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A bag from an old pair of jeans gets the flower treatment.

IF YOU sew running stitches along one side of a long strip of material and pull the thread at one end, it will gather into a circular shape. Roll up the gathered side from the centre, continue to turn it round and round and you’ll get a rose. The longer the strip is, the bigger the bloom will be. Stitch on the reverse side to hold its shape. These roses can be sewn from practically any fabric to embellish bags, cushions and dresses.

Project instructions and diagrams here!

related groups:
Making Purses, Totes & Handbags
Refashion & Recycle

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Comment by Marilyn Macrae on July 8, 2009 at 1:36pm
Isn't that cute.. I have tons of old jeans that I make AG doll jeans with.
Comment by Athena's Grove on July 7, 2009 at 3:56am
This is a very cute idea! I might have to try it on the shoulder of a gown or a corset...
Comment by Mrs.Carol Mattice on July 6, 2009 at 8:10am
Speaking of roses would anyone out there have any idea of how to make the petals for the roses. I am making roses for hats, tops, jackets or dresses. They are made out of left over drapery but I do not know how to make the pattern for the leafy part that will go in behind to frame the 4" rose. Have not had any help from internet either as books are the only thing that they offer. I know that it will be a simple thing but I just do not want a "Gob" of green sage in behind but with a likeness of a leaf. Hope someone can at least give me some hints. Thanks editor for the info. too on the rag quilt. Much appreciated.
Comment by Donna on July 6, 2009 at 8:08am
What a great idea!
Comment by Cheryl on July 6, 2009 at 6:46am
I love making ribbon roses! Never gave thought to using fabric what a great idea, thanks for the tips.

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