Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fabric Rolled Rosettes {a tutorial}

For oh-so-long I've been dying to make rolled rosettes like you see on wreaths and headbands. I've done the kind that you put on felt, but not a felt free style. 

I scoured blogs, pinterest and more and came out with about a dozen different tutorials. So I took an afternoon, just me, my fabric scraps and my glue gun and went to try them out.

I came out with a small wealth of knowledge on making these (and a few burns) and got my 20 minute process down to about 5 minutes, thankfully.

All in all, I learned that you kinda have to keep ROLLING even if it looks WONKY.

I put together a tutorial for you all, because maybe you're just like me, and have been struggling to get these to look "right".

Here's a photo step-by-step:

1: Cut a strip of fabric approx 1" wide and at least 12" long (the longer the strip, the bigger the rosette!)

2: Fold in half, right sides out.

3: Tie a knot at the end. This is the bud of your rosette.

*bear with me...I switched fabric halfway through this tutorial!*

4: Roll your folded fabric around the knot/bud a couple times
and secure with hot glue.

5: Now you can begin folding/twisting. Twist TOWARDS the center. Secure with hot glue after a twist. Do folds/twists about every 1/2"-1" of fabric...otherwise it will be one big twist and lose it's petal-look effect.

6: Continue rolling, folding, twisting, gluing. 

 6: This is the point where it all looks WONKY and wrong. Keep going!

7: When you reach the end of your rosette rolling, folding, twisting, gluing...leave a short tail.

8: fold the tail down on the back and secure with hot glue.

Should the center of your rosette be sunken in, simply push up the center from the back, and it should pop up just fine.

Make MANY...

MANY more.


  1. Cut a strip of fabric 1" wide and at least 12" long (mine was about 24" long)
  2. Fold in half.
  3. Tie a knot.
  4. Roll fabric flat around the knot a few times, securing with hot glue every couple rolls.
  5. Begin folding the fabric TOWARDS the rosette, securing with hot glue every couple rolls.
  6. Keep rolling, folding, twisting, gluing.
  7. When it looks weird, keep going.
  8. Leave a short tail at the end of the rosette.
  9. Glue the tail onto the back.
  10. If the center is sunken, push it up from the back. 
  11. MAKE MORE!

These are great for wreaths, headbands, and other craft/home embellishments.

Hope this helped you in learning how to make these. 
I have MAD respect for those who make these for their handmade shops. 
They are no simple task. They DO take time, but it gets easier. 


Fouzia said...

I love fabric flowers and yours turned out great:D Please make more fabric flower tutorials!!

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial!
Its really useful :)

Caren said...

Hey this is so great! Do you think E-6000 glue would work? Me and the glue gun just don't get along....

Stephanie Mosselman said...

oooh sarah - they turned out so cute. and the fabric you used in the tute is so happy!!

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

I forgot how cute these are! I'm gunna go make a whole bunch and stick them places...

Shepherd's Daughter said...

Oh my goodness! I have been coveting these rosettes forever! I think I will make myself one now :) thanks sooo much for the tutorial!

Karen said...

Sarah- those are so pretty! I love the fabric you used. fabulous tutorial! I would love you to stop by and link up at Friday Frolic!!

Have a great weekend!

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Super stinking cute!! Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

I love this!! I've always wondered how to make fabric flowers. Thanks for taking the time of making this tutorial!

I would love it if you posted it on my linky party:

Kristen Turner said...

love your recap pic! pinning this. Glad I found you via TT&J link up!!

Miss Kitty said...

Yeah! Rolled rosettes are on my "to do" list this weekend so thanks for combining the knowledge of many tutorials into one. Great tute! I saw your post over at "Saturday Nite Special".

Lindsi B said...

Oh those are GORGEOUS! I love them! I'd love to have you share this with our readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays link up!

Jill ~ Jillify It said...

Love the flowers!!! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It's my very first one!!)


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