Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flower Pin Tutorial - and More Yellow!


In light of out giveaway for the little yellow sandals in the previous post, I thought it might be fun to do a quick and easy tutorial for a matching flower pin. This step by step tutorial is really easy and affordable! You could make the same flower out of scrap fabric or even something of sentimental value, a vintage handkerchief, lining of a dress, etc. You don't need a sewing machine, just a needle and thread and an iron to prep your fabric. This pin is about a 15 minute project.

I almost never photograph anything in the studio, so it was interesting and more fun that I thought {aside from the hour of photo formatting!} to put this together. I hope I have time to do more in the future. Moving on...

Here is a photo of the materials:

material list:
brightly colored fabric scraps
{I bought mine from the awesome Fancy Tiger Girls at the Makerie}
unbleached cotton
wonder under fusible web
chiffon or small fabric scrap
brooch pin or hair clip
needle and thread

1.) Evenly layer your three fabrics together {yellow print, wonder under, unbleached cotton} and trim them so they are all the same size. You will need about a 3 inch by 12 inch piece. Make sure you don't have any overhang of wonder under because that will melt and stick to your iron. You can see the fabric layers here:

2.) Iron all three layers yellow/print side up on the cotton setting of your iron. The wonder under will melt and fuse the two fabrics together. It also prevents the fabric from fraying. Once the layers are bonded, cut out 5 petals. See how the fabric looks bonded in the photo below.

3.) Cut out 5 petals all the same size. You can see the shape I used in the photo below. Each petal is about 2 inches long. You don't need a template... your flower will have your personality! The most important thing is to make sure all 5 petals are the same. Like this:

4.) Thread your need with matching thread and tie it off. Now, take the first petal, make a small fold right in the middle and stitch it twice. Like this:

Here is how it looks from the front:

5. Repeat this pattern of folding and stitching each petal. As you space your petals, think of each petal as a point of a star, so you space them appropriately. Two petals stitched:

Four petals stitched...

All five done:

5.) Next, I took a small piece of yellow chiffon and stitched it in the center. You don't necessarily need this... it's up to you and how clean your stitching of the petals was. I opted to add some fabric at the center. On to the beads next...

6.) Stitch on your beads. I loved all the different colors, but seed beads or one large bead would work. Think of what you have around the house... a rhinestone or an interesting button would work, too. So many options!

7.) Finally, cut a 1.5" round of felt. Cut two slits to slide the brooch pin through. Use your glue to secure it. Here is what the back looks like before I glued it.

And.... Ta Da! Happy little pin! I went with a modern graphic print, but you could use soft and silky fabrics and do something more romantic. You need such a small amount of materials, that these would make thoughtful but inexpensive gifts for friends or teachers.

Here it is on Gloria {my dress form} and pinned to a scarf.

Don't forget, you have until noon tomorrow to enter to win these little sandals....

To enter, click here. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!


Earth Monkey Moms said...

I love how you made this beautiful accessory something that I think we could all make!!! This would make a great hair bow as too...I'm heading to the fabric store tomorrow, and I've just added a few things to my list! Thanks for sharing (and the picts are great!!!)

Anonymous said...


These are by far my favorite shoes you've made!! And of course yellow is always my favorite color. Cannot wait to make this flower.. I've already made jennifers moss letters and also the coffee filter wreath. Favorite blogs by far for over this year and a half has been yours and hers!! Glad to see a tutorial!

Jillian Covey

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

This is just SOoooooooooooooooooooooo lovely:-)))*
I am here via wonderful Marsha of Splenderosa,I am so gald to meet you!!!
Beyond warm,prettiest and talented work is by you!

My spring hugs from Amsterdam,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely creation and the shoes are just to die for....I have a Joyfolie sound that I aiways make when I look at your is ohhhhhhh!I love them! I wish my daughter was three instead of 30. No grandkids yet unfortunately! Aida S from Australia

dorylyn said...

I have seen several tutorials on making flowers but this is the BEST!!!! AND those little shoes....adorable! Thank you for sharing your talents!

Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook said...

Is there an easy way to print this? Print Friendly somewhere?

Lovely tutorial!

Laura S. said...

I just did something very close to this last week. People were asking me how I did it and I wasn't about to try to make a tutorial! How timely that you posted this now. Thanks for making my life easier! lol
The only things I did differently was I satin stitched around the edge of each petal and I used hot glue instead of a needle and thread. The rest was pretty much the same.
Love your designs.... Huge fan. Really.

Brianna said...

I love these sandals, so pretty!!! yellow and gray together is one of my favorite color combos

Rachel said...

This is SO gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to post this tutorial. I want to make one with this EXACT fabric. Could you please let me know where I can find it? Thanks!

Jen of Quality Sewing Tutorials said...

Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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