Fluffy Flower Tutorial

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!  We're off to visit family in just a bit, but first, I think that it's close enough to Christmas that I won't be giving anything away by sharing a fun, little, fluffy flower, pin tutorial with you all.  This isn't by any stretch of the imagination thought up by me, myself, and I but rather is a mix of lots of different designs I've seen all over the world wide web.  Enjoy!
I used a sweet, plaid flannel I found, but this kind of fabric flower works great with stiffer fabrics like wool and even felt.  If you're hunting for that stiffer look, you could also use whatever you have on hand and spray starch or fabric stiffener, or I've even heard a glue and water mix does the trick.  So, here's the goodies you'll need to get started...
  • 1 extra large flower
  • 4 large flowers
  • 4 medium flowers
  • 4 small flowers
  • felt 1" to 2" circle
  • pin
I used my Big Scallop Circles LG dies, from Spellbinders, for the flowers themselves and Wplus9 Design's Circle Stackers 1 die for the felt backer.
Start by marking the center of the extra large flower and folding one of the large flowers first in half...
and then in quarters, being sure not to line up the scallops for a little added fullness.  Anchor, in the center of the extra large flower, with three or four hand stitches at its center point.
Do that for all four of the large flowers.
Do the same for all four of the medium flowers, but match their centers up with the connections of and on top of the previously stitched large flowers.
Once again, anchor the four small flowers in the same way as the previous sizes, being sure to stitch their centers at the same place where the folds of the medium flowers meet.  This prevents your eye from being drawn directly to that fold line but rather keeps it focused on the overall design.
Continue to use that same length of thread as you attach each and every layer of the flower itself.  Another length will be used to anchor the pin to the center of your felt circle, or you can leave the pin off and attach to another project, but the first length itself can carry on to anchor the felt backer to the back of the extra large fabric flower and cover up any messy stitching.
And there you have it!  I used these cuties to dress up jars of our homemade, using cucumbers from our vegetable garden, Amish Garlic Sweet Pickles.
We gave a few other yummy treats as gifts this Christmas, but I'll wait and share them another time.  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a safe and blessed holiday season!  Hugs!


anya said...

These are fabulous, Jinny! I love the plaid!

Lynn said...

Oh that plaid is gorgeous Jinny! What a wonderful gift. Safe travels to your family today Jinny! Merry Christmas xoxo!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhh that flower is just gorgeous!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Sheryl said...

What a great idea for a jar topper!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool Miss Lady!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial. I love your plaid, fluffy flower.

gracescraps@gmail.com said...

What a great flower!! Thanks for the tutorial! ~ Blessings, Tracey


Kim Ryden said...

Cute, cute pin! Love it!