No blossoms in your garden? No problem! Create fabric flowers! Easy to make tulips announce that spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom. This is a great way to use leftover prints from your fabric stash.
Designed by: Lori Harder
Crafting Time: Evening
Coats Dual Duty XP All Purpose Thread – 2 spools (1 contrasting color for flowers, 1 green for leaves), Coats Cotton Covered Bold Quilting Thread – 1 spool (yellow)
Variety of floral prints – we used “Spots” Fat Quarter Bundle- by Kaffe Fassett for Rowan
¼ yd (.23m) fabric (lighter shade of printed green fabric for top of leaf and darker shade for lining bottom of leaf)
1 ½ yd (1.37 m)paper backed fusible web
26 Gauge silver florist wire
24 Gauge green florist wire
Florist stem wire, 12 – 15” (37.5 cm) per flower
Green Florist tape
1 ½” (3.8 cm) Styrofoam balls
Cardboard for making templates. Download Template
- Prepare pattern templates:
-Print and cut out pattern pieces for flower and leaf. Trace flower and leaf onto cardboard and cut out.
-Cut out a cardboard square 3 ½” x 3 ½” (9 cm x 9 cm) to be wrapped with quilting thread for the inside of flowers.
- Using a marker dark enough to see on fabric, trace flower pattern onto flower fabric 2 times for each flower (12 times for 6 flowers). Marks should show through fabric and fusible web.
- Trace the leaf 1 time on leaf fabric for each flower (6 times for 6 flowers). Place flowers and leaves close together on fabrics to reduce waste. Cut a piece of fusible web large enough to cover all the flowers and cut a second piece to cover the leaves. Following manufacturer’s instructions iron the rough side of web onto the wrong side of fabric for flowers. Peel off paper. Cut the flowers apart but do not cut around the flowers or leaves at this point or cut any lining fabric.
- Lay flower right side of fabric down with fusible webbing facing up on the ironing board. Work with one 3-petal section of a flower at a time. Use the lightweight 26 gauge silver florist wire to loop around the inside of a 3-petal section on top of the Fusible web and fabric for all 3 petals in one continuous line, overlapping about ½” (1.25 cm) as shown on the pattern piece, then cut with wire cutters. These wire pieces will be about 21” (53.5 cm) long. The wire loops do not have to be exact on the placement of the 3-petal section of flower which adds to the hand-made individualistic look of the flowers.
- Start on one petal at a time holding the loop down on the fusible and place the lining fabric, wrong side down on top of wire. Using a press cloth, press one petal at a time making sure that the wire stays away from the edge of the cut flower. Straighten out any wrinkles, then using press cloth press on top of the whole flower to get the center adhered. Repeat steps 2 – 3 for all 3-petal sections of the flowers. Cut out the flowers just inside the marked lines so the lines do not show.
- Set the machine zigzag stitch width at 1/8” (3 mm) and stitch length at approximately 12 stitches per inch (2 ½ cm). Zigzag on top of the lighter colored lining fabric centering the stitch over the wire being careful not to hit the wire with the needle and overlap a few stitches at the end to finish.
(Figure 1, Figure 2) Repeat step 4 for all flowers.
Working with one leaf at a time place right side of fabric down and then fusible web rough side down on top of fabric on the ironing board. Use manufacturer’s instructions to iron on the Fusible web. Peel paper off Fusible web. Cut the leaves apart but do not cut around the leaves at this point or cut any lining fabric. Center one of the flower stem wires on top of the Fusible web and fabric leaf. Place the leaf lining fabric wrong side down on top of the Fusible web and using a press cloth, press on each side of the stem wire. Place the press cloth on top of the leaf and press on top of the whole leaf. Cut the leaves out just inside the marked lines so the lines do not show.
- Set your machine to zigzag at a stitch width of ¼” (6 mm) and 11 stitches per inch (2.5 cm). Zigzag on top of the lighter leaf fabric centering the stitch over the stem wire being careful not to hit the wire with the needle. Leave about 3 inches of thread at start and finish to tie off threads. Use a dot of Fray Check on the knots. Cut out leaves just inside the marked lines so the lines do not show. Repeat steps 5 – 6 for each leaf.
Assemble the Flowers
- Cut a 5” square of flower lining fabric for each flower. Punch a hole through the center of Styrofoam ball using a ¼” (6 mm dowel), narrow pencil or pen. Cut 6 yd (6.5 m) of quilting thread. Wrap thread around the 3 ½” (9 cm) cardboard square. Make a pompom by slipping the looped thread off of the cardboard and tying a 7” (17.7 cm) length of quilting thread around the loops of thread. Fold the loops in half and wrap with a 7” (17.7 cm) length of quilting thread near one end and tie off.(Figure 3)
Cut the loops on the opposite side of the pompom so that the ends will be even. Center the pompom over the 5” (12.7 cm) square of fabric and sew it on. Center the square of fabric wrong side over the Styrofoam ball and pompom facing out on top of the hole in the Styrofoam ball. Push the base of the pompom into the hole. Close the fabric square around the Styrofoam ball and stitch it loosely at the base on the opposite side of the hole. Using a stem wire go through the stitched base and poke a hole in the ball coming from the opposite side of the hole up through the hole and fabric square. Bend a hook in the end of the wire pushed through the ball. Pull the stem wire down into the hole beside the pompom.
- Snip a small hole in the center of two 3-petal flower sections and thread the wire through the holes with the lining side facing the ball. (Figure 4)
Bend and form the petals around the ball with the outside section petals over the sides of the inner petals. Wrap a 12” (30 cm) piece of green 24 gauge florist wire around the top part of the stem directly under the flower and build up the wire more at the base of the flower tapering off down the stem to hold the flower in place. Wrap 18” (45 cm) pieces of florist tape around the stem starting at the top with florist tape going down to anywhere from 2” (5 cm) to 6” (15.3 cm), then align the leaf stem alongside the flower stem and continue wrapping the two together until reaching the bottom and then come back up a few inches.(Figure 5) It may take several pieces of florist tape to wrap the entire stem. Repeat steps 7 – 8 for each flower.
- Using a glue gun, glue the outside 3-petal section to the inner 3-petal sections so that each petal overlaps the sides of the inner petals. (Figure 6) Repeat step 9 for all flowers. (Figure 7)
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