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Strippy Fabric Posy

July 16, 2013

Strippy Fabric Posies

When the summer days get too hot to do anything outside, or if we’re lucky enough to have rain, I like to craft small, quick projects in the house. This week I’ve been working on fabric posies.They’re great craft show fillers. They can be used to decorate gift packaging, home decor items, clothing, or glue a pin on the back to create a brooch.

I use tea-stained sheets and cotton tablecloths, but you could also purchase and tea stain muslin. My staining process for this batch of flowers was done with instant tea. I boiled a soup pot of tea, added my fabric and then let it steep until it cooled. I squeeze out the excess tea and hang it to dry. You can rinse it if you like, but I find that too much tea rinses out for my liking.

Rip a strip of fabric with a width the size desired for your posy diameter by a yard long. For instance, the posy shown is 4 inches in diameter. I ripped a strip 4 inches wide by 36 inches long.

Fold the strip in half with the long edges together. Use your favorite gathering stitch technique along the raw edge.

Cut 1/2-inch-wide strips from the fold to the gathering stitch. These are your petals. Adjust the width if you prefer wider or narrower petals.

Gather the edge until the strip measures approximately 1 1/2 feet long.

Cut a circle of white canvas for the back of the flower. The circle serves as your base for building the posy.

Starting on the outer edge of the circle, hot glue the gathered edge of the strip in a spiral until you reach the center. Trim off excess if necessary.

Decorate the center with bits and bobs of your choice.


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  1. Great tutorial and love the flowers. Gonna print this out and be making some when I can find the fabric I need. Might just have some muslin that will be enuf for this project. Glad you shared this. Happy summer

  2. You can also use brightly colored fabric, cut the strips a little bit narrower , gather without cutting , and have rosettes , when you finish. I use them on head bands and gifts

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