PRETTY POSIES make it POSIES
No water needed! These easy DIY fabric flowers make a fresh and everlasting bouquet.
MATERIALS Scraps of fabric in pinks and greens or colors of choice (small patterns work best) Wonder Under fusible web Kraft paper Pencil Self-cover buttons Sewing cotton Toning embroidery floss Craft wire for stems Needle Pinking shears (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS 1. CHOOSE TWO SHADES of soft pink fabric to make the front and back of the petals. Bond these together with Wonder Under. 2. USING KRAFT PAPER AND A PENCIL, make a template for the petals and the leaves in the sizes you want. Cut out 12 individual petal shapes from the bonded fabric (enough for one flower head). Also cut out a ¾-inch-diameter circle from the green fabric. (It will look prettier if you use pinking shears to create a zigzag edge.) 3. FOLD EACH PETAL IN HALF lengthwise and crease with your fingers to give it a curved shape. Hold the green circle of fabric wrong side up and sew each petal onto it at the crease. You will need to position the petals close together to get the best effect, so don’t sew them flat; keep them folded and as close together as you can. Work all around the edge of the circle until all 12 petals are attached. 4. TO CREATE THE FLOWER CENTER, cut a toning 1-inch-diameter circle of fabric and embroider a little group of French knots in the center. 5. MAKE A ROW OF SMALL RUNNING STITCHES around the edge of the fabric and pull gently to gather. Put this over a self-cover button, pull tight and add the back over the button to seal in all the raw edges. 6. TAKE A LENGTH of craft wire just over double the length you’d like your finished stems to be. Thread it through the shank of the button until it’s halfway through, and then twist the wire and knot the ends. 7. POKE A SMALL HOLE in the center of your petals and push the craft-wire stem through. Push until the button sits snugly among the petals. You may need a stitch or two to secure it. 8. ONCE YOU HAVE MADE as many flowers as you like, you will need leaves to complete the look. Use your leaf template to cut six shapes from scraps of the green fabric. This will make one three-leaf sprig. 9. TAKE THREE LENGTHS of craft wire, fold in half and twist to make a stem for each leaf. Make the top twist as a loop, and then put this between two of your fabric leaves (wrong sides together). Thread your needle with embroidery floss and stitch around the edges of the leaves to join them. Make sure your first stitches catch through the wire loop to secure it. Add a few running stitches down the center of the leaves to make veins. 10. WHEN YOU HAVE MADE three leaves, twist all the stems together to make one sprig. Make as many sprigs as you like.