Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tutorial: Tattered Roses with Hot Glue Gun Helpers

Tattered roses are all the rage! My grandmother taught me how to make these 30 years ago using wide ribbon and a needle and thread. If you wanna stitch them, just replace the glue spots with a stitch or two. If you wanna make some quick roses - use Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun Helpers! (shipping to stores soon!!!!!)

The roses can be used to embellish just about anything! Jewelry, headbands, purses, gifts, party favors. They can be made in a variety of sizes too. Practice with a scrap of fabric first. After two roses you will be an expert!

1. Begin with a long strip of torn fabric. Taffata (show here) creates a tattered edge. Cotton looks county chic and knit fabrics (recycled tees) have a soft urban look. This piece was 30" x 3".

2. Add hot glue to one corner.

3. Fold the strip in half and press into the hot glue.

4. Fold over the end to form an angle. Hot glue to secure.

5. Fold over the strip of fabric and begin wrapping around the first glued fold from step 4.

6. Continue folding and wrapping. It should look something like this.

7. Continue to add hot glue where needed. Fold and wrap until you are 1 way around the first fold.

8. Use a Hot Glue Gun Helper paddle to pick up small amount of glue if needed.

10. Once you have made it around the first fold trim off the extra tail.

10. Bring the fabric to the back of flower.

11. Secure with hot glue.

12. Press and hold with a HGGH finger cap for protection.

13. Continue folding and wrapping along the back of the flower.

14. When you reach the end, hot glue the last bit of fabric.

15. Press to secure.

16. Hot glue a gem in the center

17. Use the pointed paddle to press the gem.


  1. LOVE. We are going to talk about this a lot at the booth. . . xo

  2. Blazingstars Cathy11:13 PM

    *I love the rose its so pretty.

  3. Love it! Hey, I just realize you were on that craft show. Cool.

  4. wow. awesome!! so easy! found you thru "one pretty thing"

  5. I have a pair of old canvas shoes that are going to get a make over today...nice embellishment for the the cool hot glue tools too!

  6. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I have so many different fabric strips that I've been saving for just such an occasion. Can't wait to try this out. Crafty Goodness!

  7. Great photos. I can see why you need the little finger protectors. That's a lot of hot-gluing! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great Idea! Thanks for the tutorials! Your pictures are so clear and helpful. I shared some of your ideas on my facebook page, Homemade Gift Ideas. I hope you don't mind. LMK if you do and I can remove them. I just thought it might help others make homemade gifts. Thanks!


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