Friday, January 16, 2009

Tutorial--'Sweetheart Suzy' Flower Pin

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

For this project, you will need a small piece of cardboard for your pattern, 2 pieces of contrasting fabric for flower petals, green fabric for leaves, button, pin back, fabric bonding agent such as Heat 'n Bond, iron, pencil or disappearing ink pen for tracing, hot glue gun, sewing needle, and thread.

These are the dimensions of the pattern pieces that you will need. They are simple shapes and are easy to replicate. Cut each piece from cardboard to make tracing easier. (Click on the photo for enlargement and better detail).

*Pattern Piece #1: This is the inner flower petal. At it's widest point, it measures 1-1/4" with a base of 3/4" and a length of 1-3/8".

*Pattern Piece #2: This is the outer flower petal. At it's widest point, it measures 1-1/2" with a base of 7/8" and a length of 1-5/8".

*Pattern piece #3: This is the inner leaf which is a basic tear drop shape. At it's widest point, it measures 2-1/8" with a length of 3-1/4".

*Pattern piece #4: This is the outer leaf which shares the exact measurements as the inner leaf except that there is an addition of a half-circle added to it's base. The circle length is 3/4". The total length for the outer leaf measures 4".

I prefer to use Heat 'n Bond Ultra for this project. I seem to have minimal problems with fabric fraying when using this product.

Bond the contrasting fabrics together following manufacturers instructions. At the same time, bond the green fabric together for the leaves.

Trace 5 inner petals onto one side of the contrasting fabric. Turn fabric around and trace 5 outer petals onto the opposing side of the fabric. Doing it this way will allow you to have two different color choices to work with. Any left over tracing marks will also be hidden.

Trace one each of the inner and outer leaves onto the green fabric.

With your scissor, cut out these shapes.

With needle and thread, take a running stitch along the straight edge of an inner petal.

Slide each of the 5 inner petals onto the thread, one after the other.

After all 5 inner petals are on the thread, tie both ends of thread together to form a circle of petals. Clip thread close to the knot; set aside.

With needle and thread, take a running stitch along the straight edge of an outer petal.

Slide each of the 5 outer petals onto the thread, one after the other.

After all 5 outer petals are on the thread, tie both ends of thread together to form a circle of petals. Clip thread close to the knot; set aside.

Gather all components together. You are now ready to assemble.

Using your glue gun, glue the inner leaf at an angle, onto the outer leaf.

Place a small dime-sized glob of glue onto the center front of the lower petals. Position your upper petals onto the lower petals, holding it in place for a few seconds until the glue sets.
Glue a contrasting button to the center of the flower.

Turn flower over with it's back facing up. Glue leaves onto the center back of the flower. Glue on a pin back.

Voila! You're done!

*Please note that you can sew the components together instead of using glue. Use whichever method suits you best.




SG said...

Thanks for the nice tutorial!

sweetiepie said...

Lettie, the flower pin is lovely. Thanks for sharing the how to's.

Take care.

Sherry said...

I love visiting your blog! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, I can't wait to try making some flowers!!

Have a beautiful day!

kelly said...

thanks for that... that might be cute for my brownies to make for Valentine's day or Mother's day ... the bit of sewing (the button) we can count as part of our try it!

They are pretty!

ferne said...

Very sweet! I could see this used on a Valentine card also.

Loló said...

Hello Lettie:
Very many thanks for this tutorial. He is fantastic! I like much your work. I will often return to visitarte because I will place to you between my favorites. In addition, I want to be thankful your visit blog and your commentary.
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Dawn said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!! You are so very kind to share!!

Anonymous said...

I love it! Very cute.

Suze said...

Very nice! Thanks for the great tutorial. I'll let you know if I try to make it...not sure what I'd use it for. :)

rozhearts said...

Hi Lettie,
Wow you have done it again I love the Flower Pin and will surely be trying some of these.
Thank you for your comments on my blog recently I get quite excited to read a message from a fellow blogger. I certainly enjoy reading your blog and your generosity in sharing is wonderful.
When I made the flower pencils for my Grand daughters birthday they were all just loved by each little girl as their party gift even the grown-ups were delighted.
You are one very clever lady.
Thank you so much
(((HUGS))) Roslyn

Pamela Kieffer said...

I just love your flowers. Easy to do and a great gift addition. Pam

Melanie said...

I just love everything on your blog!!

Anonymous said...

These are soooo cute. I am going to try making them.

Lisalou said...

Oh, Lettie! This was so quick and easy to make! I'd love to post a picture of mine and a link back to you blog, if that's ok with you. Keep up the great tutorials!! Thanks again!

Celine said...

Thanks very much for this tutorial, that I have partly used to make a lovely flower for my 4-month daughter's hairband. You can see a picture on my blog!
Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Hi Arlette. Pretty the flower.
Its blog is very creative.
I am going to try making them.

Helena Santos said...

muito obrigada, pelo tutorial.
É muito bonita!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a tutorial, it was great! Congratulation for you blog.

A hug,

Cacau Marinho