Dreaming of…quick crafts and attractive adornments

When I showed you this bowl last week, a couple of people commented that it would look better with more flowers. I whole heartedly agreed, so set about making a few more adornments.

They’re super quick and easy to make so I thought you might like to see the process.
The finished product is a perfect way to use up fabric scraps and lonely buttons, plus they make beautiful, versatile and quick gifts!

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Supplies needed:
scraps of fabric
scissors
thread
needle
2 round objects to draw around (different sizes)
a button
pins (not shown)
tailors chalk (not shown)

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Optional supplies for fastening the flowers to badges or hair clips…

Optional extras

Optional extras

Step 1 – draw around your round objects.
You need to cut 1 of the larger circles and 4 of the smaller ones.
I knew that I was going to make a few flowers so I layered multiple pieces to be cut through at once.
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Step 2 – put a pin through all the layers to hold them together.
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Step 3 – cut around all of your shapes. (A nice variation here is to use pinking shears, but a frayed look is also nice).
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Step 4 – fold your smaller circles in half (wrong sides together). I gave them a quick press to hold them in place.
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Step 5 – place 2 of the folded circles on top of the larger circle. Try to centre them so that there is an equal distance around the edge.
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Step 6 – lay the other 2 folded circles perpendicular to the initial 2.
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Step 7 – overlap these pieces as shown in the photo below.
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Step 8 – put a pin in them to hold each piece in place.
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Step 9 – sew a few quick stitches to hold all the layers together.
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Step 10 – continue stitching to attach a button in the middle of your flower.
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Step 11 – if your flower is a bit floppy then attach a layer of felt / stiff interfacing to the back (this also covers any messy stitching).
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The best bit is that they’re so quick and simple to make that it doesn’t matter if you don’t love the finished result. It’s easy to alter until you do.

This one I trimmed to make smaller and then finished with pinking shears.

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And to this one, I added another folded layer of the larger circles before backing it with one large circle.

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And that’s it. If you wanted, you could add a pin badge or hair clip (like I’ve shown at the top), or you could add it to the bowl!

This one is made with doubled up layers for each step. It makes it look much fuller. I guess you could use as many layers as you want here, especially if you’re using thin fabric.
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And then I stuck them to the bowl. Now you can’t see any evidence of my clumsiness. Still undecided as to whether I should add lots more, but I don’t want to cover all the beautiful lace work on the bowl. What do you think?
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8 thoughts on “Dreaming of…quick crafts and attractive adornments

  1. Beautifully rescued!

    Thanks so much for the tutorial – I’ve seen this sort of fabric flower on various sites, but this is the best tute for them that I’ve seen.

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