I love fleece. The first thing I ever designed (this was way back before having two-legged kids) was a fleece-lined dog coat for our Great Dane. Fleece has been my favorite fabric every since!
Currently, I have two fleece patterns available. The Drew & Jesse fleece lounge/pj set, and the Muskoka (formerly called Autumn Grace) Dress (that's the one pictured above, including the "So Cozy Cowl" from the Expansion Pack ). Both of these patterns are staples in my own kids' wardrobes, and because of that I have quite a collection of fleece scraps built up! So today I'm going to show you five quick ways to make use of those of the scraps of fleece you might have lying around... flowers.
Each of these flowers only takes about 5 minutes to make, and you can play around with embellishments like buttons or leaf shapes too.
So... let's get started!
The first thing you need is some materials. You'll need fleece of course, as well as a needle and thread. You'll also need something to create circle shapes. For the larger circles, I used a 7" plate and for most of the smaller circles (I free-handed some) I used a water glass. (Hint: Fleece is awesome for many reasons, including the fact that it will hold an "impression"... if you're using a cup or something else to make your circles, press and give it a twist against the surface of the fleece and it will leave a circle impression for you to cut or trace around!) No fancy tools required!
1. Cut out TWO circles slightly larger than you want your finished flower to be (mine is 7"). Place wrong sides together. Also choose a large button or cut a circle of contrasting fleece for the flower center.
2. Place the center button or circle loosely on the middle of the larger circle (don't stitch it on). CUT 5 straight lines from the outside edge, stopping at the edge of the center button/circle.
3. STITCH the shape of your petals, with a 1/4" seam allowance. This is just free sewing and it adds to the charm if your petals end up slightly different sizes or shapes, so don't worry to much about being perfect!
4 & 5. This is what your flower will look like now (4). Trim 1/8" from your stitching all the way around the petals to make it look like (5).
6. Stitch on your center button, or stitch 1/8" around the edge to attach your center fleece circle.
DONE! If you want to attach to a dress, like on my Autumn Grace, place stitches through the back layer of each petal and also in the center.
1. To make a flower approximately 3" wide, cut a 7" circle, making the edge slightly wavy as you cut.2. Cut a spiral toward the center of the circle. You can make this line straight (like the flower on the left) or wavy (the one on the right), and for a flower this size the width that you cut should be approximately 1/2"-3/4" wide.
3. Starting at the outside end of the strip (where you started cutting), start to roll it together.
4. Continue rolling until you have only a couple inches remaining, of what used to be the very center of the circle.
5. With a needle and thread, secure all the layers of the flower on the underside. Start in the center and push your needle through all the layers of the roll right to the outside (leaving those last couple inches loose).
6. Reverse directions, stitching back in toward the center. Do this repeatedly several times around the flower (5 or 6 times will secure everything nicely), going from center to the outside, then back again like spokes on a wheel, ending in the center.
7. Fold the loose flap that remains over the underside of your flower, and secure it with a few stitches to the very center.
8. Cut off any excess remaining on that flap to make it neat.
DONE! This flower also looks really cute if you have some green fleece cut into a couple leaf-shapes. You can stitch them on the underside so they are just peeking out past the flower.
1. Cut a long narrow piece of fleece. Mine is 20"x5" and makes a 5" flower. Fold in half lengthwise.
2 & 3. Make cuts approximately 1/2" apart all the way along the FOLD side of your fleece. The cuts should go about 2/3 of the way into the fabric.
4 & 5. Keeping it folded, start rolling the whole length, until it looks like (5).
6. Secure the layers with a needle and thread. Starting in the center, stitch through all the layers, reverse and stitch back to the center, then repeat several times around the underside of the flower like spokes on a wheel.
DONE! You can fancy this flower up a bit by putting a button in the center.
1. Cut circles the size of the flower you want. I used the top of a water glass for mine (approx. 3") and cut out 9 circles. Larger flowers will need more circles, smaller ones will need less.
2. . Grab a circle at the center and pinch together.
3. Stitch through the point you've created at the center.
4. Attached the "petal" piece you've just created to one of the other circles by stitching it on at the center. Keep your needle and thread attached.
5. Take another circle and pinch it as you did with the first on. Using the same thread (be sure your needle and thread are on the top side of the base), stitch through the bottom point of this new "petal" piece, and attach it also to the base. REPEAT until the bottom of your flower base is full (I used 5 circles to create the petals for this layer).
6. This is how your flower will look with a single layer of petals.
7. Flatten out the petals you have attached so far, and bring your needle and thread up through the center.
8. Attach additional petal circles, as you did with the first round. Stitch each one to the very center. Your flower will get fuller the more petal circles you add.
DONE! If your flower is less full, or simply if you wish, you can attach a button at the center to add some more flair to this flower too!
1. For this flower, you need three sizes of circles. I have five 3" circles, five 2.5" circles, and five 2" circles. This finished flower is 5.5".
2. Take one of the largest circles and stitch as shown. (needle from the bottom up, then down, then up, then down). Pull tight.
3. Stitch this petal to the center of one of your medium sized circles.
4. Repeat, making each of your large petals and attaching them at the center of the flower base.
5 & 6. Second Row. Same process as before, only this time you are attaching only four petals. Stitch all petals through the center of the flower base.
7 & 8. Third Row. Same process again, this time with three petals.
9. Attach a button at the center of your flower.
DONE! You can change the shape of these petals by making some (such as the outside layer) or all of them more "egg" shaped!
And there you go... five flowers in only five minutes each! I hope you enjoyed this scrap-busting project!
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