How to Sew A Rouched Rose


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How to Sew A Rouched Rose

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How to Sew A Rouched Rose


Start by cutting a 2-1/2" wide by width of fabric strip. (My fabric was 42" wide.)

Stitching Short End


Fold your fabric right sides together to form a 1-1/4" wide by width of fabric strip and stitch a 1/4" seam across one end and down the long side.

Stitching Down Long Side


Turn your tube right side out and press leaving the seam at the edge.

Pressed Tube


Use straight pins to mark the long edge in alternating 1" increments. (First put a pin on the right side at the 1" mark, then on the left side at the 2" mark and back to the right side at the 3" mark, etc.

Marked Tube


Using a doubled length of matching quilting thread that is knotted at the end, take running stitches down the open short end of the tube.

Stitch Down Open End


Then diagonally across the fabric strip from pin to pin.

Stitch Diagonally


Continue stitching diagonally from pin to pin drawing your thread up tight to form gathers as you go until you reach the end of the strip.

Continue Stitching Diagonally


When you have reached the end of your tube and the entire piece has been gathered, take several hidden stitches to secure the stitches.



Starting at the originally open end of the tube, start to bend the rouched (gathered) tube in a tight circle to form a spiral.

Beginning the Rose


Continue wrapping the gathered tube behind the original tight circle to form layers of flower petals.

Forming the Rose


Pin each "layer" to hold it in place.

Two Rows of Petals


Continue wrapping the gathered tube until you get to the end.

Flower Shape


Turn the flower over and stitch through the layers to hold them together taking care not to let your stitches be seen on the front side. Finished size is 3 – 3-1/2" across depending on how tightly you place your petal rows together.

Back Side of Flower


Turn over the rose and using a doubled piece of quilting thread, stitch some small pearl beads in the center. (I used 7 small pearls on this rose.) Tie off your thread on the backside of the flower. Now comes the fun part, decide how you would like to use the flower. By stitching on a pin back, it can become a lapel pin or a beautiful addition to brighten your winter coat or decorate a handbag, but it also makes for a pretty flower that can be appliqued onto a wall hanging or a pillow. Let your imagination run wild.

Finished Rouched Rose


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Finished Size
The final sewn measurement or dimensions of a completed block without seam allowances. Thus a 6" sewn measurement block would be cut 6.5" to allow for 1/4" seam allowances.
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
A construction technique in which long, narrow pieces of cloth are joined lengthwise, sometimes with long rows of quilt blocks, to form a quilt top. The term "strip" can be used to describe the long pieces of fabric between blocks (see Sashing) or to describe the small, narrow remnants used in string patchwork.

See Also: Sashing
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