Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pinwheel Fabric Flowers

I LOVE making these fabric flowers.  They are beautiful and extremely versatile.  I have used them as hair clips, to decorate purses, shirts as well as decoration for my home.  They don't require any sewing either! Just make sure your hot glue gun is plugged in and ready to go!

What you will need:
  •  Hot glue gun
  • Fabric of your choice (two different kinds)
  • Button or jewel (for the center of your flower)
  • Ribbon
  • Alligator Clip 
  • Felt (only about a 3" x 3" square)

Begin by cutting your fabric into circles.  For this flower, I cut one fabric into 4 " circles, and another into 2.5 " circles- creating 5 circles for each size/fabric (10 total circles) Keep in mind- the size you cut your circles will determine the final size of your flower.  This size shown here may be too large to use as a hair clip.

This next part is the only tricky thing about making these pinwheel flowers.  I take a circle, and fold it in half like a taco.  


Holding your "taco" in in one hand, with the other hand, push one side of the "taco" in.  Fold over and hold onto the new folds at the bottom center of the taco.  

 
The tricky part is almost over!  Now, with the left side of your "taco", you aren't going to do the same thing! Instead, simply fold it over on top, creating a point at the bottom center.


You have now made one section of your pinwheel!  To secure all folds, you will now put little dobs of hot glue where needed.  



Repeat this taco folding process with all ten of your circles.  After you are done, you are ready to use the felt square (you can cut your square to about 3" x 3").  I suggest playing with your layout before gluing your pinwheels down.  Start in one corner, and work your way around the square.  I always layer the pinwheels, instead of butting them up next to each other.  Keep in mind though- there really is no right or wrong way to do this :)




Once you finish gluing the bigger pinwheels (maroon) to the felt square, you will then glue the smaller pinwheels (white) directly to the bigger pinwheels.


If the edges of your pinwheels are different lengths and don't quite match up- you can trim them or leave them...  whatever look you like better!  

Next, choose a button or jewel- anything cute for a center piece.  I like to pick two buttons and layer them.  


Aren't these adorable?!  Now we just have to add an alligator clip to the back.  I like to cover the alligator clip with ribbon for a more finished look.  If you need step by step directions on how to heat seal and attach ribbon to an alligator clip, see my post on this here (scroll down to the bottom).  

Simply hot glue your alligator clip directly to the felt square.


Now you can clip this adorable flower accessory into your hair, onto your purse, or make a bunch for a centerpiece on your kitchen table!



 

6 comments:

  1. These are so cute! Happy to find your blog- new follower!

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  2. Those are so fun!! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make them! I am definitely going to be following this to make some for future crafts:)
    Jill

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  3. Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  4. Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party!
    Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:)

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  5. Very fun! And a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! We hope you will join us again next week!

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