thread. Then cut two holes in the second felt circle so that it fits over the pin backing. Once fitted over pin backing, stitch the second felt circle to the first felt circle.

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a beautiful bloom! 

Feel free to ask questions or send pictures of your new blooms - I would love love love to see them!