Fabric Flower Frame: Blog Olympics Event #5!

Welcome to Event #5 of the Bloggy Olympics: Fabric!

Today is the big reveal of my project - the perfect fabric-based craft! (Or as close to perfect as I could come up with, haha!)

I had some trouble coming up with my perfect fabric project at first, but eventually I just fell in love with this whole thing because it took some time to put together, but you can VERY easily make the flowers less intricate and spend less time on it. It also really wasn't difficult to do - it's the repetitive cutting out flowers that takes time. Plus, the main supplies (the stuff that you use up in this project and can't re-use, like the frame) are super-cheap at around a buck each.

Here's how to make your very own super-awesome fabric covered frame with fabric flowers (cute puppy not included)!


Supplies
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Stiffy or other fabric stiffener
  • Sponge brush or other big brush
  • Several scraps of fabric (I got mine for a buck each at Walmart)
  • Pencil
  • Wood frame (dollar section of Michael's for this girl!)
  • Straight pins
  • Rhinestones, buttons
  • Paper for drawing/making stencils or other paper stencils
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper (to cover your work area)
  • Hot glue gun and glue


Instructions

First you just want to gather up your supplies (full list above).

Then, you will probably want to start stiffening up the fabric you want to use for your flowers. You can let this dry while you work on the frame itself - supposedly this stuff only takes an hour to dry, but I left mine alone for at least 3 hours because I was paranoid. Basically, I just spread out some wax paper, cut some bits of fabric and used a sponge brush to sponge some Stiffy on there (I'll pause and wait while you make some jokes... just keep reading whenever you finish laughing hysterically - no judgment).
I know some people just spray on fabric stiffener, but I really painted mine on there so that it was more like ribbon with wire in it than regular fabric. 

While your fabric is drying, grab the fabric you want to use on the wood frame and start cutting it and wrapping it around your wood frame, using Mod Podge for fabric to secure the fabric. I tried regular Mod Podge, but didn't really love it... it didn't really weigh the fabric down enough to make it lay flat on the frame. The fabric version worked wonderfully and I coated the finished fabric covered frame with at least one solid "finishing" coat of Mod Podge for fabric.

While that frame is drying, grab some scrap paper and start drawing some flower shapes. You can use flower paper punches or a vinyl cutter or whatever to get your flower shapes. I mostly drew mine because I didn't want super-fancy, ornate shapes. Just cut those paper shapes out and attach to your stiffened fabric with a straight pin.
Once the fabric is stiffened and dry, you can use a straight pin or two to attach your stencil to the fabric and cut it out. Cut out lots of flower shapes of slightly varying size from your different fabrics. I just used blues that I had scraps of and that I got from the dollar section at Walmart.

Then just start mixing and matching up the different flower shapes. I glued mine with the hot glue gun. Then I added buttons or rhinestones to the top centers of most of the flowers. The reason you want to use stiffened fabric for these flowers is that not only can you fold and curl the petals, but you also don't get any fraying from the flowers. It's sort of like making paper flowers, but with a different texture and thickness (and curl that doesn't look like the paper got slammed in a car door).

Once you've made a lot of your flowers, you can arrange them on the frame (once it's dry from the Mod Podge) and when you have an arrangement you like, hot glue them onto the frame.

To make the flowers more fun, I used a pencil to sort of curl up the edges of the flowers - sort of like they were blooming from a bud and in varying stages of blossoming (if that makes any sense).

It's easy and you can do that or let the flowers stay flat. But it's easier to do this with the fabric that really got soaked in the stiffener liquid.

Then just add a photo to your frame...

And ta da! Super-cute flowery picture frame. I used this picture of Miss Bella where she had some (pink) flowers on her collar so that I felt extra proud of myself for coordinating cuteness, but clearly that's an optional step! : )

I loved it on the wall, but I had to take it outside for extra awesome pictures... I just LOOOOOVE all the different blues (and it's a nice compromise that the boyfriend was okay with - flowers that are girly, but in his favorite color)!



There you have it - a tutorial for making your own fabric-covered fabric flower frame! (And it cost me about $5 in materials that I still have more of - $1 frame, $4 in fabric from Walmart. I owned the other stuff, but even if you don't, it's really rather inexpensive and you can use buttons, rhinestones, Mod Podge for fabric, and fabric stiffener for a whole lot of other projects!)

But wait - there's more!!! My two fabulous co-hosts for this event are also sharing their amazing fabric-based tutorials today! Be sure to click on over to visit Jenni at Kissed by a Frog with her sporty accessory craft and Jamie at DIY Home Sweet Home with an awesomely adorable sewing must-have craft to see the amazingness they've created! (Seriously, I got freaking AMAZING teammates and you have GOT to check out these projects... I want both!)
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You also want to check out the super-talented crafty winners of event #4, featured at C.W. Frosting, Here's to Handy Andy, and Freaking Craft!


Here's to Handy Andy

Because this is the blog olympics (it's a marathon - not a sprint!), you should also get to work on your fabric-based/focused/involved projects and get ready to link them up to this week's linky party starting Thursday!


To recap: LINKY PARTY HERE and with my co-hosts THURSDAY JULY 12th at 7pm CST (so 8pm EST) until FRIDAY JULY 13th  at 11:59 CST (or 12:59am EST - 1 hour into the day after the super-scary Friday the 13th)! Entering the linky party is the only way to get the amazing prizes and buttons for your projects! (And I'm pretty new at hosting any kind of linky party like this so I'd REALLLLY appreciate your support in linking up, just in case the buttons weren't enough incentive for you!)

And, in case that somehow wasn't enough for you, there's an AWESOME GIVEAWAY from Kissed by a Frog this week!
Visit Jamie at DIY Home Sweet Home for details!


P.S. I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties here...

Mondays: C.R.A.F.T., Polly Want a Crafter, The DIY ShowOff, Craft-O-Maniac, Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Boogieboard Cottage, Life Made Lovely, Keeping It Simple, Polish the Stars, Pinkapotamus, Singing Three Little Birds, Colours Dekor, DIY Home Sweet Home, So Very Creative, Ask Anna, Home Savvy, Be Colorful, The Gunny Sack, Lines Across, The Southern Institute, Get Outta My Head, 3 Mango Seeds, You're Talking Too Much, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Destination: Craft, Cherished Bliss, 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, Sarahndipities, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Marvelously Messy, Between Naps on the Porch, Bringing Beauty, Ninth Street Notions, Southern Hospitality, Sew Chatty, Everything Under the Moon, Thrifty Decor Chick, Reinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party) 


Tuesdays: Embellishing Life, New Nostalgia, Hope Studios, Vintage Wanna Bee, Tip Junkie, Ladybug Blessings, Sassy Sites, Topsy Turvy, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Giggles Glitz & Glam, Rook No. 17, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Coastal Charm, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, A Diamond in the Stuff, The Ivy Cottage, homework, Crayon Freckles, Crafty Confessions, Me and My Boys, The Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee, At Home With K, Sweet Little Gals, Chef in Training, Raising 4 Princesses, Lil Pink Pocket, Strictly Homemade, A to Zebra Celebrations, Jillify It, Natural NestersToday's Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z, DIY by Design, Tales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Home


Wednesdays: Creations By Kara, Blue Cricket Design, Seven Thirty Three, Sugar and Dots, Someday Crafts, Night Owl Crafting, Lil Luna, Sew Much Ado, We Are That Family, Type A, A Little Tipsy, My Girlish Whims, Eisy Morgan, Polka Dots on Parade, Passionately Artistic, Ginger Snap Crafts, Laugh Love & Craft, Not So Simple Housewife, Frugally Sustainable, Handy Man Crafty Woman, Faded Charm, let birds fly, The Sasse Life, Clean & Scentsible, Junk in their Trunk, Uncommon, Pincushion Creations, It's Just Called SpicySew Woodsy, Primp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern Style, A Beach Cottage, JAQS Studio, The DIY Dreamer


Thursdays: Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Gluesticks, Momnivore's Dilemma, Yesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting Spot, Beyond the Picket Fence, Making It With Allie, Rhinestone Beagle, Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Tales From Bloggeritaville, Between U & Me, Christina's Adventures, Saved By Love Creations, Thrifty Decorating, These Peas Taste Funny, The 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Kissed by a Frog, Bear Rabbit Bear, Designer Garden, Crafty Scrappy Happy, 52 Mantels, live. laugh. rowe., Delightful Order, The Train to Crazy, Mine for the Making, The Taylor House, Just a Little Creativity, Hating Martha, The Frugal Girls, No Minimalist Here


Fridays: Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Handmade Days, WhipperBerry, Sassy Sites, Lovely Crafty Home, Catch As Catch Can, Nap Time Crafters, 504 Main, My Simple Home Life, Simply Designing, The Picket Fence, Chic on a Shoestring, The Hungry Hypo, French Country Cottage, Ladybird Lane, The Answer is Chocolate, Truly Lovely, Bubbly Nature Creations, Pocket Full of Pink, Little Becky Homecky, Delicate Construction, Serenity Now, See Vanessa Craft, Happy Hour Projects, Making Lemonade, One Artsy Mama,  Mom 4 Real, So You Think You're Crafty, Faith Trust & a Little Pixie Dust, Finding Fabulous For Less, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tidy Mom, Remodelaholic, Just a Girl, Scissors & Spatulas, While He Was Napping, Kojo Designs, Release Me Creations, Hello Hue, Love Notes By Lauryn, Craftionary, Five Days... Five WaysThe Creative Paige, Blissful Bucketlist


Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties, Here's to Handy Andy, Craft Envy, Funky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, Be Different Act Normal, To Sew With Love, Six Sisters' Stuff, Gingerbread, Lolly Jane, Homemaker in Heels, A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid, Too Much Time, Crafty Moms Share, Polkadot Pretties, Candace Creations, Serenity You, Shaken Together


Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley Fam, The SweetTalk Shop, Nifty Thrifty ThingsSisters of the Wild West, The Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer


Miscellaneous: The Girl Creative, Every Crafty Endeavor, My House of Giggles, My Lil Pumpkin PatchVintage Gwen

30 comments :

  1. Really cute! Love all the flowers - that's a lot of cutting, but well worth it...I probably would've stopped at three :)

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  2. Awww...Bella's so precious. And the polka dot fabric is fun. I agree with Junky Vagabond, I'm always astounded with how much detail you give by going above and beyond. I'm glad the boyfriend likes it-- otherwise you'd have to bonk him on the head with a frame covered in 300 fabric flowers.

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  3. Awesome Mel! You always have the most amazing projects! So cute and as always look at that little puppy. Aw, he is adorable!
    One question. Is that Duke blue? Hahahaha
    Great job!
    Hugs

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  4. This is so cute!!! When I first saw the flowers I totally thought they were paper, but I love how they turned out! I've never used fabric stiffener before but I think I might have to get some and try it out. This would make a great project for all my fabric scraps laying around!

    P.S. Thanks for being non-judgmental. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to be able to buy a product called Stiffy without giggling :)

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  5. That is too cute!! and a serious amount of flowers...so fun!

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  6. Mel, this is sooooo cute ... and your Stiffy comment made me giggle a little, too

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  7. Cute photo frame. The pup is cute too!

    Julie
    www.jamscorner.com

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  8. Mel,this is a GREAT project....well done! :)

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  9. Pretty! Love the way the fabric turned out... and I bet it will hold up better than paper flowers! xo

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  10. This is lovely. love the polka dot fabric.
    Maria Crafty Chic

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  11. Love all of the flowers you put on. I also love the "blog olympic event" idea. I'm a new follower and would love if you followed back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  12. love this idea, I'm always looking for unusual ways with picture frames, love that you made this out of fabric, really fab.
    Louise at hullabaloulabelle.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh, I love this!! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  14. Very cute! I love the colors!

    Make sure you stop by and share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party.
    Can't wait to see more posts.
    http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com/2012/07/flaunt-it-friday-4_12.html

    Sarah@
    www.blissfulbucketlist.com

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  15. LOVING the flowers! And I want the puppy!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  16. Love this frame.. The flowers and the fabric look so cool. Your puppy is so cute.
    Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend!

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  17. The frame and the pup are both adorable! :)

    gail

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  18. This layering of flowers look on the picture frame is such a fun and dimensional treatment. I one is good twelve are better. :D Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.
    p

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  19. that is so stinkin' amazing! wow! what intricate work on the flowers! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

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  20. so pretty.. nice tutorial. just signed up as your newest follower. can't wait to see more cute stuff!!!! going to visit for a bit. found you thru a link up party. please consider visiting my blog and I LOVE new followers!!!!

    http://carrollcraftycreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/shrinky-dink-charms.html

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  21. Adorable and really love all the flowers on the frame! Also a very nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

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  22. this turned out so cute, Mel! We are feautring it today ^^)

    thanks for sharing and have a fun weekend!

    Hugs,
    Lelanie

    to-sew-with-love.com
    tocookwithlove.com
    villaportillo.blogspot.com

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  23. This is sooo adorable.. and wow, you are seriously a HARD core crafter cutting all those flowers out by hand! But it looks amazing on the frame! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo and hosting the Bloggy Olympics ( I joined in the fun .. too!)
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  24. Love your flower frame! I know those flowers took some time to cut out but the end was well worth it! Thanks for sharing with us at tip toe thru tuesday!
    Kim

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  25. Just to let you know that you have been featured on my link party - http://serenityyou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/serenity-saturday-48.html

    Natasha xx

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  26. I love embellishing frame but have yet to try it with fabric, love all the flowers! Thank you for sharing your project at A Crafty Soiree!

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  27. oh my gosh.. You've done such a fabulous job with this frame... stunning.. Thank you for linking into Made with Love :)

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  28. This is beautiful... Pinning it for myself and other crafty people!

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  29. Great refashion! I would love for you to link this up to The CSI project this week. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might WIN! Come on over each week for a new challenge, new tutorials and new judges.
    www.thecsiproject.com
    PS I would also love to have you as a guest judge because your blog is just too dang cute!

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