Sakes Alive! It's day five!
(okay, these are getting corny, I admit, but I wanted to see if I could keep coming up with them- heh-heh)
Even if you think you can't sew, these fabric flowers are super-duper easy! You just have to try one!
If you don't have any fabric lying around you could use an old sheet, clothes that the kids have outgrown, little baby things that you love (imagine giving grandma a flower brooch made from pieces of fabric from all her grandkids favorite clothes!), dishcloths that have outlived their usefulness and anything else made from fabric.
Here's what you need to get started:
Needle & Thread
Circle Template (I used a juice glass)
Fabric Marking Pencil (a regular pencil would probably do the job)
First choose the fabric you'll use for the petals. I love how different patterns & colors looked mix-matched, but you could use all the same fabric.
Next trace the circle template onto your fabric.
The larger the circle you use, the large your petals and flower will be.
Cut out your circles.
Once you've cut your circles, iron, iron, iron! (remember how I feel about ironing?)
Believe me this really effects the look of your project.
And the fabric is so much easier to work with when crisply ironed. :)
Don't "drag" your iron across the fabric, but actually just press and lift, press and lift. Dragging will cause your fabric to stretch and be misshapen.
See? So much prettier!
Now you'll fold your circle in half and then in half again, *pressing* after each fold.
Once you have all your petals folded and pressed, it's time to stitch!
(Normally you would use matching thread, but in this case I used a contrasting thread so you could see a little better.)
Continue stitching, gathering and connecting until all your petals are complete.
Now that you're finished gathering all your petals you'll need to close the gap by stitching the last petal to the first.
Next choose a button for the center of your flower.
(yes, sometimes I buy clothes at garage sales just for the buttons and tags!)
Hot glue your button to the center of you flower and your flower is complete!
You can attach a pin back for a lovely brooch, add it to a barrette for a little girl, use it on a card, a scrapbook page, a t-shirt, a tote bag, a journal cover.
I think a garland of these strung in a little girl's room would be lovely too!
So that wraps up the first week of 31 Crafty Flowers in 31 Days!
I hope you are having as much fun as I am with this!
Please send me links & photos if you're participating!
If I get enough I might even start a little gallery here for *your* flowers!
Have a fantastic weekend!
"Just as parents are kind to their children, the LORD is kind to all who worship Him, because He knows we are made of dust. We humans are like grass or wild flowers..."