These beautiful flowers are quite easy to make. Unfortunately, when I took these pictures the lady who cut and sewed the strips wasn’t present and I didn’t have any samples of strip material to show you, so I’m not positive of exact dimensions of strip, so I will use approximate measurements.
Cut 2″ strips of fabric about 12-inches long (for bigger flowers cut deeper and longer strips – experiment!) Fold in half right-side-out and stitch raw edges together using either a straight stitch or a serger. After stitching, use scissors to clip fabric about every 1/4″. So now you have a strip of fabric with little cuts from one end to the other. Clip the fabric as close to the stitching as possible without cutting through it.
For the stems we used kabab sticks and covered them with green floral tape. Some of the floral tape didn’t have much “stickiness” to it so we had to glue the beginning and the end of the tape with a hot glue gun. Just put a dab of glue on the starting end, start winding at the top of the stick (flat end) and continue winding the tape around the stick, stretching slightly as you wind down to the end. Then put another dab of glue on end of tape and press firmly.
When glue is dry on taped stick, take one end of fabric, put a dab of glue on it, place on blunt end of stick and start winding around and around. As you go, place a dab or strip of glue on fabric. Some of us used hot glue and some used Elmer’s glue – that’s what I used and it worked fine. You should be able to feel and see the top of the stick as you wind around it. Put a dab of glue at the end of fabric strip and you are done! Flower will look a little tight so fluff out the strips (petals) to your liking.