How to Make Leaves for the Fabric Flowers

Embellishment Detail
Embellishment Detail

Fabric flowers are simple to make embellishments for anything from T-shirts to clutches.  A few leaves scattered among the flowers adds that extra touch to the embellishments.

The leaves on the Rose Top were made from the scraps of diupioni used for the yoke and from some hand-dyed quilting cotton from The Stash.  Most any fabric may be used to make them.

For this Tutorial, purple satin is being used.  For interest, one leaf uses the shiny side, the other the dull side.

Leaves: First Fold Lines
Leaves: First Fold Lines

1. Start with two rectangles approximately 4″ by 3″ .  Fold and iron one of the 4″ sides down.

Leaves:  Second and Third Fold Lines

Leaves: Second and Third Fold Lines

2. Fold the rectangle into a triangle by folding it into thirds.

Leaves:  Second Fold

Leaves: Second Fold

Upper folded edge must be tucked as folds are made.

Leaves:  Third (and Final) Fold Line

Leaves: Third (and Final) Fold Line

Iron each fold.

Leaf Triangles
Leaf Triangles

The triangles should only have raw edges on the base.

Leaf with Gathering Thread

Leaf with Gathering Thread

3.  Hand sew a gathering stitch along the base of the triangle.

Leaf Shape

Leaf Shape

4.  Pull thread to form leaf shape and tack.

Trimmed Leaf

Trimmed Leaf

5.  Trim uneven edges (careful not to cut the thread!)

6.  Place under a flower and tack down.

Finished Fabric Flower and Leaf

Finished Fabric Flower and Leaf

Beautiful! ..and simple!

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