Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The 8-Step Ripped Rose Tutorial

Here's an 8 step tutorial for making a Ripped Rose.  One day Keston came to me at my sewing machine & asked to help me make "sumping." This idea just came to me...After making the Small Ruffled Tote & Tri-Tattered Flower, I knew ripping fabric was the way to go with Keston on my lap. And so this rose was the result. Give it a try & see what you think! These roses can easily be attached to a pin, a hair clip, headband, or anything really! They're quick to whip up too & can even be made with a 2 year old on your lap...    I promise!
Grab some cute scrap fabric & try this out!
Okay, GO!

1st - Tear a strip of fabric that is 1.5 - 2" wide
 To do this, make a 2" mark on the selvedge edge of your fabric. Make a small snip there with scissors.
Start tearing!
I tore the entire 44" width of my fabric.
You may need to cut along the untorn edge to even out your strip.

*tip - If you want a smaller flower, I suggest tearing at 1.5" & then cutting along the untorn edge making it the width that you wish it to be & then tearing the length less.
2nd - Adjust the settings on your sewing machine
Set the tension to the highest setting.
Set your stitch length to 4.

3rd - Start stiching
Do not back stitch though! 
Using 1/2" seam allowence, stich down the entire length of your strip.
You'll notice that the fabric gathers on it's own.
Isn't that pretty already?

4th - Begin rolling up your gathered strip of fabric
As you roll be careful to keep your center low & pulled down a bit.
It can easily become higher than the rest of the flower, making it look awkward.
(it's okay if you have to re-roll it a few times before you get "the look" you want.)

5th - Shove a pin (or 2 or 3) through the base of your flower.
This will help keep it secure for step 6.

6th -  Hand stitch the bottom.
Stich until you feel like all the layers are secure.
7th - Cut out a fabric circle for the back.
You can use felt or another stiff material that won't ravel.
8th - Get out the hot glue gun.
Hot glue the fabric circle to your flower & then hot glue a pin into place.

Pretty as a posie!
If you could or will make a ripped rose, HOW will you wear it & WHAT will you wear it with? Or WHO will you make one for?

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  1. I would use it to "dress up" a purse....or maybe a necklace....or maybe a simple tank. Ok, now I have to make one!

  2. Thank you for this tutorial. I can't wait to try making some ripped roses for my daughter. I think they'd make great headbands and hair clips! I also envision these on clothes!

  3. I have a similar pin that my friend made me. I've been so tempted (3 weeks in a row now) to wear it at the bottom of my black shirt, almost sitting on either hip, with a matching steel colored peasant ankle length skirt!

    Heidi Smith

  4. What a fun idea! Ripped fabric is definately the way to go with a 2 year old in your lap.

    I had fun looking at your blog. My husband I went camping for our honeymoon - it was my first time camping! It was great.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

  5. I can think of a million places I'd attach that little gem of a flower to! Great job. Love the blog and that sweater green background!!! Very cute :-)

  6. Wow! Who knew it could be so simple?! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.

  7. Lovely , gorgeous & simple, a winner, uh?:0)
    And thanks for visiting my blog!!!

  8. So cute! My two year old would get a kick out of "helping" with this too! :)

  9. These are so cute! I love the frayed edge. Now I can't get that dang song out of my head!

  10. Cute! Love the frayed edges. I'd attach them to hair clips!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  11. Awesome! Great instructions, thank you! I would like to use it with a headband for my daughter. She loves this kind of stuff.

  12. Very pretty! I like the idea of using it on baby headbands, but there are so many things you could do! Your little boys are just darling, Julie! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love this! I'm going to go accessorize everything in my closet now...

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  15. So very cute! I love the character that the ripped edges adds!

    Found you on the Mad in Crafts Party!


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