April showers bring May flowers but these fabric flowers will forever be in bloom!
This project is for all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
- Outgrown clothing
- spray starch
- hot glue gun
- sewing machine or needle & thread
- To create your flower, cut clothing into 14″ strips long x 4″ wide; spray with spray starch and iron for added stiffness. Fold strip in half to create a 2″ wide strip by 14″ long.
- Straight stitch along the folded edge. *Note: this step can be done by hand or machine, consider using a contrast color thread.
- With a long basting straight stitch; start at the folded edge; stitch along the length of strip edge, curving back to end at the corner. You will notice that it creates a half a half-moon shape. Leave the threads long at each end. Trim excess fabric away. Pull the top thread of your basting stitch to create gathers.
- Apply hot glue to the top of your twig and attach your flower fabric. Twist and turn the twig applying glue as needed. Tuck the tail of flower at the base of bud/twig.
- If you with like to attach a leave, cut a leave shape on fold; glue in place, wrapping around the twig.
I think these look great when grouped together.
Here are a few ideas on how to use them:
- Create a keepsake from your child’s favorite clothes.
- Use vintage sheets to create an amazing flower girl bouquet. This would be perfect for an outdoor wedding or maybe used for the rehearsal dinner for the flower girl.
- Take that wedding dress out of the box and create a wonderful bouquet. Scary to cut into I know, but just think of what an amazing keepsake they will create. Anniversary, a child’s birth, Christening or any special day!
I created these fabric flowers for the May 2012 issue of Green Child Magazine.
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