Busy making sweaters, pants, and hats out of fleece? Is your mound of fabric scraps getting higher and higher? Wait, don’t throw your fleece scraps away! You can make all sorts of beautiful flowers out of the fleece scraps and use them to embellish your clothes, hats, and more!
This is a really simple and quick tutorial on how to make flowers from fleece scraps. This template took me less than 10 minutes to make – I made the petals in 4 sizes and also included different sized circles to cover the center but you can also use buttons, pearls, or even rhinestones if you want some bling!
Before we get to the tute – I know fleece and flowers have really nothing to do with J.R.R. Tolkien but here’s a very quick take on MY version of my favorite Tolkien poem, “From the ashes a fire shall be woken,…”
From the pile of scraps beautiful things shall be made…hehe
Cut out the petal and the circle in the size that you want. Pin the templates to the fleece and cut them out.
Double up the thread and make your first stitch leaving a tail and then knotting it. Then do a running stitch straight across.
To pull and tie the flower, wrap your left or right thread twice over the other side and then pull tightly. I learned this tying method from a boys scout friend of mine and I’ve used it to tie shoe laces too – wrapping the shoelace twice will keep it in place so you can loop the shoelaces without the laces becoming loose while you’re trying to tie the bunny ears. I do another knot or 2 after that for the threads.
To cover up the center of the flower you can use the circle templates, buttons, rhinestones, pearls, or whatever your creative mind can think of.
To tack the flowers on, I ended up using fabric glue and regular polyester thread. I would use hot glue if I were decorating the flower center with rhinestones, pearls, etc.
Quick tip! If you’re worried about the scratchy/itchy knots on the inside of the sweater that the tied threads would make, you can use some knit interfacing to cover them up. Cut out little circles big enough to cover the knots and be very sure to use a warm iron if your sweater is fleece otherwise the fibers could melt. I use a pressing cloth and put the iron on very low heat.
Ok, that’s it! I’m making more flower templates so leave a comment here and let me know what kind of flowers you’d like to see. I’d love some ideas from you!