Lately I've been hooked on beautiful fabric rosettes. I've seen them on t-shirts, necklaces, and headbands. So I thought I'd give some a try for myself. I love the look, but wasn't so sure I'd be able to actual make a rosette successfully. Well, it also happened that the Dollar Tree has felt in Christmas colors right now. So I bought a package of 14 pcs (5.5" by 8.5") in black, red, green and white. Then thought a Christmas wreath would be a great start. So here it is.
Package of felt
7" embroidery hoop (just one piece of it, save the other for later!)
Start the wreath by cutting some felt to cover to the hoop. I used 3/4 inch by 8.5 strips; just going around the hoop and attaching the felt with hot glue.
For the Rosettes. Start by cutting the felt into 3/4 inch strips = 3/4 inch by 8.5 inch strips. DON'T cut all the felt though! I 'm using full pieces also to glue on as the backing and stability to the rosettes too. So to start I only cut 3 sheets of red and 3 sheets of white.
To start the rosette, I'm using two colors so you might be able to tell the difference.
In all I have 43 rosettes. Some are small and most are large. To make smaller rosettes, just cut the strips down from the 8.5 inches; cutting in half works really well!
First I'm folding the strip in half at the end, and hot gluing down.
Next, I fold the upper end-point down to meet the bottom, creating a triangle (reminds me of fold a flag). Affix this with hot glue. now the point at the top is going to be the center of the rosette.
Start wrapping the material around the center point. Making it bulky in some places, and even folded over in others. Periodically use a hot glue dot to secure the wrap.
Use hot glue on the end to secure the rosette closed. (in all I use about 3 dots of glue to secure the rosette while wrapping)
The bottom of the rosette will look really uneven; which is just fine. Place hot glue on the bottom all around to cover most of it.
Next, place it on the reserved felt sheet and push it down to make sure all the pieces are secure.
I cut the rosettes out and started gluing them to the loop. I started by filling in the inner part; gluing to the loop and the side-by-side rosettes. Then glue a second layer onto the loop to cover it up as much as possible. I added some cut felt leaves for filler too. Then I glued a piece of ribbon to the top for hanging.