Added Jun 26, 2011
As decoration for my red sofa, I saw an rose pillow in a shop, but unfortunately it was ways too expensive. So I decided to sew one myself. Here is the result.
I did not use any pattern. I just sewed a tube of red panne velvet (the longer you make it, the bigger you get the rose) and filled it with fiberfill. Then I curled a rosette and fixed the flower with some stitches of a long needle at the bottom (an upholstery needle is useful). I wasn`t satisfied with the center and fixed a small fabric ball (filled with fiberfill) in addition, to hide the stitches inside.
Now the turn was on the green sepals, I made them of grass-green Bouclé fabric.
I layed the rose on a big piece of paper and drew with a pencil shapes of sepals around it. So I got the pattern for 3 sepals in one piece and in the right size. Sepals must be bigger than the rose of course. I cut the pattern twice and sewed them together, with an open slot at the side, for turning it to the right side. To accentuate some leaf-veins, I sewed 1 tuck on each sepal. Then I filled the sepals with fiberfill, closed the slot by hand and sewed rose and sepals together ( used an upholstery needle). I found out that this is easier to do by using a stud at the sepal’s bottom. (I covered one with the green fabric). It looks also cleaner because you don`t see the stitches at the bottom.
Sorry, 1 picture is black and white only, my camera failed.
Green Bouclé, red Panne velvet (elastic), 1 stud, fiberfill
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