Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Rose Is A Rose Tutorial...Part 1

Interested in learning how to make a rose for any season, no gardening shears required?

A Rose Is A Rose Tutorial...Part 1
How to Make the Rose

Would you believe that I made my rose out of a $1.49 Goodwill outfit?

Supplies: Any sort of velvet-like material could be used. You'll need enough material to cut an 18 inch long by about 4 1/2 inch wide strip. Red thread and needle and a sewing machine.

When you have your piece cut out, fold it in half {velvet facing in}.

Starting from one of the ends, sew from the fold on an angle to the open edge and then continue to sew up the length. Use a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance. *This fabric stretches and can be difficult to sew. Pinning makes will make it easier.

Trim the excess off of the angled end.

Turn the material right side out.

Tuck the angled tip back into the body squaring it off again.

Begin to tightly roll the end with the tucked in tip.

As you roll the material, secure the roll in place with needle and thread. Simply pull your needle from one side of the roll to the other side one or two times.

Continue to tightly roll the material {approximately 4 times around} and stitch it into place as you go every half turn.

After {about} your fourth rotation around, start rolling the next rotations a little lower than the one before. Instead of tightly rolling the entire width of the material, as you have for the first 4 rotations, allow the top of the material more slack. Securely attach the base of the material for these rotations to the bottom of the flower/roll.

You can twist your fabric, fold your fabric or whatever else you decide to give the fabric a more layered feel. Your material should be taking on a more flower like appearance. There is no rhyme or reason, trust your instincts and make adjustments with each new rotation.

As you work your way around each new rotation, begin to stitch the bottom of your rose closed. This will help, with each new rotation, maintaining the closed bottom and open blossoming top shape you are trying to achieve.

Continue rolling the material, defining the shape as you go.

When you reach the size and shape rose you are happy with, work the last section down the side and onto the bottom of the rose instead of around another rotation.

Depending on how tightly or loosely you roll your flower up, you may end up with excess material that you can simply cut off. I had extra.

If you need to cut off the excess, fold the raw edges back into the material.

Sew the end of the material to the base of your flower. Cleanly and tightly sew the bottom of the rose closed.

Green thumb or not, you now have a perfect red rose guaranteed not to wilt.

Come back tomorrow and see how to make the stem.

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