Believe it or not, this actually  does relate to food, so stick with me here!  A couple of weeks ago I showed you a peek of my Christmas decorating and I had several requests for a tutorial on the wreath I made.  I’ve made lots of fabric flowers before, but I hadn’t thought to put them on a wreath until I saw this one in one of my email newsletters from Living Locurto.  I had cute Christmas fabric laying around because I like to buy these pre-cut quarters to use on top of jars (like Peppermint Fudge Cupcake Jars, or Pie in a Jar, or buttermilk syrup, hot fudge sauce, and sugar scrub as gifts)

so this was a perfect use for the left overs!  Here’s a quick how-to on the flowers and then I’ll show you how you can use them. (Thanks to my girl Trish for being my hand model.  Her hands actually make an appearance in our cookbook as well.  She peels a mean piece of ginger!)

Fabric* (1″ ribbon works well too)
fabric glue (I don’t recommend hot glue unless you’ve got tough fingers!)
optional: pins or clips

*The color of the fabric is more important than the actual pattern on it.  Once the flowers are rolled you don’t even see the pattern, just the colors.

First you need to cut a strip of fabric about an inch to an inch and a half wide.  The length determines the final width of the flower.  A 24″ strip makes a flower about 1″ wide.  If you don’t have a very long strip of fabric, that’s okay, you can use more than one short strip on a single flower, I’ll explain in a minute.

Fold your strip in half so the right side is on the outside and it’s long and skinny.  Place some fabric glue about 2″ down like this:  (I use Unique Stitch or Liquid Stitch glue)

Now just roll it right up.  This will be the center of the flower.  I roll it about 7 or 8 times, just eyeball it.

Keep your glue close by.  Hold the center with one hand and with the other start twisting your fabric around the center, placing a dab of glue every so often to hold it together.  You can twist the fabric as little or as much as you like, just play around with it and you’ll see what I mean.

Then just keep going around and around… The cut edges will expose little threads which just add to the charm!

When you get to the very end just glue the end of your fabric to the back side of the flower.  And if you want the flower larger.  Make a new strip and glue the start end to the back of the flower and continue on as you were.  This one below I used 2 strips of 22″ fabric on.

When you’re all done you can do whatever you want with them.  I just used craft glue to glue them to a cheap grape vine wreath, along with some berries

and a little birdie, can you spy him?

But there’s lots of uses for these cute little things.  For example, get some pins or clips from the craft store and glue them on the back using a piece of felt.  (I couldn’t find my felt so I’m just using a clip I already have made to show what I mean)

Sometimes you end up with a “stem” of sorts (shown below).  If you need a flatter flower, just trip it off with a good pair of scissors.  Other times a stem like that is helpful, like when gluing to my wreath.

Anyway, when your flowers are done you can do lots of fun things with them,

like package up Christmas goodies (See??  I told you this had something to do with food!) and clip or pin one (or several) on the packages.  They’re easy to attach to the ribbon, or also the actual gift tag.

They look totally adorable, but then your gift-ees will be so excited that they can pull them off and use them!  They look super cute pinned onto a hat

or attached to a scarf

or clipped in your hair

Or on a bag or purse or lapel.  I mentioned in my other post that these are a great tv project.  It’s really just busy work rolling and gluing, rolling and gluing, rolling and gluing, so pop in a good  movie and you’ll be surprised at how many you have done at the end!  Happy crafting!

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