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Fabric Tulip Tutorial by Penny Bruce
Today, I’m bringing you a fabulous craft tutorial – the first of many I hasten to add and I hope you really love it.
We have all become totally addicted to making these stunning fabric tulips here at DD HQ – they really are the PERFECT Spring make! Who wouldn’t love a bouquet of Spring flowers that never wilt or die?
The best thing about this make? It’s speedy, simple and uses a tiny amount of fabric – the perfect way to use up scraps!
You will need:
Coloured cotton fabric scraps
Wooden kebab sticks
Wadding or similar for stuffing
Paper to make a template
Make a paper template for the tulip head. We drew ours free hand it is approximately 9cms wide at the base and 10cms tall. We have curved the pattern at the top.
Place the template on to your cotton fabric placed right sides together. Pin into place and cut out.
Machine around the two curved edges with a 1cm seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance around the curve at the top by half. This just makes achieving a nice curve at the top easier.
Press the seam flat to set the stitches, then press one edge back.
Turn right sides out and press, making sure the seam is on the edge.
Stuff the tulip bud with wadding, making sure it is nice and full.
Turn under a 5mm seam allowance and add a small running stitch with a strong thread all the way around the opening at the bottom.
Pull up the running stitch to close the opening at the bottom. Make sure you leave a small hole for inserting the stem. Secure the running stitches with a few over stitches and trim the thread.
Make sure the stuffing is even and round. If necessary redistribute the stuffing by inserting the needle through the fabric and moving it around with the tip of the needle.
Cut a piece of green fabric for the stem approximately 30cms long by 4cms wide. We used a dark green velvet from our fabric stash.
Fold right sides into the centre and fold in half again. Press flat.
Take the stem to the machine and edge stitch the stem closed. Press.
Make a template for the leaf. We drew a free hand leaf shape approximately 4cms wide at the base and 20cms tall.
Cut a pair of leaves out in a green fabric. We cut one in dark green velvet to represent the outside of the leaf and one in a lighter colour in a brushed cotton.
Pin the leaves right sides together. Take to the machine and sew a 1cm seam allowance on the two outside edges.
Trim the seam allowance around the curve at the top by around half. This just makes achieving a nice curve at the top easier.
Press the seams flat to set the stitches then press one edge back.
Turn the leaf right side out making sure the seam is on the edge. Use your fingers to roll the seam into position and press into place.
You now have one stem and one leaf for your tulip bud.
Insert the wooden kebab stick into one end of the stem.
Sew both ends of the stem closed with a simple over stitch using a matching thread.
Insert the stem into the hole of the tulip bud. Make sure that it is pushed quite a way into the wadding.
Using a strong thread, stitch the stem into place by catching stitching from one side of the bud to the other through the fabric of the stem. Do this several times around the stem.
Neaten the bottom of the leaf by turning in 5mm raw edge and then slip stitch the opening closed with a matching thread.
Fold the leaf around the stem approximately 5cms up from the bottom of the stem.
Stitch the leaf into place by over stitching the two edges together using matching thread. Make sure that you also stitch through some of the stem fabric to stop the leaf from moving.
The tulip flower is now complete!
Repeat this process to make a nice bunch for a Spring display.
Don’t they look wonderful?
I would absolutely love you to have a go at making these yourself… if you do then be sure to share a picture of your finished tulips on your social media platform tagging @dentondrapes and use the hashtags #DDCraft and #PennysTulips and we will pick a person at random to win a beautiful bouquet of flowers! This competition will run until 5pm on 20th June 2016 – so get making and brighten up your Spring/Summer home!
Bye for now & happy crafting…
Penny & The DD Team