Over the weekend I spent a lot of time creating some fabric and lace flowers. I've pinned numerous ideas on my Pinterest board, Creative Flowers, many of which link to tutorials, so if you want to get instructions for paper and fabric flowers there are plenty of options out there.
The first flower I made needs no tutorial. I just used a running stitch at the bottom of a length of lace or eyelet fabric and added a couple beads or buttons in the centers. I will add pinbacks later to make brooches:
Rolled flowers are very popular, and they are fun to make. Different fabrics will yield different results. The off-white flower in the back/left was made from a canvas-like fabric. I think I might add centers to these because they don't look quite finished to me:
Recently I purchased a bag of quilt scraps at an estate sale. I decided to challenge myself and see if I could make something from the bits and pieces besides a quilt, which I knew I would never get around to making. Here is the rather unattractive looking bag I bought:
Here are the pieces that I pulled from it:
With a little crafty hand-sewing, I made these flowers from the pieces:
From the same bag, some different pieces, part of a "dresden plate" quilt:
I cut the edges with pinking shears and ran a running stitch around the center opening, then gathered it. I made three layers of different sizes, then sewed them together with a button center. These are quite large, but I think they would look great on a jean jacket or long sweater:
A few weeks ago I made a wreath from dresden plate quilt pieces. I just love using old fabrics. The colors are wonderful and really look different than new fabric. If you want to find quilt scraps like this, try Ebay. At any given time, there is usually a selection of unfinished quilt pieces up for auction.
I hope these projects inspire you to try a few new things this week!