Today I am going to show you how to make Rosetta fabric flowers to embellish your T-shirt. I used a T-shirt that I had just bought at Target for $5.00, but use whatever T-shirt you have in any color you want.
Make sure you contain any obstacles that are in your way before you sew. Mine always has a habit of playing with my foot pedal as I am trying to use it.
2. I grabbed a yard of fabric ( but you can use whatever scraps you have) and cut a 3" strip on the fold of my fabric. So when I opened the strip up I had a 44" long strip. I liked this since the selvages were on each end and you don't have to worry about fraying.
3. Then I sewed the strip right sides together.
Now that your 44" long strip is all sewn together you need to make it right side out.
4. Attach a safety pin. This will give you something to hold on to as you turn the fabric right side out.
5. Stick the safety pin in the opening.
6. Start pushing the safety pin up the tube, it will start gathering at the bottom as you do this.
7. As it gathers to much you then pull on the bottom where it is gathered and this will help loosen the gathers so that you can continue pushing the safety pin up the tube to get it all the way out.
Here is a video if you are confused or are like me and need more of a visual.
8. Once the safety pin is all the way out pull the fabric at the bottom until all of it is right side out. Now you have your strip to start sewing your rosetta embellishment. FYI: Do not iron since we want it to be rounded.
9. Figure out where you want your rosetta on your t-shirt and take one side of the strip that has the selvage edge and sew it down. MAKE SURE YOU ARE ONLY SEWING ONE LAYER OF YOUR T-SHIRT SO THAT YOU DON'T SEW YOUR SHIRT TOGETHER. Make sure that your seam from where you sewed the strip together is on the inside of the circle so that as you sew the rosetta the seam will not show.
10. Start sewing in a circle, we are starting with the outside circle first. As you sew fold over some of the material and sew over your folds. This will help get more of the flower look.
11. As you sew you will see that it starts to stick up like a flower petal does which is exactly what we want.
12. As you start the next circle sew it down right below where your last circle was sewn down. As you do this then the "petal" will cover the stitching.
13. When you get to the inside where you have covered the t-shirt with all the circles and you have some extra fabric, cut the fabric so that you have alittle left to finish the rosetta.
14. Since you now have a raw edge, stick the raw edge into the hole so none is showing. Hint: I rolled the fabric to help it get into the hole and then used a pencil to help stick it inside.
15. Once that is done then I back stitched on the very center of the rosetta to help hold everything in place.
You are done!
If you want to add more, then just make sure you start the next one really close to the last so that they butt up against eachother and just follow the same process. You can always make your rosetta's different sizes!!!
If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will answer them there.