who says fabric is for sewing...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I love the look of fabric flowers, but I just don't like buying pre-made ones... I'd rather make my own to fit each project...

Step 1: run your chosen fabric through your die cut machine using your favorite flower die.  The steel rule dies (the heavy thick dies) work best for cutting fabric, but you can use the thinner ones if you don't mind doing a little hand snipping to finish the cuts. You can also hand cut flowers if you would rather wield the scissors.

Here I am using canvas, but any fabric will work. (I love using worn out jeans for this!)

Step 2: thin out some Creative Inspirations paint by mixing some paint with water on a non porous surface.

Step 3: paint. Yes, I know, this is the hardest step and you were all wondering just how to do it... LOL!

Step 4: Let them dry completely.

In the meantime, feel free to admire that shimmer!  The purple ones are canvas with Royal Purple CI, the darker ones are old jeans with Autumn Wheat. Gorgeous, huh!

Step 5: For shabby flowers, use your finger nail to rub and fray the edges of the petals.

Step 6: glue all layers of your flower together and add a center.

Did you know that you can take the Jeweled Inspirations from CI and alter the color using an alcohol based marker (like Sharpies)?

Step 7: Scrunch your flower up... I like to scrunch it up around the center jewel, but you can scrunch it any way you see fit.

Step 8: Gently un-scrunch your flower, and you are ready to use!

These can be made in any size or shape with what ever fabric you want. Try layering different types of fabric for a fun twist.... the flower here is layered with tulle... Try using different things for centers... buttons, pearls, charms, beads... anything you want!  If you don't like the shabby look, just don't scrunch the edges.  Make it fit your project and style, make it yours!



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