I received several emails and comments requesting a tutorial for the little flowers the ladies made in the Party in the Garden class. Isn't it sweet!
For a flower the size of a half-dollar, start with a half-dollar
With a marking pen or pencil, trace around the half-dollar on the wrong side of your fabric.
Trace around the half-dollar five time and very carefully cut the circles out along the marked line. These are your petals.
Fold in half and press.
Fold in half again and press.
Make a running stitch along the bottom of the raw edge. DO NOT CUT OR KNOT YOUR THREAD YET.
Continue on with a running stitch with petal numbers 2 thru 5.
The petals are now all joined together and look like little dunce caps!
Gently, but firmly, pull the thread and gather the petals around in a circle.
This is where you need an extra set of hands. I used an applique board and pinned the last petal to the board while making a knot or two. Then sew the end of petal #1 to petal #5 with a couple of stitches. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.)
Now for the center. Use a dime-sized plastic template or a dime. Trace around with a marking pen, a generous 1/4" and cut along the marked line. (By the way, this is how I make all of my circles for berries or flowers for all of my applique projects.)
Iron the section, then remove your template or dime. Don't worry about removing the template. Since the section was pressed, the fabric will have a memory and know where it is supposed to stay. If the section seems to be a little "loose", just tighten up the thread.
Now tie your knot and iron it again.....with steam, lots of steam.
At this point, I glued the center section to the flower petals, making sure no raw edges were visible.
The flower is ready to be used as an embellishment. Attach the flower by sewing around the center section with a blind applique stitch. To make it even more secure, use a button in the center. You have endless possibilities.
So there you go....total cuteness! These little flowers that will add charm to any project.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone while working on your Christmas To-Do Lists. Remember to carve out some time for yourself this weekend......and enjoy the process.