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flower pin tutorial

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4.18.2010

flower pin tutorial

Here it is! The thing I was working on - other than compulsively organizing our apartment in preparation for Baby #2 - is this little tutorial. Enjoy! :)
(by the way, this is a great way to use up random scraps of fabric that you might otherwise toss as you are spring cleaning your stash)

start by sewing - with a doubled thread to prevent breakage - through the end of the strip to anchor your thread and gather the end. this will be the center of your flower.

materials:
fabric - a strip (at least an inch wide) cut from a 45" piece of material, selvage to selvage
scissors
needle and thread
pin back
fabric glue

Cut a piece of fabric at least an inch wide (your flower will be twice as wide as your strip). I used a quilting weight fabric that was 45" wide for this flower, but you can use any type in any length. The length that you use will determine how "full" your flower is.

continue to sew a running stitch along one side of the strip, pulling the thread to gather it every few inches.

once you have sewn and gathered about 12" or so, begin to coil the strip into a flower, sewing it in place as you go...
...continuing to gather, coil and stitch until you come to the end of the strip.
It should look a little like this.
Sew the pin back on and knot off the thread. Almost done!
Glue a snippet of fabric over the bar of the pin (this part allows you to hide any messy stitches).


Ta da! That's it. Rather simple and quick, unless you are interrupted, that is ......... some of these flowers have taken me more than a day to complete. :) And, if you want the one I made for the tutorial, you can buy it here in my Etsy shop.












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7 Comments:

Blogger Bobbie said...

I love it! I have a link party on saturdays that I would love for you to join
www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

April 20, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

This is adorable. I love fabric flower pins!

I'm hosting a blog party right now and I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up. Hope to see you at Saturday is Crafty Day!

April 24, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

This looks easy and it is so cute!! I'm gonna have to try it out! Thanks!

April 24, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day @ along for the ride! Hope to see you back next week!

April 24, 2010 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Bobbie said...

That looks great! Thanks for linking up to check me out saturday www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

April 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger honeysuckle said...

I love these flowers! They look easy to make. I am going to try one. Thanks

April 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Love it! I'd love for you to link up for Flower Week @ Singing Three Little Birds.
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-linky-party.html

May 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

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