09 abril, 2011

Flores cheias de textura...

These are a quick-and-easy project that is totally doable in a half hour or less. I just love the juxtaposition of the felt and burlap textures here!

For this project, you will need...

Felt in various colors
Hot glue
Pin backs
Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.

Prep Work

Cut out your fabric strips. For each flower, you will use the following dimensions:

Large flowers:
1 center piece, cut to 2 x 5 inches
1 petal piece, cut to 3 x 12 inches

Small flowers:
1 center piece, cut to 1.5 x 3.5 inches
1 petal piece, cut to 2.5 x 8 inches

Note: Be sure to cut 1 piece from each fabric type for each flower. For example, if your center piece is felt, make sure to use burlap for the petal piece, and vice versa.

step 1 / Fold your petal piece in half lengthwise, and, using a 1/8-1/4" seam, sew the open side shut. Use your shears to snip your pieces, as shown, cutting as closely as possible to your line of stitching as you can without cutting any of your stitching. Note: For large flowers, make snips about 1/2" apart; for small flowers, make snips about 3/8" apart.

step 2 / Take your center piece and dab three dots of hot glue along one of the long edges, as shown. Fold the piece in half lengthwise, and press. Starting at one of the narrow ends, start rolling your piece up. When you get to the end, place a dab of hot glue at the end to secure your roll.
step 3 / Across the seam where your roll is glued together, place a small line of hot glue along the raw (unfolded) edge of your rolled piece. Starting at this point, adhere the end of your petal piece and start wrapping it around your center piece, adding small dabs of hot glue every so often to keep things nice and secure. When you get to the end of your petal piece, secure the end with a dab of hot glue.

step 4 / Complete the above steps until you complete your desired number of flowers. Then, place a generous amount of hot glue on the back of each flower, and adhere it on top of a piece of felt. Trim away the excess felt so that none of it is visible from the front of your flower. Adhere one of your pin backs to the felt backing with hot glue.
All done!

Note: To complete my look below, I actually pinned three individual brooches in a cluster.


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