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Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers

Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers shares how to make this vintage vibe retro Momma Aleene fabric flower. Lots of great history with this flower because it was this technique that inspired Aleene to formulate her world-famous Aleene’s Tacky Glue! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Fabric & Wire Retro Flower YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Turbo Tacky in the Tacky Pack
Drink bottle cap (for bending wire)
18 gauge wire (approximately 8″ for each petal)
Fabric (I used upholstery and sweater fabrics on my flower)
Scissors
Needle and thread (to create fabric yoyo for flower center)
Polyfil (for flower center)
Florist tape – green
Wood skewer (for flower stem)
Wire and beads (optional for flower center)

Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-1 Select drink bottle cap to create desired size for petal. If desired, you can paint wire with black acrylic paint (or any color desired).
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-2 Bend wire around bottle cap to help form top edge of petal shape.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-3 Twist ends of wire to form petal shape.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-4 Apply Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue to the wire.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-5 Press wire onto the right side of fabric. I like to line up the twisted end of the petal with the edge of my fabric because it makes it easier to cut when the glue is dry. Use your fingernail or toothpick to remove excess glue from fabric. You want to the glue to hold to the fabric but you don’t want too much excess glue. Set aside to dry. Repeat to create 5 petals per flower.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-6 When the glue is dry, cut away excess fabric from outside of wire petal.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-7 Apply line of glue to back edge of fabric and press onto next layer of fabric. Let dry for about 10 minutes.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-8 Cut away excess fabric leaving approximately 1/4″ to create layered fabric look, tapering away fabric as you reach the twisted wire.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-9 Cut circle of fabric from fabric (I used sweater material). Sew running stitch approximately 3/8″ from edge. Pull stitch to create yoyo shape, insert polyfil and then pull stitching tight. Knot thread to hold in place.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-10 Bend ends of petal wires down. Gather 5 petals together.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-11 To hold petals together, wrap wires with florist tape. Place wooden stick next to wrapped wires and attach by wrapping with florist tape.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-12 Adjust petals as desired. Apply Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue to center of flower.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-13 Press flower center into glue with seam side down.
Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers-14 To create leaf, bend wire into desired shape. Glue onto fabric. Let glue dry completely before cutting fabric along wire line. On this sample, I also added fringed fabric and wired beads to the center of my flower. To finish the stem, tear strip of green fabric approximately 1″ wide. Apply dab of glue to end of fabric and begin wrapping around stem, securing with glue every few inches. Secure at end with glue and cut off excess.

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