A simple and satisfying project that uses some of the fabric scraps laying around your craft room is a frayed flower. This project was developed by Maize Hutton and published in GreenCraft.
- Fabric scraps
- Needle and thread
- Pin back or safety pin
1. Find some scrap fabric. I selected a lightweight canvas that had a loose weave in the very popular purple colorway.
2. Make a small snip into the fabric.
4. Make another snip 1" from the first snip and tear along the length of your fabric. Mine looked like this strip, approximately 1" x 44, and frayed quite nicely.
5. I used a long machine stitch with reduced tension and stitched a running stitch along the length of the strip, 1/4" from the edge.
6. Fold the raw, short edge under and begin to pull up the running stitch.
8. Using a needle and thread, begin at one end of the strip and take a few stitches. Rotate the fabric in a circle with the gathered edge at the center to create a flower.
9. Continue rotating the fabric around the center and securing it with stitches on the back side.
10. When the fabric strip is used up, add a button to the center and stitch.
11. On the back side of the flower, sew a pin.
12. Enjoy your pin as a fashion accessory or as an accent to a purse or tote!
Thank you, Jane of Maiden Jane for the tutorial/demonstration! Check out her T-Shirt Quilt Pattern on Etsy.
Reference: GreenCraft Magazine, Winter 2010 Issue pg. 68 (Stampington and Co.) - Frayed Flowers from Fabric Scraps by Maize Hutton.