Last weekend I finalized another piece to my photography packaging plan. This DIY Rosette Flower is a part of that plan, but here I will walk you through how I made it! In a future post, you’ll see how I’ll be using it in my packaging. I’d love to see the fabrics or different variations you come up with if you follow along with this DIY – post an image to my Facebook page to share!
To create your own DIY Rosette Flower, you’ll need:
– 1 primary fabric (for rosette and “skirt”)
– 2 contrasting secondary fabrics (for flair on base)
– 1 piece of felt (for base)
– Needle & Thread or sewing machine
– Hot Glue gun
You’ll start off by trimming a 2.5″ x 2.5″ round piece of felt. This is the base to which all other pieces will be secured to as a whole.
Next, from your primary yard of fabric (or less, depending on how many you want to make), you’ll want to cut out a 2.5″ wide strip. Since your fabric will be folded from the ream, you want BOTH pieces, which should still be attached at the folded end. I ended up using about 35″ long of this piece of fabric, just in case your strip isn’t folded like mine was.
Trim off one 3″ piece off the end and trim into a circle.
The primary fabric circle should end up being slightly larger than the white felt circle. Set aside for later hot gluing.
From the primary strip of fabric already cut, trim another 12″ off. Set aside for the “skirt”.
Cut a 2.5″ circle out of one of your secondary fabrics (I recommend one being a sheer complimentary color to the primary fabric). This should be slightly smaller than the primary fabric circle previously cut.
Next, your other secondary fabric should be contrasted with the other colors. I love lace for this piece! Cut 4 strips about 2.5″ long x 1″ wide. Set aside.
Now it’s time for the skirt. Take the 12″ x 2.5″ piece previously cut over to your sewing machine (or by hand) and sew a loose stitch onto one side, all the way through. Don’t finish or cut the threads from either end – this is very important!
Before you go on, I found that I needed to trim the width of this strip. Trim the fabric to 1.5″ wide (remove 1″).
Once the stitch has been placed, pull each end until all of the fabric is bunched together. Go very slow so you don’t snap the thread. It will take a few minutes to get it right!
When it’s all done, your “skirt” will look like this! Tie the threads together to secure and trim.
Once you’ve prepared everything for the base, you’ll want to connect each piece together. Like a stack of plates, you’ll want to glue each piece in the following order, from bottom to top:
– Felt Circle to flat Primary Fabric
– Flat Primary Fabric to “Skirt” (*note that you’ll want to glue the skirt so it wraps around the whole circle – there will have to be overlap on the ends)
– “Skirt” to Sheer Secondary Fabric
– Sheer Secondary Fabric to Contrasting Secondary Fabric strips (lay over each other so they cover the whole circle as shown.
Now, the Rosette!! I save this for last, because I do use the glue gun to secure it properly as I wrap. Since the glue gun is all fired up for the base, I’m ready to go with the Rosette!
The first step is to cut a 20″ piece from the remaining Primary fabric and fold over the 2.5″ wide piece. I secured the fold with a few drops of glue.
Take one corner and fold it over as shown. Secure with a tiny drop of glue.
This is when it starts to get tricky…but with a few tries, you’ll quickly get the hang of it!
Begin to slowly wrap the fabric inwards. Take the strip and fold it backwards like a “4” as you go. Keep rolling along the diagonal of the created triangle (can you see it??), as this portion of the fold becomes the outer ‘petals’ of your Rosette.
Isn’t it starting to get pretty?? I definitely placed a few drops of glue at each interval to keep it secure. It has the potential to unravel quickly as it gets bigger!
Here’s my final Rosette! For the end of the fabric, I folded it into itself, glued it together, then tucked it under the bottom and glued. This gave a good solid area to glue the Rosette to the base already prepared!
When the Rosette was ready, I glued it directly to the base, but it looked a little flat.
To bring up the base a little, I placed a few dots of glue around the bottom of the Rosette and folded the base into those dots. As a result, the secondary fabrics caught the glue and lifted just like I wanted.
Voila! My finished DIY Rosette Flower!
Don’t forget to post images of your Rosettes on my Facebook page!