13 October, 2011

Tutorial - Fabric Pinwheels

Pinwheels... Is there anything more delightful?!?!? I must have made 1000 different type of pinwheels for Adele's party last weekend. I used them for the invitations, decorations, hair clips & cupcake toppers. So I thought I'd write a tutorial for a basic fabric pinwheel. This is my very first tutorial so please let me know if it's helpful. :)

So... here goes...


scrap fabric
fusible webbing
fabric scissors

My fave scraps and roll of fusible webbing
Step 1 - cut out a paper/cardboard square the size you want your pinwheel to be. I used a lot of different sizes so cutout a lot of different sized squares from 4cm by 4cm to 12cm by 12cm.

Step 2 - cutout a square of fusible webbing slightly larger than the size of the cardboard square you have chosen.

Step 3 - Fusible side down iron the webbing onto the wrong side of your fabric.

Step 4 - cut fabric out around the webbing.

Step 5 - peel paper backing off webbing. Webbing should be fully fused to the fabric.

Step 6 - Iron squares, webbing side down, onto wrong side of coordinating fabric.

Step 7 - get out your square pattern pieces and cut your squares.

Step 8 - cut 4 diagonal lines starting from each corner of the square and ending halfway to the middle (doesn't have to be too specific, so don't stress).

Step 9 - get your needle and thread out, it's time to sew. :) Tie a knot in the end of your thread and take your needle through the centre of the pinwheel. Start with one corner of the pinwheel. Take one of the points and sew it to the centre of the pinwheel.

Step 10 - Take your needle up through the centre of the pinwheel again, through the first point (this helps to anchor it down).

Step 11 - Repeat for point 2.

Step 12 - Repeat for point 3 and 4.

Step 13 - Sew your button to the centre.
Tada... a perfect pinwheel. :)

In the next few days I'm going to be putting up some more tutorials that use this basic pinwheel. So if you love these little babies and would like to use them on some sweet projects then pop back and have a look.

Here's a sneak peek...

hair clips

Pinwheel invites

Ok, I hope this helps. Happy pinwheeling... :)


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