How To Make "The" Rolled Flower Tutorial
- Strip of fabric at least 3" wide by ~30" long
- 1.5" felt square
- Hot glue gun
Hmmm. What?? You've seen these before? Of course you have! These flowers are EVERYWHERE you look. They are super popular on Etsy and rampant all over the internet. Why? Because they are quick and EASY! I have had dozens of requests for a tutorial on how to make these. Since this is such a popular and prevalent design, I have decided to give you this tutorial for free! These are super easy and meant for the absolute beginner crafter. And for all you "non-crafty" people, here is the best part:
They require NO sewing! Not a single stitch!
So let's dive right in...
Take a piece of scrap fabric (I am using dupioni silk I purchased from High Fashion Fabrics).
Cut a small slit 3" over from the left edge of your fabric as shown below in the photo.
Then, rip the fabric all the way down to the other end. Do not cut it, rip it! My piece is 33" long so in the end I have a 3" by 33" strip.
*Note: You can use any strip length. The shorter your strip, the smaller your flower will be. You can also play with the width and increase it from 3" if you want a thicker flower.
Tie a knot on one end of your strip.
Place a dollop of hot glue in the center of your 1.5" felt square.
Place your knot directly on top of your dollop of glue and hold it in place until firmly secured.
Next we will do a five step process to make the rolled flower.
Before you do any of this, make sure your knot is firmly in place and that the glue is dry.
1st: TWIST your strip. Play around with the twisting to create different effects. A tight twist will create a really flat flower. A looser twist will create a thicker, fuller rolled flower (if you want a fuller flower, I also recommend using a wider strip than 3").
2nd: Lightly GLUE AROUND the center knot in small increments as shown in the photo below. If you don't want to use hot glue, you can use a fast drying Tacky Glue or sew instead. Be careful not to use too much glue, or it will seep through your rolled layers and make a huge mess!
3rd: ROLL your twisted strip around the knot. The glue will secure your rolling in place.
4th: Continue rolling and gluing your twisted strip around the center of the flower as shown below.
5th: When you get to the end of your strip, simply glue the end under the edge of the flower as shown.
Optional: Glue a circle of felt or fabric cut to size onto the back of your flower to leave a finished look.
Now your first rolled flower is finished! You can use these for just about anything! Add lace,
rhinestones, or feathers for a posh polish.
Below are a few inspirational ideas:
Be inspired and make these flowers to your heart's content, but please don't replicate my designs for commercial use with these exact fabrics and color combinations. Enjoy!