This shabby layered flower is perfect for any patriotic holiday. It is also one of my most popular bows I sell on Etsy. It’s one of the flowers though, that I absolutely LOVED the first time I made it, and now I’m having a hard time getting it to be exactly the same again because I never wrote down the measurements the first time, ugh. Also I ran out of my favorite material, that was a gift from my aunt, and is probably 20 years old, because I can’t find exactly the same kind anywhere. I bought 3 very expensive similar yards instead.
2.25″ flat toothed alligator clip
Non slip grip
Red material: 4 flowers, 3.25″ diameter, 5 petals
White material: 4 flowers, 2.75″ diameter, 5 petals
Blue with stars: 4 flowers, 2″, 5 petals
NOTE: another note I found shows the following different measurements
- red uses 3 1/2″ flower
- white uses 3″ flower
- blue with stars uses 2 1/4″ flower
I cut out a strip of red material 3 5/8 inches wide using the 3 5/8 inches Square template to fold it over. Then I traced the 3 1/2″ flower on, slid the template out and then cut out the flower.
First I roll all four colors in my hands to get them squished up a little bit. Then I roll one to time for a few seconds to get them a little shabby. The longer you roll the shabbier they look.
Second layer, which is the white layer, I used the two and three quarters 2 3/4″ inch flower template.
When folding the bigger 2 layers of petals, hold two petals up to up to meet in the middle of one pedal and then folded in together. However leave the side facing you slightly more towards the left so you have a flower petal bigger than 90 degrees. That will help close up any gaps.
For the blue with white stars later, I used the 2 inch template. Try to make these petals exactly 90° when folded since they are the top player. Since they are smaller petals they’re much easier to line up at 90 degrees.
Top with an 18 millimeter rhinestone, and choice of back.
When comparing the old flower clip to the new flower clip it appears that maybe the biggest layer was a bit smaller than three and a half inches, maybe three and a quarter inches and the white layer may have been two and a half inches. But the 2-inch Center looks appropriate.
Layer beginning with felt circle on bottom