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Flower Petals


Learn how to make leaves {flower petals} in the leafy scrap fabric buster tutorial.

free-motion stitched

This was inspired by seeing a bunch of art journal pages (various artists) where scrapbook paper was cut into petals and made collage flowers. I made a bed of burlap, heavy fusible interface (not ironed in) and felt and sewed it together around the edges just to hold it together. I used the interface to make it easier to move around without bending, and I added the felt because it provides a smooth first layer to slide around easily under the needle. The leaves and center were cut freehand with scissors. I used the darning foot, feed dogs down, stitched each petal separately. Great practice for freestyle, freehand, free motion (whatever you call it) stitching!

Find more photographs and ideas for leafy + petally + scrappy fabric projects here!

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Reader Comments (9)

These are great! And look like fun to make--gotta get me a sewing machine.... Thanks for sharing!

{Tammy}: Lorinda, Thank you for stopping by, and yes, sewing machines are full of wonder!

These are so happy! The bright colors, the stitching- I am smiling just looking at them!! Thanks for sharing!

{Tammy}: Carolyn, So happy I could bring you a colorful smile today. Thank you for saying hello!

02.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Dube

Oh! I love those. I really really need to start to sew more again!

{Tammy}: Luthien, Go for it. You won't regret taking time to sew, it's a magic potion to create from paper and fabric.

02.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterluthien

What fun! They are so colorful. They remind me of the tags I did for the rainbow challenge - that I never made into anything. Ooops! Perhaps I need to revisit them. :)

{Tammy}: Kathleen, Yes - great idea, using your pretty rainbow tags in another piece of art, they would be cool fodder for collage as well. Thank you for saying hello today.

02.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathleen

The petals look great - particularly the ones with more than one fabric! I might have a little play this afternoon and use my pinking shears for some!

{Tammy}: Wendy, I picked the fabric choices at random and it's always a fun surprise to see how the random matches work together. Can you believe I've never owned pinking shears?

02.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I really LOVE all the different colors. I especially like the petals that use two or more different fabrics. Fun and pretty!

{Tammy}: Natalie, Thank you! I like the patchwork (?) petals best too, the random combinations, the funky way they turned out.

02.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterimmortalindigo

Tammy, these are so super cute! I just picked up a sewing machine (I've been without for the past 12 years or so) and I've been pondering what to try first...this is it!! Thanks for the idea and how-to, and most importantly, thanks for the inspiration!!
xoxo MotherDana

02.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMotherDana

This is so good. I was scanning down your recent posts and thought these were cut up doodles... they are so colourful. I hope you don't mind me going off to have a go at using this concept as I have a ton of scraps that need a purpose in life. I'm thinking perhaps some leaves or wavy cutouts across a journal cover.

Thanks for dropping by my place :) and for your lovely comment. I hope you have some fun with the eco dying... I feel very uplifted to have inspired another to try something out! I love the changes that take place as a piece of fabric dries and the colour concentrates itself on the outer edges. The one with red cabbage was most dramatic in that respect, drying almost black in parts. I have more pictures showing some results which I really must get round to posting!!

Have a great week! :)

03.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I love these. I am useless with my sewing machine, and only just realised why all my stitching was messy at the bottom, but I can see a whole blanket with those flowers. I will maybe start small though! :).

I love your fabric choices.

04.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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