The flower only takes about 15 minutes to make. Using different color sweaters can give the flowers more depth. I only used one color for mine because I cut a turtle neck sweater that was too long to make my flower. Now I have an accessory to match my sweater. I look forward to seeing the different versions of this flower. XD
(My pictures may look a bit funny.I created them in paint)
-Start by cutting the sweater into strips about 1/2" to 1" wide.
-The strips should only be about 10-12" long.
-Use the zig-zag setting on your machine to sew along one edge of the strip.
-Stay as close to the edge as possible. It's ok to even go off the edge (as if you are simulating a serge stitch.)
-As you sew along the edge, pull the sweater towards you. The sewn edge of the sweater should begin to look wavy.
-The smaller the zig zag, the more wavy the edge. The wider the zigzag, the less wavy the edge.
This step can be done by hand or on the machine. I did mine by hand.
Sew a baste (or wide) stitch along the bottom of the strip as illustrated to the left.
After the stitch is made, pull the sweater to create a gather. (I really tried to make the pic look like a gather...really!)
-The strip should start to look like a flower. Connect the ends of the material together so that you have a doughnut shape. Play around with them until you get the perfect flower.
-Hand stitch a small stitch to connect them.
-If you want a multi-colored flower repeat this process until you have the desired amount of layers.
-Using a piece of sweater that has not been zig zag stitched, tie a large knot in the center of the strip.
-Thread the knot into the center of your flowers.
-Pull the extra ends of the knotted strip through so that they are in the back of your flower and the knot is the only thing showing.
-Making a small stitch behind the flower will help keep the knot secured to the rest of the flower.