Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fun Fabric Tutorial - and a Card Too!

Happy Tuesday everyone!
I'm so happy to report that Emma is feeling better and has gone back to school! Yay! You know what that means - Mama can get some work done! LOL!

Today, I have a fun tutorial for you showing how I created the Fabric Flowers I've shown you in my last two posts! I even created a whole different card with a fun theme just for the tutorial! I took photos of just about each step and many of you won't need all of them, but for those of you who might or who want to share this with other stampers, they are here for you. So it's kind of a long post - Are you ready?!

Ok! Here's the card:

I KNOW, cute huh?!! :) I'll share more about the finished card at the end, for now, let me show you the steps I used to make the pinwheel/flower.

1.) Unfold your fabric (I used the Candy Cane Christmas from SU! which is still available!) and cut a 2" strip with your Paper and Craft Scissors. These are my ribbon/fabric scissors only and they cut like 'buttah'!
2.) You will have a piece that is 2" wide x 28" long end to end.

3.) Place the cut ends just over the cut line of the Tasteful Trim die (I used the wide rik-rak section)
4.) Place the fold end just inside the other end of this section. I folded the fabric back on itself, creating another fold. This gives you maximum length from your cut fabric.

5.) See where I marked the cut line with my White Gel Pen? I do this on a lot of my dies so I can see the cut lines much better. The Gel Pen doesn't come off on your material either.

6.) Run the die and fabric through the Big Shot with the Extended Cutting Pads.

7.) Remove the excess edges from your new fabric ribbon that you've cut. (I just throw the excess away, but my clients would fight me for it! So, girls, it's in my trash can now if you want to come by! :) )
8.) Here is your fabric ribbon strip.

9.) Next, cut a piece of the Sticky Pages sheets at 2 1/2" square.

10.) You also need a piece of Whisper White (or other cardstock) cut at 2 1/2" square.

11.) Peel back the adhesive.....

12.) And adhere the Sticky Sheet to the cut cardstock.

13.) Using the Circles #2 Die, cut this piece using the 2nd largest circle. (I've marked my circles A thru D. The A circle likes being first, it's smiling at us! )

14.) Run the piece through the Big Shot, orange side down. I don't know why, I just do it that way......

15.) Here's your cut circle.

16.) Peel back the orange film......

17.) And start to attach your fabric ribbon to the circle.

18.) You'll just 'gather' it around the circle with your fingers a little bit at a time. What's nice is that you can reposition it fairly easily if you don't like where it landed. But really, don't be too fussy with it, it will look better if you just go with it......

19.) It's not going to look real pretty right away, but you can see the flower start to take shape.

20.) When you go all the way around, just keep going, gathering it closer in to the center of the circle.

21.) See, you're getting there!

22.) Now, just snip off the excess fabric ribbon with your Paper and Craft Scissors. And for goodness sakes, save the excess for another project! LOL!

23.) Next, thread your button choice with ribbon or Linen Thread. Here, I used the 1/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and one of the Candy Cane Christmas Real Red buttons.
I started from the back because I wanted the criss-cross look on my button.

24.) We're getting there.......

25.) Ok, now trim the excess ribbon. No, you don't need to save these scraps! :)

26.) Add a few Mini-Glue Dots to the back.

27.) And attach it to the center of your flower! Doesn't that look pretty?!!

Now, here's the finished card again:

The striped pattern of this fabric looked so much like a pinwheel when I had it all finished that I decided to go whimsical with this card. I LOVE it!

The cardstock is Whisper White and Baja Breeze. I ran the top layer through the Big Shot with my Perfect Polka-Dots folder then sponged it all over with Blushing Bride ink.

I stamped the greeting with one of my favorite stamp sets, Smarty Pants. These messages are so fun! This was punched out with the Decorative Label Punch and sponged as well.

To finish the card, I simply wrapped the bottom with some Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and tied a jaunty little knot on the left side. The pinwheel stick is a piece of drinking straw cut down and attached with Mini-Glue Dots.

So, there you go, a fun card with a fun new tutorial. I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make these fabric flowers. I'd love to see what you make with them, so be sure to leave me a comment with a link to your project, ok?

And as always, if you need the supplies to create this and any of my other projects shown here on the blog, my Stampin' Up! Online Store is open 24/7 just for you! Click HERE to visit my website and click the SHOP NOW button at the top right to purchase what you need!
Sale-A-Bration is still on until March 31st, so all your orders of $50 will earn YOU a FREE product! That's cool!

Stamped blessings everyone!


  1. If you've ever heard Shannon West say the word in operatic joy, "Awe-some!", that's me right now! From the hint of using our gel pen to mark those dies, to your friends telling you to save every little scrap of fabric (my Bee would kill me to see my trash can right now ...). I'm not sending my stampers here to see the tutorial right away .... give me a month of them thinking I'm genius will ya? [I'm reaching through the computer screen and hugging your neck right now]


  2. Very well done Robin... LOVE the pinwheel effect!! Love the striped pole too!! Have to try this.Don't you love those fabrics!!

  3. Oh Robin I just LOVE this! I'm a sucker for lollipop flowers, and this one is awesome! I did a hand sewing one a few days ago on my blog:
    I'm going to have to try yours too!

  4. So cute! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing the tutorial!


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