The Loose Lollypop Flower

So, get ready for a bunch of posts about flowers. It’s going to be a bit of a fabric flower week, I’m afraid. I’m making a necklace with a whole slew of fabric flowers, so I decided to do mini tutorials on each kind of flower I do. I’ll just keep posting ’til I’m done, and then I’ll slam all those tutorials into one fatty fabric flower post.

A word on my photos. I live in a basement, and hence my lighting is crappy, and all my pictures turn out pretty crappy. If anyone has any tips on how to make basement-lit photos look better, I’m all ears. Until then, don’t judge me.

This first flower I’ll call the..Loose Lollypop Flower. Go with it.

The loosely twisted lolly pop fabric flower

Start with a strip of fabric about 1″ by 22″.

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and a small square cut from tulle.

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put your needle through the end of the strip,fabric flower tutorial

and secure it with a few whip stitches in the center of your tulle.

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Make a loose twist, and secure by bringing your needle up through the tulle, around the fabric, and back down into the tulle, making sure you do so CLOSE to the center. You should have made a loose curve arch with your fabric–it’s secured at the base AND the end of the curve.

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Now just keep going. Make loose twists, with some puffy slack, and secure at the end of the little poof, close to the previous poof. Sorry, I’m having a hard time explaining this… Always make sure your needle goes up through the tulle, around your fabric and back down through the tulle. Sometimes one loop around with my thread doesn’t secure it tight, so I go around again.

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Keep going ’til you have a flower the size you want, and then tightly secure the last poof. Cut your tail, leaving a half an inch or so, and then hide it by tacking it down behind the flower.

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Done. If you want you can burn off little frayed edges poking out with a candle starter fire thing. You know, those fire starting things?? You may want to keep your excess tulle, especially if you’re going to put it on a shirt. It’s easier to sew around the flower, on the tulle, with your machine than it is to hand stitch the flower on. FYI. Good luck making pretty flowers.

The loosely twisted lolly pop fabric flower


10 Comments

beckie

this is going to sound like a lot of work but here is how to take a decent pic in a basement apt:

either open your window or set up shop with every light in the place aimed at subject. turn off your flash and use a tripod. if object doesn’t move then this works great especially if you leave the shutter open a little longer. if object moves-as in is a small child-then you’ll have to use the flash to capture the frame.

I love these flowers. I have been experimenting myself lately and I hadn’t thought of a couple of these so I will have to add to my repetoire (SP)

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Sarah Phillips

Thank you for this! I love how these look on headbands for newborn baby pictures and am going to try making some on my own. I realize this is an old post, but my tip for taking better pictures in your basement would be to play with the white balance settings on your camera. Correct white balance will make a huge difference!

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Cristina Barnes

Thank you for taking the time to make these tutorials. I know all to well how much work goes into preparing these and you have done a fabulous job. I’ve spent most of the day looking for something like this as my BFF is getting married and my daughter is the Flower Girl I’m the Maid of honor and my 2 sons are ring boys. So needless to say I am spending a fortune just getting ready and I am trying to save money anywhere I can. I am doing the hair access. for my daughter another girl and the other 2 bridesmaids and myself. I will post pics on my website and link them to yours.

As for pic tips here is what I did (I also work with limited space and light… my garage) at Michael’s I bought a white tri-fold foam board $8.00 clearance 2 lights at yard sale $5/both “daylight” lightbulb (has like a blueish tint) Tripod $1.00 Goodwill Poster board different colors 2/$1 Dollar tree. The trifold acts as a lightbox as it bounces the light then fold flat and hides behind couch then play with the 2 lights by placing object and moving them until you see no shadow. now what I do with the poster board is use it as a backdrop but no putting it upright instead letting it curve so that hmmm how to explain lol… ok so that half of it is on the “floor” of your “lightbox”and the other half is up on the “wall” of your light box and all this does is give it a smooth look hides the lines where foam board meets table,floor, couch or what ever you happen to have the foam board sitting lol well hope that kinda made sense. Oh yeah and be sure to turn off the flash on your camera or you pic will have a yellowish tint eghhh lol

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Miriam

Thanks so much Cristina for commenting, and for those great photo tips! Our camera was stolen about six months ago, (right before my third baby was born), and it has been so frustrating trying to get decent photos since then. I’ve been using an older point and shoot, and while super grateful for it (a friend gave it to us when ours was stolen), I can’t wait to upgrade. I can’t believe you found a tripod for a a buck! What a find! I can’t wait to try some of your tips!

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Jules

I keep trying to make this flower and it doesn’t come out looking anything like yours. 🙁 I need just a little more help after you do the first twist . . . Maybe one more pix with just two twists? Thanks so much!!!!

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sheetal

hi!
these are lovely…i’m surely going to try out these.could you try making rose with thin material ribbon?i want to a make bunch of roses along the side of my cushion cover..

Thank you..
Sheetal

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