flouncy flowers {two tutorials & more}

flower-week

Well, today is the final day of flower week and I can say that I’ve loved it! I hope you have learned a few new things, have been inspired to create and maybe even finished a few of the projects. Like I said earlier this week, I could probably keep going for days and days with so many fun ways to create blossoms. I tried to narrow it down to five of my current favorites, but I just couldn’t. So today, there are two flowers.

Be sure to scroll all the way down for a few extra goodies at the end of the post.

The first flower today is a simple and modern one.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: satin fabric

:: beads for embellishing {I used pearls from a broken pearl bracelet}

:: round template {mine is approximately 2 1/2 inches}

:: needle, thread & scissors

STEP ONE: cut four circles

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STEP TWO: stack circles and stitch through center

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STEP THREE: add beads to center to embellish

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STEP FOUR: snip into circle

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And you’re done!

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Pin a little bunch to a sweater for a fun accessory.

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Cute and simple, right?

Let’s move right into the next flower:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: organza

:: a small piece of satin for the center

:: thread, needle & scissors

STEP ONE: cut organza into eight rectangles

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My rectangles are 2 x 1, but you could cut them any size you like

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STEP TWO: layer

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STEP THREE: stitch through the center of the layered pieces

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Just use a running stitch and go from end to end, gathering as you go

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STEP FOUR: wrap thread around center

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Tie off in back and snip thread and you’ll have this:

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STEP FIVE: add center embellishment

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cut small circle from satin {approximately 3/4”}

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fold into quarters and stitch through the bottom to secure

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then attach with a stitch through the center of the flouncy flower.

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So sweet. I attached two to a pair of shoes for a summery look:

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And there you have it. Flower Week 2011. Six great flower projects to get you in the spring and summer mood.

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As a special gift for mother’s day, I’ve created a free printable card for you to download and print.

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Just click the image below for the pdf, print on cardstock, cut along dotted lines and fold in half.

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I hope the mothers in your life enjoy it!

 

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rolled fabric flowers {tutorial}

Perhaps you’ve seen this flower elsewhere … it is a popular one.  There are many different ways to roll and fold the fabric for different looks, but today I’ll show how I make these rolled fabric flowers.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: fabric

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun {you could also hand stitch if you prefer}

STEP ONE: cut fabric into strip

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For this 2 1/2” flower, the strip is 2 1/4” x 28”

I tear the fabric both for ease and because I like the frayed edges

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STEP TWO: fold strip in half

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STEP THREE: roll end into a ball for the center

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Add a dab of hot glue to hold securely

STEP FOUR: twist and roll

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starting with the strip held straight, twist away from the center

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then roll around the center

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Did you get that? Twist away

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then roll.

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Every few twists you can add hot glue to hold

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Keep twisting and rolling to your desired size

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STEP FIVE: finish the back

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Leave a bit of fabric at the end so that you can flip it over the back

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add hot glue

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and trim the ends

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The back will look like that and the front looks like this:

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I attached a mini flower {and felt leaf} to a hair clip for the baby

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and added one to a piece of thin elastic for a dainty headband

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A bundled group of funky flowers makes a fun belt when pinned to a grosgrain ribbon.

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For this pillow I cut up an old shirt and used the material to hot glue a enormous flower to an existing pillow.

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I can’t decide if I’m in love, but it was super easy and a good mindless activity while the kids were out making mud pies in the back yard. You should have seen their muddy little bodies when they were finished. Oh my.

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So have you enjoyed flower week so far? I hope I’ve given you the inspiration and easy steps for making a few of these blossoms. I’ve heard from many that it is teacher appreciation week and a few of the flowers have been made for the sweet ladies who teach our kids. I’m sure they love receiving a hand-made gift! And, of course, we have Mother’s Day on Sunday and what mom doesn’t like a flower?!  So keep creating and I’ll be back tomorrow with one more flower tutorial.

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button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}.

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I saw this project in the April 2008 issue of FamilyFun magazine {yep, I still have the tear out in a binder}. I didn’t changed much from the original how-to, other than using silver wire instead of florists’ green.  These are super easy and a great craft to do with kids.

Here is what you’ll need:

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:: buttons in various sizes {I went monochromatic, but you can be as crazy as you want}

:: 26 gauge wire {or whatever you have that is easily bendable}

:: scissors or wire cutters

STEP ONE: select your buttons

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Choose three buttons in varying sizes and stack them up

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STEP TWO: cut wire to desired length {mine are approximately 6 inches}

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STEP THREE: thread wire through holes in buttons

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STEP FOUR: loop the wire up through the hole and down the opposite button hole

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{oh good heavens, don’t judge my hands}

Thread the wire back through the bottom button

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STEP FIVE: twist the wire to secure

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Aren’t they so sweet?

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I used a silver egg cup, added play dough to the inside {you could use florists foam if you have it, but I didn’t and play dough seemed to do the trick!} then covered with a bit of moss.  Poke the wire stems in and you have a playful little flower arrangement.

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These are the same button flowers that are in Audrey’s room, except in white and tied up with twine.

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I did a search on google images for ‘button flowers’ and look what else I found:

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How beautiful, unexpected and cheap{!} for bridal bouquets. Wish I thought of that for my wedding! You could even have each of the bridesmaids make their own at a button-flower making party. I like that idea.

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This is the photo from that magazine article where I first saw these flowers. They look awfully cute sticking out of a plant.

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And I love these ones that have black wire stems that twist all the way down. Very whimsical.

So many variations you can do with sizes and colors of buttons. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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