8.19.2010

Make a Fabric Carnation- Tutorial

My birth flower is Carnation and I have to admit that I spent most of my life despising the flower.  I just didn't like it.  That was until a certain episode of Sex in the City where Carrie had a HUGE bouquet of pink ones (you know, the episode where she smashed the entire vase of them in anger). Seeing them in such a huge arrangement made them look like a big fluffy tutu! So I have a new appreciation for the ruffly little flowers.

I just got a couple fun feet for my sewing machine (I had only ever used the feet that came with the machine), but in the set that I ordered came a ruffler foot.  So I popped it on, grabbed a scrap strip of fabric I had torn for a braided rug experiment and got this.
This strip of fabric has a frayed edge that was created by ripping the fabric rather than cutting.  Using my ruffle foot (you can do a long straight stitch and gather by pulling a thread for the same affect) sew down one edge the length of your strip.
Start rolling your strip dotting a bit of hot glue as you go and a few extra pleats in your ruffle.  Just bunch it up in a rolling motion.
When you have it all secured, add glue to anywhere it's still loose and fluff!
I got my ruffle foot as part of this set from HSN.  It is made by singer but comes with a universal attachment for other machines.  Enjoy!


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18 comments:

  1. That is so easy but so cute. I love how the edge of the fabric is frayed. I'm going to have to get a ruffle attachment for my machine. So cute!

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  2. That is gorgeous. I'm planning a surprise party for my mum this saturday - I'd love to make a whole bunch of them and string them on a garland ... hmmm I wonder will I fit that in amongst all the other things I have to do :o)

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  3. I bought a ruffler attachment last year after seeing someone use it on a blog. LOVE IT! So easy to use and so fun! It is the greatest invention ever. I am always finding excuses to add ruffle to something. I found found using regular ribbon instead of fabric to be quick and easy as well. Have fun with it. I love the flower you did.

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  4. Oh I like it! Now - I can't wait to see what you do with these pretty flowers!

    I have been meaning to buy a ruffler foot. Now I am feeling inspired. THANKS!

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  5. I totally hated carnations until that episode, too! That was a nice poofy arrangement.

    Now I want a ruffler foot, too.

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  6. wow, so lovely! a ruffler foot...didn't know they existed! love it!

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  7. I soooooo love this!!!! I need to make all kinds of these so that I can all kinds of flowers in my hair a la Going to San Fransisco like Scott McKenzie tell me to

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  8. I love this! I'm hoping to get a sewing machine soon so I definitely will have to try this.

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  9. It's adorable and would look good as a hair piece for a small girl, on a belt at the waist of a dress or on a fall jacket's lapel. Really neat!

    Di

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  10. I have that foot! I have never gotten a good ruffle out of it though, maybe you could do a quick tute?

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  11. Thank you for posting this tutorial...my birth flower is a carnation as well; I guess I'll be making bunches of these!!
    I'm new follower as well, it's nice to meet you.
    I look forward to more great blogs from you.

    Lisa

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  12. Is the ruffle attachment the same as a gathering foot? Because I have one of those and from what you're describing it seems to do the same thing

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  13. I really need a ruffle foot. That is on my to-do list. Very cute tutorial!


    xoxo
    Jen

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  14. That is so pretty!! I love how the frayed edges mimic the fringed petals of a carnation!

    I linked to your tutorial over on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-frayed-fabric-carnations/2010/08/20/

    --Anne

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  15. ok, so I went out and got this foot but I'm doing something wrong with it cause I still seem to just be doing a straight stitch rather than creating a ruffle?!? Any suggestions? PS. I'm a new follower :)

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  16. I love the flower. I must make this one!

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  17. Where did the pics go? I would love to make one of these but need the guidance of photos. :-) Shelley

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