Last month when I was working on my basket tutorials I had the lightning bolt idea. These baskets are very dimensional…so…why not develop some dimensional flowers to put in them?
I shock myself sometimes, really. This was a ton of fun and I am completely open to suggestions for other flowers. Right now I have a list of about 9 but am looking for more.
So, without further ado, here is my first dimensional flowers…the poppy (which are springing up like mad around here)
I started with a rough drawing…I will have a nicer one for you to download on Friday.
I made a template of the petal but kept the bottom part wide so I could gather it.
Here I have two colors of hand dyed fabric placed together. If you are using printed fabric make sure you put them right sides together.
I trace my petal.
And cut it out of both pieces of fabric…keep them together with a pin.
Now you can sew around the edge using a matching thread.
After sewing trim the seam allowance to about 1/8”.
Turn inside out…here I have used a point turner.
Using a matching thread, sew along the open end of the petal and gather.
Tied a knot and then use the same thread to gather another petal.
Keep doing this until you have five petals. Then sew the ends together.
For the center I used a small piece (5” x 1.5”) of silk dupioni that I unraveled a bit.
Fold this in half and sew along the folded edge to gather.
Once you have gathered it sew the ends together to make a loop.
Now you can sew this to the inside of your poppy.
Check back tomorrow and Friday for the rest of the tutorial…and a download.