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Party Flower

by Grace Bonney

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You’re going to need something festive to wear to that party you’re planning, aren’t you? Or to give as gifts this season? These party flowers might just be the ticket. These flowers, just like the ornaments from yesterday, are super easy to make, and the best part is that these are made from woolens found at the thrift or secondhand store. Find just the right wool plaid coat or skirt, or a fabric remnant and you can make several of these. The weight of the wool fabric really gives nice body to these flowers. Pin them to anything….pillows…your jacket…even hang them from your tree!

CLICK HERE for the full project how-to after the jump!

Party Flower

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Supplies-

-Woolen weight plaid (solids would work too, but the weight of a wool fabric works best)
-Party Flower template (download here)
-disappearing fabric marker, or a pencil to make a light mark
-scissors
-a scrap piece of wool for the back of the pin, approx. 3″ x 3″.
-pin backs (available at Joann’s and other craft stores)
-matching thread
-handsewing needle
-fabric glue (or some type of strong glue)
-*flower stamens (optional) These can be ordered from Tinsel Trading

How to Make-

1. Using the 4 flower sizes on the template and your disappearing fabric marker (or light pencil mark), trace the amount needed onto the back of your fabric. Cut out carefully. (*Please note that all edges are left raw on these, I love it this way.)

  • large Flower- cut 1
  • 2nd largest flower- cut 4
  • 3rd largest flower-cut 4
  • smallest flower- cut 2

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2. The largest flower will be the base, so lay that one right side up onto your work surface, to attach the other flowers to. Next, take one of the 2nd largest flowers, and fold it into quarters, right side facing out.

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3. Lay this onto the large fabric flower, the folded point at the center of the large flower, and using needle and thread, make several stitches going through the folded point and the large flower, to hold it in place (this is the only point the flower is stitched down, so make sure its secure). Do this for the other three flowers this size.

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4. You will also do the same process to secure the next smaller sized flower, but for added fluff its nicer to turn your entire base a bit, so these aren’t laying directly over the others

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5. When sewing on the two smallest flowers, only fold them each in half (not in quarters), wrong sides together. Place them on the top of your flower, side by side, folded sides towards the center. Stitch these with some tiny stitches through their centers. Grab a few of the flower stamens (if you are using them), place them in between these two flowers (at their folds), and stitch down with a few inconspicuous stitches through the center of their stems (if the wire stems are long enough, I like to tie them all together in a knot before I stitch down.)

6. Add on the pin back. Using your scrap piece of wool, cut it into an oval-ish shape. Using your needle and thread, sew a pinback to the right side of this piece, centering it on the wool.

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7. Put a few dabs of fabric glue on the back side of this pinback/wool scrap piece, and carefully place in the center of the back of the flower (where all those handstitches will hopefully be covered up). Make simple handsewn whip stitches around the felt oval to secure onto the flower.

You’re done. Enjoy!

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