Tutorial: Elegant Lace and Burlap Flower

Lace and Burlap Flower Tutorial

I took an informal poll asking what type of tutorial everyone would like to see and these lace and burlap varieties won! Because I'm "craft challenged," my rules when making these were (1) little precision required and (2) no hot glue! I can do this, so with a little practice, you can too.

The written steps, along with an infographic, are here. You can also follow along with the video on YouTube. As a side note, my cat Shadow co-stars in this one. It was an adventure. Don't miss the out takes starting at the end (click here to skip straight to the kitty out takes).

The video and all the photos are by my daughter, Amarette.

What You Need

  • A square of burlap 3" or larger, depending what size flower you want to make.
  • Scallop lace trim or fabric edge cut 1/4 the width of your burlap and three times the length. (Example: a 6" square of burlap gets a 2" x 18" piece of lace.)
  • Scissors.
  • Tape measure.
  • Needle.
  • Thread the same color as your lace.
  • Clear-drying glue.
  • Small jewels or other decoration for the center.

Step 1: Prepare the Burlap

Starting far enough ahead of time for the glue to dry, cut the burlap square and apply glue to two opposite edges. Leave a glueless inch or so at each corner. 

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(Note: You can find different kinds of burlap here...by the bolt or yard and burlap decorations.)

(Note: You can find different kinds of burlap here...by the bolt or yard and burlap decorations.)

Step 2: Make the Bottom Layer

a. Begin making the bottom layer by folding the burlap square into 1/4, with the glued edges long-ways.

  • Fold in half, glued edges touching.
  • Fan fold into 1/4.

b. Cut petals and secure double-looped thread at center.

  • The narrow ends of the folded burlap will be the petals. Cut one end to be rounded or pointed, whatever shape you'd like for the base layer.
  • Fold in half and, using the first end as a pattern for the second, cut the opposite end of burlap into petals.
  • While still folded (so you don't have to measure), loop a doubled burlap strand around the center and secure it with a knot. The knot should be on the same side as your edges that have glue on them.

c. Fan out petals and sew edges together to round out the layer.This step is why we put glue on the edges: it keeps the edges from fraying when you sew them together.

  • Working from the underside, sew together loose edges, pinching together two glued edges and threading the needle across, through the burlap. These can be large stitches and they don't have to be neat...no one will see the underside of your flower!

    Check the front to see where you should stop sewing.

  • Tie off the thread and repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Make the lace layer.

  • Working along the non-scallop edge of the lace, use the needle and thread to gather it together. Weave the needle in and out then pull tight.
  • From the underside, sew the raw end edges together to make a circular flower.
  • Knot off and cut the thread.   

Step 4: Sew the two layers together.

Using the needle and thread, attach the two layers together.

  • Starting from the bottom, pull needle through the center of both levels, then back down again.
  • Do this two or three times, then knot off from underneath. Pull as tightly as you like to get the look you want.

Step 5: Add the center decoration.

The center decoration can be anything you'd like, from a balled up strand of burlap, to a button, or jewel(s). Simply sew or glue it to the center.

You are done! Congratulations!

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