Denim Flower Embellishment Tutorial
These cute flowers can be used to make ponytail holders, barrettes, pins, or can be sewn onto clothing, bags, etc. The above picture shows two flower ponytail holders and one flower sewn onto a denim purse.
Cut out two pieces of denim, making them larger than the cardboard flower. Following the iron-on adhesive directions, bond the two pieces of denim together with right sides facing out. Place the cardboard flower on top of the denim, pin it in place. Cut out your flower.
Pep Talk: For those of you who think your cutout flower doesn't look very good and you are considering throwing it in the garbage, please reconsider. Give the little flower a chance to bloom. Mine doesn't look like much at this point either. Ready to go on?
Thread your sewing machine with a contrasting color that will show up on your flower. Set the stitch length to 2 (medium length). Begin sewing from the middle of the flower, sewing a line up the center of one petal. Once you've sewn to about 3/8" from the tip of that petal, with the needle in the flower, lift the pressure foot to turn the flower around, lower pressure foot, and stitch back over your previous stitches to get back to the middle of the flower. Do this for all five petals, ending up back in the middle of the flower. Leave the flower on the sewing machine.
If you want to sew the flower onto a piece of clothing or bag, do not sew the button on yet. Pin the flower to the item you are embellishing, and using the same color thread as you used on the flower, sew around the outer edge of the petals going over the existing stitching. Sew the button on.
Now you can experiment with different sizes, shapes, and colors of flowers. And you can use material other than denim.
That's it folks!