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Old 02-06-2010, 09:38
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I was wondering if I should starch my fabric flowers to help them hold their shape?
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:10
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Default Re: Should I be starching my fabric flowers?

I make the ones with the points, and yes I starch and iron them when I am folding them. I tried skipping that step once and they turned out sort of limp.
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Hmmmm- I haven't tried it. Mine seem to hold their shape fine. Slightly heavier fabrics hold shape better than thinner ones.
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I cut my fabric squares and then starch and iron them before making my flowers. I also iron as a go along after most of the folds. I do find that starching most definitely makes it easier to construct the flowers and they hold their shape very well as a result.

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hey does anyone have a tutorial on this? cuz my fabric flowers that i made on friday are fun to make but erm... it can look a tiny bit better.. i cut in circles and slice that in half (which i learned form a tutorial).. the part that i find hard though is after i stitch it im not sure how to tuck in the ends (u know the part that you handsew and gather) so it looks weird and i dont make a button big enough to cover the unsewn middle...

i didnt know that there is a fabric flower with points?
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hey does anyone have a tutorial on this? cuz my fabric flowers that i made on friday are fun to make but erm... it can look a tiny bit better.. i cut in circles and slice that in half (which i learned form a tutorial).. the part that i find hard though is after i stitch it im not sure how to tuck in the ends (u know the part that you handsew and gather) so it looks weird and i dont make a button big enough to cover the unsewn middle...

i didnt know that there is a fabric flower with points?
I have not used an online tutorial (learned from a book) and I cut mine from squares so I think they are a different design from what you are making, but the concept is similar. For mine, after I fold each petal and before I sew them all together- I cut off the excess points at the bottom of each petal. This leaves the bottoms of the petals all level and I sew right through just above the now flat bottom edge... leaving a tiny open hole in the middle to cover with a button/etc.

Hopefully someone else can direct you to a tutorial, I know I have seen quite a few posted around the site, but I don't have any links. You could try searching this site or look a few pages back in this "How to" forum for threads about making fabric flowers.

I hope that helps!

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Default Re: Should I be starching my fabric flowers?

Thanks for the input everyone! I starched them and they are much better. I do have another question though. Once I have folded all my pedals, I thread through each one. I am having a hard time tieing them all-together. Its hard to tie the final knot. Any thoughts?
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hey does anyone have a tutorial on this? cuz my fabric flowers that i made on friday are fun to make but erm... it can look a tiny bit better.. i cut in circles and slice that in half (which i learned form a tutorial).. the part that i find hard though is after i stitch it im not sure how to tuck in the ends (u know the part that you handsew and gather) so it looks weird and i dont make a button big enough to cover the unsewn middle...

i didnt know that there is a fabric flower with points?
Here's the tutorial I use. It makes "pointy" flowers but you use a whole circle. It's so easy!! HTH!
http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pi...fty-flo-3.html
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Default Re: Should I be starching my fabric flowers?

do you guys use a woven or a knit fabric for the flowers
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Default Re: Should I be starching my fabric flowers?

Regular cotton.. so woven. Knit is kind of flimsy IMO.
I wonder if you are trying to stich to tight which is why you have such a massive circle? You can try to use biggere stiches and see how that works.
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