It’s mid-February, and I’m yearning for spring! What better way to get in the “spring” frame of mind than with some fabric flowers? And with Clover’s new Flower Frill Templates, I’m learning to whip up full, lush fabric blooms in less time than it takes to watch a sitcom.
The Flower Frill template package comes with 2 templates of 2 sizes each and instructions in each package. The templates themselves are made of a waxed cardboard and are scored for easy folding. The directions were easy to follow too- and once you’ve folded the template, it’s easy to remember how to fold it- like folding a map!
So here’s how it works: you rough-cut a square of fabric just a bit larger than the template- mine were about 5 1/2 inches. Following the directions in the package, you fold the fabric IN the template, like this:
Then you trim around the curved portion- you can use pinking shears for a frilly look, like I did, or your regular scissors. (I’d suggest the Fiskar’s tailor shears to make quick work of it.) Then you take a quick stitch to keep the pleat together:
Then you can remove the Clover template and repeat. And repeat you will, because each flower will need 15-30 petals! So this is why the template comes in handy- sure, you could do this without the template- but if you want to sit in front of a tv or movie, or take this along to a kid’s practice, you don’t have to think too hard. Just slip the fabric in, fold-fold-fold, trim, stitch, and repeat.
Once you get all you petals made, you tie the string into a knot and “fluff” your petals a bit.
Also, in the sample above, I used a hand-dyed batik cotton. I liked it because there was no “wrong” side to the fabric…but take a look at another Flower Frill, but using plain ol’ quilter’s cotton. This one is a whole sphere:
BUT WAIT- there’s more! I make another large Flower Frill using blue tulle- and to REALLY make it pouffy, I used 3 layers of tulle per petal. I also used a perle cotton and a tapestry needle to string it all together.
These would be such sweet decorations for a baby shower, wedding, or romantic tablescape.Â And I bet if you used the right thread and coarse tulle, you could use these as a dish scrubbie. Or not. They are so whimsical!
So here’s the low-down: the Small/Medium set (2 each of both sizes) retails for $4.95, and the Large/Extra Large set (2 each of both sizes) retails for $5.95.Â Like I mentioned, you don’t really need the templates…but boy, does it make it really handy. And you get two templates, so if one wears out,Â you’ve got a spare. (The templates are made of a waxed cardboard, kind of like a milk carton.) Or, you and a friend can go into mass-production mode if you’ve got a craft fair or party coming up.
I’m really keen to find the smaller set and use them as embellishments for headbands and bows- a sweet and simple way to add some frilly-flower goodness for spring.
What do YOU think? What would you frill up?
Sample Provided for Review.
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