Thursday October 20, 2011

I had this post planned for Show & Tell Wednesday, but a class field trip and sick kiddos put me a day behind.  So today I’m breaking out of the mold, going hog wild and doing Show & Tell on Thursday.  What can I say, I’m wild, I’m a rebel (not really… in fact I’m the complete opposite of that. I am rule follower, because after all that’s what they’re for.)

This is a little sneak peak at some things I’ve been working on for the last week.

I was invited to take part in Ladies Night Out next Thursday night.  Ladies Night Out is a fun event hosted at Jake’s Coffee in Ripon (CA).  Vendors set up tables with their wears, and people are able to shop while enjoying fresh coffee and delicious coffee-house treats.  It happens once a month, but this is my first time to participate and I am so excited!  I’ve been busy making hair clips, infant headbands, pins and even doing a little sewing.  I’m hoping to have some more Sunday-go-to-meetin’ bags done by Thursday as well.

Here’s some of the pieces I’ve made so far~


A wide variety of hair clips in lots of fresh, fun colors.  I really had fun this time experimenting with different techniques and materials.  I pulled out everything I had!  The sewing room was quite the site.

I also made some larger flowers with pins on the back.  I thought they would be really pretty on a scarf or jacket.

I made a few infant headbands, I might try to make a few more.

I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without any creative inspiration.  So, I thought i would show you how to make a basic flower rosette.   

I think these are even easier than the folded rose tutorial I did a few months ago.  They’re fun little flowers that can be made to look dressy or playful.  You can use a variety of fabrics (cotton, silk, satin, linen) and you can add little trinkets to the center.

First step: The Supplies

You will also need a glue gun and a sewing machine. 


The 2×32 inch measurement doesn’t need to be precise.  You don’t have to get your straight edge and measuring tape out (unless you like that sort of thing, then by all means have at it).  A strip this wide and long will make a rose that is about 3 inches in diameter.  Longer and wider will make bigger and fatter roses.


Now, fold your fabric in half and lay the netting on top of the fabric.  The fabric is folded over but the netting is not.


Set your machine to the longest stitch setting it has.  DO NOT backstitch! Leave a long tail string, you will need that to gather the material.  Stitch the length of the strip.  Sew closely to the unfinished edge of the material.  Once you get to the end of the strip, do not backstitch, and leave another long tail string.


Hold your fabric in one hand and pull on one of the threads.  Holding the thread tightly, carefully push and gather the layers of fabric with the other hand.

It will look like this when it’s all gathered up.

Now to make the rosette:

Start at one end and make a small tight spiral.  Place a dab of hot glue along the bottom of the spiral to secure it.

Keep spiraling the fabric around the center.  Place a bead of hot glue all along the bottom edge to hold the shape of the rose.

As you spiral gradually flatten the “petals” out.  This will take a little practice but you’ll get the hang of it quickly.

This is what it looks like from the back.

Keep going until you run out of fabric or you like the size of the flower.  Take the unfinished edge and glue it behind the rose.

Next, hot glue the felt circle to the back of the flower.  This hides the stitching and gathers, and gives you a flat, even place to glue the clip.

Using the super glue, glue the hair clip (or pin) to the center of the circle.

All finished!  I recommend making a bunch of roses, sticking them on everything in sight, and giving them to everyone you know.

Have fun playing around and experimenting!  ~April

33 thoughts on “Thursday October 20, 2011

  1. Cestovatelka

    Those fabric flowers are SO AWESOME! Oh wow, that would look so cute as a hair accessory or on my black trench :) I think I’m going to try to follow that tutorial tomorrow!! :D

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  2. ABAHM

    Those are so so cute.  I would like to make a pin…well REALLY,  I wish I could go to Ladies night and BUY one from you…so if you have any you don’t sell, let me know what is left over, and how much one would be.
    Thanks for including the tutorial as well!! It does look doable.  
    I am getting excited about some of the Christmas things I am seeing and will be getting into some projects soon.  First up is making a stocking for my little grandchild.  I have very old fashion big stockings that I cross stitch the names onto an off white cloth, and then sew into velvet socks with trimmings…one of our favorite Christmas morning happenings is our silly, funny, thoughtful little stashes and goodies we all stick in the socks. Secondly, I have some gorgeous linen towels that are over 100 years old.  First i have to soak them as they are spotted and yellowed, and get them clean, and then I think some embroidery on them before making pictures, photos, or towels would be fun. 

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  3. redladybug18

    Just from the way you sew, I would have guessed you were a rule follower :P   I usually follow the rules the first time then realize the ones you don’t need and break them after that :)   For sewing though, I’m kinda  a whip it together kinda person and make is look as good as I can.  I’m not one of those careful slow sewers by any means :)
    You made that rose look so easy!  I’m definitely going to have to try that out.  I still haven’t tried the ones where you burn the edges, those look so cool!

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  4. Shaniqua777

    Oh my gosh. I love every little thing you make. Everything always looks soo cute and I (want) to be motivated to do some of these things, but I really haven’t sewn but 2 things in my life, dont have any fabric or crafty things, let alone a sewing machine! Oh how I wish I could go to the Ladies night outs and just buy from other crafty ladies!! ;)

    Have a great time next week. Im sure you are gonna sell alot of those darling items!!!

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  5. quiet_hearts

    so much pretty! 

    Like others said, this just inspired me to go to your Ladies Night Out and buy from your table.  But thanks for the tutorial.  Maybe one of these days I will make a flower.  My girls have lovely hair to put them in.  And I love scarves, so I know I’d feel smashing with a flower on my sweater. You are so, so creative!

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  6. Richgem

    I agree with everyone else who says these are adorable! I wish I could go to the Ladies’ Night Out and purchase some of their wares; YOuR items would be my favorites, no doubt! I may have to pick up a glue gun and drag out the sewing machine that I am so afraid of and get busy making some nifty little things!

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  7. Elizabethmarie_1

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of those flowers!
    We use the little white ones I won from you all of the time…along with the little bag.
    Thanks again! I get lots of compliments on it. =)

    Enjoyed your show and tell…as usual.

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  8. H0LDfast

    why didn’t i go!!!!
    that is what i’m moaning right now!!! for your sake i hope you sold out. for mine i hope you have some left – i want to come & shop.
    xoxo

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  9. foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown

    i would so be at that ladies night if i were there!!!
    wow April! your creativity is overwhelmingly amazing! so, so many beautiful creations you have shared here and the how to is awesomeness defined!
    and, on an whole other topic…the comment above me…those are probably fabric patterns and colors, right?!?! lol
    a happy, happy weekend to you friend!

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  10. grace_to_be

    these are just way adorable, april!!
    i was looking at that first pic trying to pick a favorite…
    i think i did – - ALL of them!! ;)

    lately i told shayne i’ve had this urge to find an old sewing machine someplace and just go at it – -
    though i’ve never sewed in my life, and would probably sew my fingers together, i’m getting the itch to try~
    and you & things like this is why!

    happy friday dearie~
    i’m off to get ready for a sleepover kate’s having tonight..
    i can hear the noise volume already!! :) :)

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  11. pettybunch

    Love every one of them! My little Arulai and Selah need some of those for their hair, so I’m going to have to give it a try!  Thank you for the tutorial – it’s been a long time!!  But, thanks to your inspiration so far, I did get my machine out and made curtains for my living room – simple, but it’s a start!

    Blessings for your day today!

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  12. down_onthefarm

    these are all so pretty. a.l.l. of them! such fun combinations of colors and patterns.

    and just so you know, i have yet to use my glue gun without recalling you and that hot gun pose of yours!

    hope that the show goes grandly, wish i could be there…and have a great weekend!

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  13. inanorchard

    @promisesunshine - Thank you!  It will be fun, I’m so looking forward to it :)

    @Cestovatelka - I’m so glad you’re going to give it try!  I love your adventurous, give-it-a-try attitude :)   Let me know how it turns out.

    @ABAHM - Jenny, I love the sound of your projects!  Please, please, pretty please, post a picture of your 100 year-old linens!?  Stockings our a big part of our Christmas celebrations too.  I have yet to make the children stockings… how silly is that?!

    @redladybug18 - You have me pegged ;)   I’m a white-knuckled rule follower.  I’m learning to be more adventurous though :)   This flower really is easy and straight forward.  You should try it!

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  14. inanorchard

    @WakeUpLaughing - Thank you so much!  Your are very sweet to say so and thanks for the rec!

    @quiet_hearts - I do love the look of flowers in a little girl’s long hair!  So pretty and old fashioned.  I’m in love with scarfs myself!  They add such a fresh splash of color to the dullest outfits… and most of mine are pretty dull ;)

    @Richgem - DO IT!!  Drag out that old machine and handy-dandy glue gun :)   You have a good eye… yours would be lovely I just know it!

    @Elizabethmarie_1 - Liz it makes me so happy to know that you are getting good use out of your purse and flowers!  It’s fun to make lovely little things but it’s even more satisfying to know they are being used and even worn out :)

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  15. inanorchard

    @punkofzombie - Thanks!  I’m glad you liked them :)

    @foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown -  I would love for you to be there Rachel!  Aren’t those spam comments so annoying?!  Have a great weekend my friend!

    @grace_to_be - Amber you would be really good at this kind of thing!  You have such and excellent eye for color and design… the rest is just mechanical technique that can be learned.  I love that you are thinking about sewing!!

    Have a great time with the girls tonight!  Sounds like fun… and exhausting ;)

    @pettybunch - This would be a fun project to do with little girls!  Good for you for getting out the old machine and getting a project done!  Making curtains has been on my to-do list for over a year!  I keep getting side tracked on other projects.

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  16. inanorchard

    @madisonsmom2 - Thank you so much :)   I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to do sewing projects with me.  That sounds like so much fun!  She loves to sit in my lap while I sew… I think she’s going to be quite the seamstress

    @topmakeuptore - Thank you very much!  I did make each and every one by hand… it’s a lot of fun!

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