Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pretty Posie Pushpins

**This tutorial is intended for personal use only.**


For this project you will need fabric, thin cardboard, needle and thread, thumbtacks with 1/2-inch points, a 1-1/8-inch 6 petal paper flower punch, glue, felt, polyester fiberfil, scissor, small button or bead, and embroidery thread.

From cardboard, cut a 2-1/4-inch circle and a 7/8-inch circle.

Trace the 2-1/4-inch cardboard circle onto the wrong side of the fabric. With scissor, cut out the circle of fabric.

Trace the 7/8-inch cardboard circle onto the felt. With scissor, cut out the circle of felt.

Punch a 6-petal flower from thin cardboard using a 1-1/8" flower paper punch.


If you do not have a flower paper punch, use this simple method to create the general shape.


You will need flat head thumbtacks with 1/2-inch points.


Lay a small amount of glue onto the center of the cardboard flower.


Stick the thumbtack through the middle of the cardboard making sure that the underside of the head makes contact with the glue. Set aside to dry.


With needle and thread, take a running stitch around the outside of the 2-1/4-inch fabric circle.


With the wrong side of the circle facing up, place a tiny bit of fiberfil onto the center. Place the cardboard flower base on top of the fiberfil with the thumbtack point facing up. Draw the fabric tightly around it, trapping both the fiberfil and the cardboard base inside.


Tie off with a secure knot. Cut the thread close to the knot. Be careful not to poke yourself while working around the thumbtack.


With 3-4 strands of embroidery thread and a sharp needle, come up through the back of the cardboard at a slant to the center front of the flower. You will need to work at a slant to avoid hitting your needle on the base of the thumbtack.


Bring your needle around to the back and up to the front again. With your finger, feel for one of the notches making sure that the embroidery thread falls into one of the grooves. Pull embroidery thread taught.
Repeat this process 5 more times.


Six petals made.


Thread a small button or bead onto the embroidery floss and sew it to the middle of the flower. Tie off with a secure knot to the back of the flower.


Poke the thumbtack through the center of the 7/8-inch felt circle and glue it in place to hide the mechanics.


Pretty Posie Pushpins.


Use your Pretty Posie Pushpins to jazz up your bulletin board.


Aloha!

30 comments:

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Again, soooo creative you are. Those are adorable.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What darling little flowers...and your kitty is cute, too!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Patty said...

How cute! Thanks for sharing how to make them! I need to try this.

Ann said...

Lettie, neat idea AND I have that exact flower punch. As soon as I'm done with my penny rug stitching...

Have a great weekend~Ann

sweetiepie said...

Very clever and soooo cute. That would cheer up any bulletin board!

Take care and have a good day.

Liz Schaffner said...

What a clever cute idea !!
I will be trying it out. Thanks for sharing with us :-)
Liz

Sew Many Ways... said...

These are the cutest things I've ever seen. You always think of the greatest ideas.
Thanks for sharing,
~Karen~

Sandra :) said...

OMG ROTFL LOLOLOLOL I'm laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes! Sweet pushpins, and ... well ... what can I say ... your boy is a very handsome dude, and he has good taste in friends!! Zoomer sends a lazy grin and a "Hi dude, how you doin?" (in a Joey voice) :D

Netter said...

Are those ever cute! OMG, I'm going to have to make some for myself. Yeah, that's another thing to be added to my growing list. Yikes, I guess that means I better get a move on.

Craftpassion said...

This superb!!!! what a great idea to make such beautiful pushpins. The notice board will love you so much!
Btw, you got my plan for the tote bag right!!! There will be a flower on it :)

Amy said...

You never cease to amaze me. You are the most creative person I know of. Have you seen the idea for the jazzed up paper clips? I have made several of those...they are addictive, and I thought that was something. Your sweet pushpins are even better. Have a wonderful weekend.

Amy

SG said...

Yours is the most creative blog I visit! Thank you!

Threeundertwo said...

Really cute and very useful! Thanks!!

Thimbleanna said...

Ha! Those are some kind of cute!

Danetta said...

What a great tutorial you gave us. I love this idea. Thanks!

Elly D said...

Oh so cute Lettie! thank you for taking the trouble to make this tutorial. Love the idea for the jeans button too :)) And your bags are just adorable. Elly

Carrie P. said...

Sweet!!

Janine said...

That is such a lovely and smart idea.
Thank you very much for sharing it.
I simply love it.
I wish you a lovely weekend.
greatings from Germany

Janine

Dawn said...

Too cute!!Thanks for sharing!

PrimAngel said...

Totally AWESOME!!
Iheaded out soon as the stores open.. LOL.. as it is only 6:45am... and I am gonna make some of these and make some as magnets too!
Great idea as ALWAYS and wonderful tutorials!!
Nanc

PS.. love the carrots...

Lorraine said...

These are so cute. I'm going to have to make some for my office! Thanks for sharing!

Carol R said...

A great tutorial - thanks for sharing!

Che Birba said...

your blog is wonderful!

Laura from Italy

D@isy said...

Hola!! Felicitaciones por tus labores, me han gustado muchos todos tus tutoriales, te felicito.
Saludos

ARIABIJOUX /sanagrillia said...

hello!
your tutorials are very nice and original !
thank you !
I used this tutorial to make a bracelet with flowers !
looks on my blog ,this is the link http://ariabijoux.blogspot.com/2010/05/piove-io-faccio-i-fiori.html

thanks

angela

Marzia said...

Thank you!

butrfly2200 said...

You have several tutorials that I want to do. This one would be wonderful for my craft group. I will definately be making this one. Thank you for all the great lessons. Your blog is just wonderful. Glad I found it. It came to me through another group that I belong to. I am so glad.
:)Carol

Joy Burkhart said...

Great Idea!!! Thanks for sharing.
XoXoXo
Joy

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