Flowers

Jane

Jane

I thought I'd throw you off by showing a serious look. Doesn't it make you want to laugh? My boobs really aren't that big either. But, I'm not going to complain about the camera capturing them that way.

Don't you think this brooch turned out lovely? You can also pin it to a hat and throw it out in the backyard, err I mean put it on your baby's head.

Materials:

  • Premade flower with stem
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Felt
  • Safety pin

Start with a store bought flower. I found this one at Hobby Lobby on sale. Just pop the stem off. A small piece of plastic will be left sticking out. Gently pull away the green leaf layer. You can see that the flower is just hot glued together.

Continue pulling the flower apart. In the first picture above, you can barely see that there are white plastic inserts. These help give form to the flower. I thought it was too much form so I removed them. Once the forms are removed, use hot glue to attach the petals back together. Exclude the small center piece with the plastic straw stem.

Cut a circular piece of felt. You could just hot glue the felt to the back of the flower, but why stop there when you are having so much fun? Let's cut slits in the felt and insert a safety pin to make a brooch. Hot glue the felt to the flower.

Pick out a button and hot glue it to the center of the front of the flower.

The Real Deal: It cost about $5 in materials if you buy them on half off at Hobby Lobby.

Phoebe

Phoebe

Another flower to add to your stash! What a sunny, bright flower. Makes me think of coming spring.

Materials: felt, hot glue and gun, pom pom, stiff felt (optional)

Cut 2 – 4 inch squares of felt. Slice in 4 directions as shown above.

Roll each corner as pictured above and use hot glue to hold it together. Hot glue goes a lot farther than I used to think. It's important to only use a small dab of glue for three reasons:

1. Far less likely to get burned  

2. No point in wasting hot glue when a little will do 

3. A lot of hot glue tends to seep into additional layers of fabric nearby, making things stick that you don't want stuck.

To keep the outside layer of the roll from sticking to the inside, I used tweezers. I think you will see what I mean when you try it.

Stack one rolled felt square on another and hot glue them together in the center. At this point the flower is floppy. So, I hot glued a 1.5" diameter piece of stiff felt onto the back. 

Hot glue the pom pom to the center and your set! Are you ready for spring to come?

Check out more felt flowers here, here, here, and here.

The Real Deal: It cost less than $0.50 to make.

Polly

Polly

I know I am in the middle of Shoe Sauce week, but… I thought of this last night and could not wait to share it! This is Polly. So bubbly and bright… makes me feel warm even though it's 28 degrees out.

Start with 6 strips of 3/4 inch ribbon 3 inches long. Roll each strip, and use hot glue to adhere one end to the other.

Cut a 1.5 inch diameter circle of felt. Use a small amount of hot glue to attach the one inch diameter pom to the felt. I purchased the poms from Hobby Lobby.

Use hot glue to attach each ribbon loop to the felt.

So fun to make! So pretty to look at!

The Real Deal: It cost me less than $0.50 to make this flower.

Shari

Shari

Are you surprised to see another flower tutorial? Let's call her Shari. 

Shari was born from the bottom of a pair of my yoga pants. Okay, I'm not a yoga fan. That's beside the point. But, I LOVE yoga pants. You know how the length shrinks when you wash pants like these? Since my pants became high-waters, I just cut off the bottom to make them knee length. 

Start with 5 large circles, 8 medium circles, and 8 small circles. I used 2.5", 2", and 1.5", respectively. Make 4 sets of stacked circles. One large on bottom, 2 medium in the middle, and 2 small on top. 

The fifth large circle will be the piece that all four stacks are sewn onto. Thread a needle and knot the end of the thread. Pick up one stack of circles and enter with the needle from the bottom center. Pull the thread through.

Send the needle back through the stack of fabric. Pass the thread through the center of the single large circle. 

Pass the needle back through the single fabric circle. Pick up another stack. Enter the bottom center of the stack with the needle.

Pass the needle back through the stack and through the single fabric circle. Do this for the other 2 stacks. Tie off the thread on the underside of the single fabric circle. Cut away the excess thread. Notice that each stack is sewn through almost the center of the single fabric circle.

My high-waters produced a lovely flower, don't you think?

The Real Deal: It pretty much cost me $0 since I used clothing material on hand. 

Ellie

Ellie

On with the quest to conquer fabric flower making…

Isn't little Ellie so cute?

Start with 24 inches of 4mm decorative trim. You can find trim like this on a roll in the ribbon section of a craft store. This will yield a 1.25 inch diameter flower. Tie knots the entire length of the trim.

Make the knots close together. Keep on tying…

This is what you should have now.

Cut off the ends. Swirl the trim in a circle.

Put a blob of hot glue on a piece of felt. Place the flower on the glue and hold it down until the glue dries.

Cut away the excess felt. And there you have an Ellie.

Add your little Ellie to a clip or headband. Either way, she'll be a cute one!

The Real Deal: It cost less than $0.50 to make one.

Go and be pretty,

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