I had a lovely Mother's Day, I was even treated to breakfast in bed!! Isabelle made me some lovely cards (3 altogether!!) Niall spent some time with Isabelle in the garden and let me do some crafting! It's not often I get the luxury of time!! SO, I still couldn't find the website I saw the tutorial for these flowers on so I put together my own tutorial for you. They are just the cutest little flowers and quite quick to make if you leave out the ironing bit... like me (except for the tutorial)!!
They use so little fabric and they're great for using up any scraps you have hanging around. The size I made them is just perfect for cards, not too big, less than 2" when finished.
I played around with different centers, fabric covered buttons look great with them but you could try different variations, I also layered various sized buttons.
For the tutorial I ironed the folds so you could see clearly how it's made but I find it quicker not to iron them and you get a softer looking flower. Anyway, on with the tutorial!!
All you need is five squares of 2" fabric, cotton works well but you could experiment with different fabrics once you get the hang of them. Here I used an eyelet lace fabric or broderie anglaise.
For each petal, fold one side of the square in to the centre so it's in the middle.
Fold the other side in to the centre so the edges meet. You could iron the folds at this point.
Now, fold it in half and iron the crease.
Repeat this for each of the petals.
Take a needle and thread, I used it on the double and tied a knot at the end.
On the open end of each petal, simply put your needle in and out as shown above.
Repeat with all the five petals.
Pull your thread tight to gather the petals, stitch to join to the first petal at the centre. I added a few stitches to secure the centre front and back.
That's basically it. You can fluff up the petals to give a softer look. If you don't iron any of the folds (like me!!) I found the easiest way to keep the petals held together before you stitch them is pin them to a sheet of foam.
If you don't iron them they won't hold the fold very easy, so pinning them down straight after you fold them makes it much easier to stitch all the petals together.
This also gives a much softer looking and puffier flower! Which I prefer but it's up to you!!
So, I hope you followed that ok, I do like to take a lot of photos to make it as clear as possible. I hope you give them a go, they really are simple and fun to make!! : )