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How to Make Fabric Tulips | a Shabby Fabrics Craft Sewing Tutorial



hi I'm Jennifer from shabby fabrics today I'm going to show you how to make these adorable fabric tulips they're so quick and easy and you know I love to give fresh flowers but then of course you know they they Wilton eventually died so this is the great thing about giving a fabric bouquet is it'll live forever so let me show you how easy this is the the tulips that we made behind me were made from these gorgeous fabrics falsi firm from benartex now we have all of these are a different set of fat aides not fat quarters but that is which is a 9 by 20 to 21 to 22 inch piece of fabric does it's just that this the rainbow of colors is absolutely beautiful and we did ours in greens and purples but of course if you love pink or maybe kind of that red I mean or even the yellow there's such a beautiful array there's two packs that you'll definitely want to consider four stems and that's the rainforest set or the marsh set we'll be working with the rainforest set today and we also have some purples so just know there is a beautiful complement of fabrics available on the website all the time so and that's just under the fossil front of course you can go into the fat quarter sets as well and that's twice as much fabric in each pack and there's another beautiful array of colors so let's put that aside for now and let me show you just how simple it is to make our fabric tulips so the first thing you'll want to do is go to the shabby fabrics website on the homepage at the very bottom there's a link that says free downloads go ahead and click that you're looking for the fabric tulips and you'll be printing out two pages one is for the actual flower portion and the other one's for the stem so once that's printed out you'll go ahead and just cut that out on the line for the leaf you'll be cutting out there's the front of the leaf in the back of the leaf so you'll take your fat aid this is what the fat it looks like and just fold it in half like this and we'll be using that for both the stem and the leaf now before I go ahead and put the template on for the leaf let's just go and cut out the actual stem and that's a two and a half inch by ten and a half inch piece and when you cut that here you'll be getting two stems which is great so if you're going to be making up a bouquet you'll be getting two stems out of this one fabric you will get just one leaf but you'll get two stems so if you're only going to be making one flower just put that extra piece aside you'll need one two and a half by ten and a half inch piece for the stem and then with the leaf template you would of course just put this on here you can trace this around with your friction pen like here the other thing I like to do sometimes rather than hold the pattern is I just like to pin it in place that's always a great thing to do so just frees up your hands a little bit um I know before I started on doing a lot of quilting and DIY I'd sometimes just put the pattern down and actually just so um cut but more than on more than one occasion I actually cut my template now in this case it's not a big deal you could always download it again but when you've purchased a pattern you know and you've cut into it inadvertently well you kind of ruin the pattern so that's why I like to instead of just cutting with the scissors where I could potentially cut that paper I like to go ahead and just trace around that with the friction pen and then just obviously take the pattern away put it again cut out and I've done that ahead of time filling that out now before I even go on to how to cut the flower what you'll do to prepare the leaf I'm gonna show um if you can see this here we started selling here a quarter it seemed came to the point came back around and stopped and then you'll simply turn that through now one thing that you can do which helps to reduce bulk is you can just trim off those that point you can kind of just feather that through if you want a nice point on your right here you want that to be achieved well sometimes the bulk of just where everything comes together precludes that so if you tread a little bit away you're more likely if you get a better point on that let's go with this stand portion before you can get onto the flower your starts going to look like so you've got that long piece of fabric you'll simply go right sides together you could pin that but you know let's just put a couple pins in it every time every time lesson from Jennifer every time I am tempted to skip the step of pinning I regret that I end up seen ripping instead and I don't like a same ripping or what some people call unsewn it's not my favorite thing to do I like to sew not on so so just pin all the way down and because you need to have one and open for stuffing you'll simply sew a quarter of an inch along here a quarter of an inch along the long side turn that right side out and then let me just get this out of the way what we look look how firm this is you have to really stuff that full and what I found works really well is the wooden spoons that I use for mixing up things or just the wooden spools with the long handle work great for really jamming down the stuffing now you could add a wire in there for even more stiffness but this is pretty stiff right now and this is just stuffing and make sure you leave that opening closed we kind of tucked the raw edges down so when the flower portion is ready it'll feed right into there so that let's put that aside for now I'll go I'll go off-camera eventually and I'll just turn this leaf right side out and then I'll show you how we attach it to the stand but for now let's go ahead and go to the flower that's the fun part anyway isn't it so let's do that now how you lay out your your template for the flower portion is a little more specific it really uses almost the entire fat eight so you've got your pattern pieces cut out this is of course this is this portion out here and then this is for the middle and you'll need two of these so I want you to take note I want you to a good shot of that um let's just let's lay it out like that because that's just like before we flip it right sighs together okay but you can almost not tell what's the right side the wrong side on this fabric but that's the right side this is the wrong side and we just kind of got that in that corner traced it around same story here and then that you go ahead and cut all that out which we've done ahead of time I'll bring that out okay okay so you have two of those now I want you probably can't see it really well but what we did with this is we started stitching here came all the way around a quarter of an inch and finished right here and you're going to repeat that for the other ones so they're going to look just like that starting here a quarter inch all the way around and ending right there this whole upper portion will be open with the actual center of the flower we started here stitched a quarter of an inch at that point make that pivot come back down stop me and of course goes without saying but I'm going to say it anyway whenever you stop for an area because you're going to be stuffing that of course the center of the flower is stuffed you always want to reinforce the stitches in the beginning and at the end because as you stuff those will tend to come on stitched if you don't lock those stitches in so I will I think we've got this done ahead of time we did well my team is so good they always get me all ready to go for these videos I could not possibly do this without them so thank you to the team at shabby that helps us make all this video actually happen um we went ahead after we did that sewing remember how we pin we sewed and you're just going to go ahead and you're just going to turn that right-side out and you'll we use a turning tool which we have available on the website and you'll just press that out okay so we've done that ahead of time and when you turn the center out you'll just simply stuff it just stuff it until it has a nice fullness like you want to be the center of a flower now how this lays out is so neat so you'll lay this out like this okay and now I now watch how I do this I'm gonna let me do it again so you've got these notches right one set of notch goes right over the other turn so they keep stacking on top of each other and stacked on top of each other once again now I'm going to go ahead and pin all of that that's a lot of fabric right there now what I'm going to I'm just kind of mark this so you're going to see it you don't have to mark this because you're going to know what to do but I want to show you where you're going to start in a quarter of an inch and you're going to sew and you are you are going to stay don't be tempted to go straight across because your flowers not going to have that nice curve right here so you're truly going to be paralleling that edge but then at the end you kind of just fade it out you see how I drew that how it just kind of fades out rather than just has an abrupt end again that's just so the flower has a nice smooth transition same story here starting in a quarter you'll just paralleling paralleling and you're going to go beyond this place go past this place and kind of just fade it out okay so I'm going to go ahead and I'm gonna go to the sewing machine I'm going to sew that and then I will turn that through I'm just going to literally flip it in fact we'll do that stuff together I won't turn it through let's do that together when I come back I'm going to have my leaf turned out I'm going to have this stitch and we'll go the next step together I've got my leaf turned out and I've sewn those curves on the tulip but I have not turned that quite yet now I wanted to mention while we were off off-camera had a little bit of a struggle to turn the leaf through and I use the turning tool that we have they loan website and not just like boom that made it so much easier and we got nice and pressed on our leaf I want to show you this we went ahead and did a top stitch it just looks cool plus does the vein so I'm going to use my friction pen and I might just draw something interesting here and stitch that now if I don't like that this is my favorite disappearing trick you know this if you've watched any of my other videos I didn't really like where I did that I'm going to just iron that away and start again that's the beauty of the friction pen so don't be tempted to use a permanent marker unless you feel so confident that that's where you want that line so I like to use the friction pen and I'm gonna maybe draw up like this so I would take this to the sewing machine at this point stitch maybe an eighth of an inch inside the edge and also go ahead and stitch that line and I'm using the masterpiece superior threads color 135 today and that's what I like to have my color charts right in front of me these are available as well there's 75 beautiful colors and I just like to have this as a reference in my sewing room so when I do have live fabric and I'm trying to choose the best thread color I'm this is actual thread on here I'm matching live fabric to live thread and so I really can't make a bad choice because I'm seeing live color here so I've picked a coordinating color and I would go ahead and stitch that instead of a now just to save time I won't do that on camera but what we'll do at this point remember how we've got this stuff okay let's just let that me right now that's the opening so make sure that's up on the top and then looking at what we have here you can decide you know where you want that leaf to hit we kind of liked how it kind of cuffed behind the flower but if you want that to be even more you just position it wherever you want to be and now I'm just going to go ahead and tuck those ends up and that can be part of when you do your top stitching on your leaf you would just tuck those and you would just catch that when you're stitching around the leap so that doesn't have to be it's kind of an all-inclusive step in and that's a good reason right there to do that top stitch so let's just tuck it in for now and know that you would just secure that with a stitch but you'll have a needle and thread handy and you can SH again use your color cards to choose the best color of thread and notice how I just kind of cup it around so I've got a needle and thread not at one end and I do have two strands here just because I will be kind of tugging in there now I don't want my stitching to show through on the backside so you'll just kind of get in there this is what I call kind of just figured out there's some things are very clear-cut how to accomplish and other things you just kind of make it work this is a make it work moment I'm going to try to hide the stitching as best as I can you know I've got two layers here so I'm able to kind of put that thread in between those layers you see how I'm just kind of working it through you just make it work we'll put in a couple more stitches here so you can see how and the more coordinated your thread is the less you have to disguise it so we'll do that and then you can just attach to tie it off you can kind of just go right back down in there and kind of hide it in behind there I think see one thing we could do it guess it does kind of just always flop a little bit the higher up you have that leaf the more it's going to want to flop I might even kind of run run this needle up this is absolutely on the fly right now I'm just making this up with you as I go because I noticed that leaf kind of wants to flop back a little bit I might run that thread up the back of that stem just like I'm doing right now and grab a little bit of that portion of that leaf let's see if this works well and we can kind of just run it through that stem this is the part of crafting where you just make it work that worked pretty well because now it keeps that back it keeps it from flopping down this much and I can kind of just keep running that up the back and secure it that way now let me tag that off just because I want to get to the flower portion we had sown around the curves like I mentioned and now we'll go ahead and turn that around turn that through together so let's just get to that step because that's that's the fun part too let's turn that through again if you feel you need to reduce some bulk you can always trim some of that fabric away and we need that portion to come through there and let's use that turning tool hey I got that thing out for a reason tonight wasn't just to show you but to now use it okay so this is there we go has some nice curves to it the center portion we had stuff now we want to certainly want to get that in there that's going to take just a little bit of time to work that in there you might want to go ahead using some thread and just wrap that around there so it's a little bit more umph to hang on to I might even add a little bit of stuffing in here again so it's a little bit more umph to hang on to now I'm going to work off-camera I'm going to work this end down into there I might even reach in there and try to grab it and I'm going to nestle that down inside there now that I have the center of the tulip stuffed inside the outsides a little awkward so if it's if you're struggle with that so did I so we're all in this together let's take this to the sewing machine now that I know that that Center I've given a good tug I don't want it to go anywhere there it is I don't want it to go anywhere when I'm attaching the flower to the actual stem so I'm going to take all of this is going to be bulky and my my old featherweight here hopefully can handle this we will go ahead and sew right across the base of that so we're going to catch ever things together great then while you're at it while you're at that sewing machine just grab some of that bobbin thread or the top thread whatever you're using I'll show you what we're going to do with that just grab a I don't know 18 inch piece of that let's trim those threads away then this is a pretty narrow opening for the stem I want to make this circular so we'll go in here better because right now it's kind of kind of flattened out so I'm going to just take that thread and I'm just going to begin to wrap it around so that it too becomes circular now I can go ahead and I think I think you probably should trim off some of this because otherwise it's not going to want to fit in that opening very well at all so that's trimmed away have a needle and thread handy this part is another one of those make-it-work moments where you're basically trying to fit this flower into that opening and then secure it so you're just going to shove that down in there as best you can this is not a fast process and with needle and thread I'm just going to come up from underneath here how do you my knot this is where you do want to have a nice coordinating thread so you don't have to do too much disguising of having that thread and you're just going to work your way around this taking small stitches and you might have to go around twice you'll just keep working your way around until you're completely done so I hope you enjoyed learning how to make fabric tulips from shabby fabrics

26 Comments

  1. Tut Secret

    I love your videos. I don't want to teach the priest how pray. How about you try to flip, turn the leaf the opposite side so that the seam gets totally hidden. And won't need to worry how you sew the end of the leaves.

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  2. Its Sew You...

    I've been making these for a week. I'm using them as scatter centerpieces on the tables for our guilds Spring Banquet, which is on Thursday. As the program/education director it falls to me to plan this event and as someone that lived on Whidbey Island, WA and in Seattle , I thought it would be lovely to share the flowers of the Skagit Valley with my Illinois quilting sisters. Thanks for this wonderful pattern. It's elegant in its simplicity, just like the live tulip.

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  3. Rebecca Joyner

    We call seam ripping "frog stitching". Rip it, rip it… 🙂 super cute! I've made the fabric chain and going to try the stars soon, and maybe this right after that. I used the fabric chain to decorate our hay bale this fall and we've gotten lots of compliments on it!

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  4. ET

    I love these. Plan to make a few for Mother's Day. What a beautiful treat for MOM.
    Thanks for all the great ideas you share with us. I love so many of them!

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  5. ET

    I love these. Plan to make a few for Mother's Day. What a beautiful treat for MOM.
    Thanks for all the great ideas you share with us. I love so many of them!

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  6. Trudy Thomas

    maybe if you put the wire in the stem, you can bend it to arrange in vase, also if you use thin wire in leaf it would hold up better on the stem. a pair of tweeters would work to bring it thru the bottom

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  7. Mari A

    I printed the pattern yesterday, and glued it to a piece of cardboard, cut it and now I have a sturdy template.
    Thanks they're very beautiful and will start making them today 😊

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  8. Fatima Lima

    Boa tarde.Muito obrigada por responder minha pergunta em português.Ainda não domino o inglês, mas estou estudando.Consegui baixar os moldes.Você é um amor de pessoa.Ah sim, adoro sua máquina de costura cor de rosa!!!!Um beijo em seu coração e fica com Deus!!!!

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