Twill Flower

by Sherrie Siemens

Create a flower out of twill tape.

Supplies

  • White twill tape, (1" width used here)

  • Fabric adhesive

  • Alcohol-based marker

  • Two felt circles, one 1" in diameter and one 1.5" in diameter

  • Safety pin

  • Crop-A-Dile™, or other sturdy hole punch

  • Scissors

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Color your twill tape with an alcohol-based marker in any color.

  2. Step 2

    Cut eight 2" long strips.
    Cut eight 1 1/4" long strips.
    Cut one 9" long strip for the rosette.

  3. Step 3

    Trim the corners off of one end of each strip with scissors.

    Alternative:
    For a more finished look on the edge, turn under the edges and glue them in place.

  4. Step 4

    On the untrimmed end, place a dot of glue in the center of the strip.

  5. Step 5

    Fold edges of twill tape to meet in the middle. Hold for a few seconds to secure with the glue.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat step five with all of the flower petals - there are 16 petals.

  7. Step 7

    Punch two holes in the larger felt circle and attach the safety pin.

  8. Step 8

    Place the eight longer flower petals on the large felt circle and glue into place.

    Alternative:
    You can run the felt circles through a Xyron® machine to attach an adhesive if you prefer that to glue.

  9. Step 9

    Add glue to the center of the bottom layer and place the smaller felt circle on top, holding for a few seconds to secure.

  10. Step 10

    Add the second layer of petals, making sure to add them so they fill the spaces created in the first layer. The petals should not be laying directly on top of one another, but evenly spaced in a flower shape.

  11. Step 11

    To prepare the rosette for the flower's center, fold down the corner of the twill tape at one end and secure with glue.

  12. Step 12

    To create the center of the rosette roll the folded end in a circle.

  13. Step 13

    While holding the rosette center, twist the remaining amount of twill tape.

  14. Step 14

    Keep rolling the rosette while keeping the twill tape twisted.

  15. Step 15

    Lay rosette on a flat surface and add glue all over the back side.

  16. Step 16

    Secure rosette by pressing the tail of the twill onto the glue. Hold for a few seconds to secure.

  17. Step 17

    Turn over to the right side and trim any of the excess which may be showing.

  18. Step 18

    Add a large dot of glue to the flower center to hold the rosette.

  19. Step 19

    Finished Flower.

  20. Step 20

    This is how the back of the flower looks - you can pin this onto your card. The recipient is now able to detach this beautiful flower from the card and use it wherever they would like - on a canvas bag, a headband, etc.

  21. Step 21

    Finished card made with a twill flower.

  22. Twill flower in a different color.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Twill Flower. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wow! Really clear and helpful tutorial. Looks like lots of fun.
Sandra K  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 3:14 AM
Gorgeous flowers Sherrie! Thanks for the tut!
Kerry J.  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 3:32 AM
Thanks for sharing. I've been seeing a lot of fabric flowers on headbands, etc and thought it would be fun to try making one and I just bought twill tape during the clearance rack blitz so thanks to your tutorial I'm ready to go now!
Gail P  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 4:54 AM
Finally have a use for my wide twill tape! Thanks for the great tutorial!
Jenn  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 5:22 AM
I LOVE all the flowers that are the rage now..thanks so much for this tutorial..it is gorgeous!
Diana Ballard  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 6:17 AM
What a great simple idea! Can't wait to try it. The technique opens up to other different materials.
Barb  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 7:31 AM
Sherrie! this is soooo super cute!
Lisa Henke  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 7:53 AM
This looks really cool. Thanks! Now I just have to figure out what twill tape is and where to get it? Michaels maybe? Is this something used for sewing?
dawn - 2manycookbooks  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM
Hi Dawn, You can find twill tape by the spools at any sewing supply store...I'm sure you can find it at Michael's too, but you will pay more than if you just visit your local fabric shop.
Sherrie Siemens  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM
What a FABulous tutorial Sherrie! Thanks so much for sharing how you made this beautiful flower!
Sharron / Sharrahug  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM
this is just the cutest thing! Can't wait to get to the store for the glue! Thanks for a super tutorial
Sandy T.  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM
Great job on the tutorial. Just love the different variations of the lengths of each petal. Now I'm on the hunt in my stash for the fabri-tac - I've got everything else I'm sure it's there somewhere. (:
Wendy Moore  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM
What a pretty flower and awesome tutorial! I linked to it in today's Examiner.com scrapbooking news article at http://exm.nr/bQr1tJ smile
Irene  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM
This is too wonderful! I wonder if you could make them smaller. Now to find some twill tape! Thanks!
Shelly  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM
very very nice
bertha  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 4:11 PM
Love the flowers; can't wait to try one. Quick question though - the petals on the pink and green flowers look a little different. Can you please tell me what you did differently?
Babs  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 7:42 PM
I just love that Fabri-tac, don't you? I use it on paper and just about everything. Recently found pretty much the same product called 3 in 1 glue -clear also, for half the price!
Pretty flower... thanks for sharing.
stamps4funGin  |  Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 6:11 AM
Hi Babs, Yes the petals are different from the pink to the green flower.
The pink flower is quicker to do as I snipped the ends with my scissors. The green flower has the ends glued under like shown in the video. I personally prefer the glued under ones...they take a little more time but it is worth it.
Sherrie Siemens  |  Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 6:23 AM
Great tutorial, easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful flower. Also like the way you cn vary the petals by the way you fold them over. Thank you! smile
Gabby  |  Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 7:22 AM
Hard to understand what is happening when the view is blocked by the hand 90% of the time.
Sue  |  Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM

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