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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Seam Binding Roses~ How To..

Hello my dear friends,

today I am so excited to share my latest free tutorial with you! It is the how to make my seam binding roses. They are easy to make and look so beautiful and you could use them for so many different things.

This is going to be a longer post since I have taken many photos so you can see everything really well. Please note that I did not design how to make these roses ~ I am only showing you how I make mine.

This is what you will need:
~ Fabric or the piece you want to embellish
~ Seam binding
~ A large needle for the seam binding
~ An embroidery needle for either embroidery floss or strong thread
~ Embroidery floss or strong thread in the color of your seam binding
~ A sewing needle and thread (to sew the pearls onto the rose)
~ Pearls/beads for the centers of the roses
 ~ Embroidery hoop
~ Scissors
~ Pencil or disappearing quilt marker (when using velvet I use a fine tip Sharpie pen)
~ Coins or small round objects (for the size of the rose)
~ Piece of lace or doily (if you wish)

And now you can start ...

Using your pencil or marker draw a circle onto you fabric where you would like the rose to be.
(When I used velvet I had to use a fine Sharpie pen to draw with.)

Mark 5 dots as if you were to draw a 5 pointed star.

Now place your fabric in the embroidery hoop that is nice and taught. Double thread your smaller embroidery needle with your embroidery floss or strong thread and knot at the end.


Now stitch a 'star' into the circle using the dots as guidance. Secure the thread in the back well and cut the thread off.

Next ... thread your large needle with a length of seam binding and knot it at the end. I think that I thread about 30 inches/75 cms when I make my large roses. I always have a leftover piece of seam binding once the rose is done but I would rather have too long a piece than a piece that is too short. I just hold on to my leftovers and use them in other projects.

Hold your hoop and from the back stitch through your fabric close to the center of the thread star.
(This can be difficult at times because of the size of the needle with the seam binding so be careful and tug gently until it goes through.)

 Now twirl your needle around a few times so the the seam binding curls but not too much.
If your seam binding becomes flat again whilst making it, twirl the needle a few times again.

Now the 'growing of the rose' starts ...


 (sorry for the bad picture)

... you are going to weave your seam binding into your thread star by either going over or under the thread alternately.

I like my larger roses to be very full so I try and use as much seam binding as I can that is on my needle. You can make your roses of course as full as you like - just don't over fill it!

When you are at the end pull your needle through the fabric by going slightly under the rose and make a knot. Make sure you carefully push your knot towards the fabric to tighten it but don't pull too hard or you will ruin your rose. Cut the seam binding off leaving a small tail. I like to take the needle and thread and secure the knot with a few small stitches to prevent it from reopening which it sometimes can because the seam binding is quite smooth.

And now your rose is almost done. The only thing left is to sew the pearls into the center of the rose. For this take your sewing needle and thread it with strong thread and knot the end.

Now going through the center of the back of the rose, firstly fold the 'ribbon tails' over each other and push your needle through them.

Once your needle is through to the front center of the rose, thread a pearl into the needle, position the pearl in the center of the rose and then go back through the rose. Do this 3 times and then secure the thread and cut it off.

Now your rose is finished!

If you wish to embroider your rose onto a small tattered piece of lace or old doily, this is how I do it ...

Start by drawing your circle and marking it with your 5 dots onto a strip of muslin.

Next center the area and slip stitch your lace/doily piece over it so that you drawing is on the back and visible to you and then place it into your embroidery hoop.

Now continue as you would before ~ as above.

Once your rose is completed, carefully cut it out leaving a circle of muslin under the rose slightly smaller than the rose but beware not to go too close to the stitches!

Again your rose is now completed!

I work very hard on my tutorials and take many photos too in hope that it will help you lovely bloggers, even those that have never created before, to be able to learn how to create a little something.

I hope you have enjoyed today's tutorial ~ maybe you will try it out one day. I would love for you to visit me here at Todolwen some time again.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Oh, your roses are so beautiful, I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  2. Thank you! This is a very beautiful flowers and useful lesson for me!

  3. wonderful job sweetie.
    so nice of you to take time to do up the tutorial for us.


  4. Thank you so much Karen for putting this tut together. I was really hoping you'd show us how to create these beauties. All the pics and your explanations
    were very helpful. Can't wait to give it a go. Smiles, ~Nan

  5. Thank you for this tutorial! It excites my creative juices.

    Your work is oh so lovely.


  6. Muchisimas gracias por el tutorial. te quedan preciosas.

  7. Oh, my gosh, I never would have thought to do that. They're beautiful. Thank you for the tut.

  8. Wow, now that is amazing. I had no idea how time consuming this must be...but oh so beautiful. Dianntha

  9. Awesome tutorial, Karen! Your pictures and instructions couldn't have been more clear! Great job and thank you!

  10. Thanks so much for this detailed tutorial, dear Karen! I love your roses, especially the one with the piece of lace underneath. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial, and I love the photos. Great use of those lace doilies.

  12. Was für eine wunderbare Idee, die Rose auf das kleine Ornament zu naehen. Ich danke Dir für diese Anleitung.
    Es ist schon wieder soooo schoen!
    Liebe Gruesse

  13. I'm a new follower and have been waiting for this tutorial. I just LOVE your roses and have been wondering how you made it. Now I know. Thank you so much for showing us.
    Hugs from Lina in Denmark

  14. How lovely! I'm a rug hooker and have made roses like this using strips of wool - they're fun to do too! Thanks for your excellent instructions!

  15. Thanks for the easy to follow and well photographed tutorial for such lovely roses. I don't always comment but stop by often to be inspired by you and your creations.

  16. Thank you for taking your time to show us how you make your roses. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

  17. Usted es una artista,la felicito.Un beso!!!

  18. Merci, merci...mille fois merci. What a great tutorial, and with all those pics, what a great teacher!
    Cheers :)

  19. Karen,
    Aren't these the most fun to make? I haven't yet used seam binding, but I have used the silk ribbon. They are so pretty and add so much to anything you put them on. And so much easier to make than you anticipate!
    Thnks for the instructions, I am soure many will love making them!

  20. Your seam binding roses are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful techniques. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  21. Great tutorial and I really need all those photos!! Thanks so much for the instructions. Your little roses are perfection.

  22. Excellent tutorial - thank you so much for sharing this - I love how your roses look on things!

  23. Thank you very much for doing this. Your work is beautiful!

  24. I have often wandered onto your inspiring blog and read all that you create. I think the roses are gorgeous and I will be making some soon. A very clear and thought out tutorial, thank you.
    Hugs Lizzy xx

  25. This is absolutely stunning Karen! Your roses have always been a thing of beauty to me and sharing them here with this fabulous tutorial is quite the gift. And it is a very fabulous tutorial!
    I will positively be trying this out in the future.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful method with us - this is a very generous thing you have done Karen

  26. Amazing!!! These are so beautiful!!! Your tutorials are always the very best!! We all love you for your amazing creative talents-- dearest Karen-- you are so blessed with such great intuition for creating.

    Love you--

  27. I lost your blog when blogger did their thing.. I am so glad I remember I bought a pattern from you as I miss your work.. thanks so much for this.. I so wanted this one post lots... I so love your flowers and roses... you are so very talented.. thanks so much for sharing..

  28. un grand merci,thank you so much, I love your blog , et ce que vous faites est tellement beautiful, thank you so much for sharing

  29. i love your work its so beautiful

  30. Wonderful tutorial! Lovely roses...and such good instructions. Thank you so much for sharing this method with us!

  31. I have just enjoyed your Tute,thank you

  32. thank you so much for all these wonderful tutorials. you are so creative
    and i appreciate and am blessed that you are willing to share. thank you so very much.

  33. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. I really appreciate the close up photos of the process. You worked hard on this blog post.

  34. Muy buen tutorial. Tus rosas me encantaron. Un abrazo.

  35. Muy buen tutorial. Tus rosas me encantaron. Un abrazo.