Monday, March 08, 2010

A Freebie Fabric Flower Pattern...

I flew home today after spending ten fun-filled days visiting my mother, sister and son in California. The hills in northern California are kelly green this time of year. It's easy to get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit when you're surrounded by emerald summits. The view to the left is from my mother's patio in her back yard. I'm certain heaven has hills like that.

While in California my mother, sister and I did a little shopping. That may be an understatement. My mom, Mary, will be 87 years old next month, and believe me when I say she is a force of nature. The energy of a hurricane pales in comparison. If they ever name a hurricane "Mary", I have one word of advice. Evacuate. I have to take multi-vitamins when I'm with her just to keep up. Anyway, we did a little shopping. I'll have to show you some of the things I purchased later this week, but first I must show you this adorable clutch...

It's no bigger than a minute and fits right inside the palm of your hand, and although I was tempted to buy it, for some unexplained reason I held off and passed it by. (I'm still kicking myself for that one.) I did, however, take a minute to snap a photo of it so I could lovingly gaze at it occasionally. I found this beauty at White House Black Market. There are five different flowers on the outside of that adorable ebony clutch. Here's a photo of more beautiful flower pins and hair accessories I found in that shop...

I considered buying a couple of these beauties, but my conscience always gets the better of me when I have an inkling that I could make it for so much less than buying it. I went home wanting to try my hand at making another version of the fabric flowers I've been making for pillows and wristlets.

In my previous attempts with fabric flowers I've made a simple flowery fabric version that has graduated rounds that are singed on the edges with a candle. This melts the edge and turns it up to form curved "petals." I love this stunningly simple version.

Still, after seeing several beautiful flowery pins on our shopping spree, I wanted to try my hand at a more complicated version of the above flower with a few more layers and a more elaborate petal. This is what I came up with...

Instead of making graduated sizes of rounds, I made a pattern in graduating sizes...

I used two different synthetic fabrics to give the flower more depth -- one that was heavier with a satiny sheen and the other a gauzy, sparkly, chiffon concoction! And instead of cutting just one piece of fabric for each "petal" round, I cut two from the heavier fabric and two of the gauzy from each pattern piece. This gave the flower a more full, lush feel. It reminds me of the many camellias I saw while I was in California...

I still singed the edges of this flower by holding the fabric edges to a candle flame so they would melt, curve up, and not fray. I also made sure that I rotated the petals so they weren't all pointed in the same direction. This flower is about 4 1/2" across and is perfect to use as a pin or in your hair. So pretty...

This silvery color looks stunning on black...

 
This pattern can be found in my Etsy shop 
for the reasonable price of $5! 

By the way, those fabric flowers that I found in the store were $30 each. I would venture to guess that the silvery flowers I made were less than $2 each. Quite a savings.

Have a great day!



Linking to:
Flowers Linky Party @ Crafaholics
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented
DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Be Inspired Link Party @ Room to Inspire
Tranformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Creative Cats @ Poppies at Play
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

44 comments:

Hepworths said...

Wow, beautiful!!

Allison @ http://www.houseofhepworths.com/

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Gorgeous Suzanne! You have quite a talent for putting these together. I would surely catch the house on fire!

Creations By Cindy said...

Beautiful and yes, you got a steel!

Jan said...

Beautiful. You are amazing and creative and talented - I love seeing the things you are able to do!

Lanie Ree said...

So pretty! I love it. Thank s for describing your process!

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

Those are beautiful. Yours look better than any I've seen in stores. Seriously. I may have to try that.

Thanks for sharing.

Victoria said...

That is really gorgeous! I think your version is far nicer than the expensive version!!

A Cottage Muse said...

I love your creation...will they be available in your Etsy shop? Can't wait to catch up on your blog!

Nessimonster said...

I love this! It is gorgeous! Now I must really try to make fabric flowers! You've inspired me!

Suzanne said...

Hey all - I've gotten a couple of emails asking if these flowers will be sold in my Etsy. The answer is... "Nope." Even though they are very inexpensive to make they are labor intensive, so I would probably charge at least $25 per flower. That's why I'm giving away the pattern -- so that you can all make one if you want one! ;o)

Rettabug said...

These are just beautiful! I've done a few fabric flowers but none as pretty as these.
Thank you so very much for offering the pattern to us. I will email you immediately.

most appreciably yours,
Rett

Leanne said...

Those are beautiful. Great job!

Lisa said...

I totally know what you mean about your mama. My Mama is 81 and her name is Mary and GET OUT OF HER WAY! She's got things to do! and she's happy and fun and wonderful. Love the flowers!

Linda said...

Thanks for coming to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY...hope you had a good time! Your flowers are so PRETTY...thanks for FREE pattern...thanks very sweet of you:) Hope you have a FUN week.

Blessings,
Linda

MiaKatia said...

Thanks for the pattern!

Room to Inspire said...

Absolutely beautiful! I just love the color you selected and the bling in the center. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today!

Chelsea

Denise said...

Beautiful!
Following you over from The Shabby Chic Cottage. I am a follower!
Please stop by!
http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com/

One Cheap B*tch said...

Your flowers are so pretty! I wish I could sew better so I could try my hand at some.

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

That is beautiful..and I will be emailing your for the pattern.
Thanks for sharing it with us..
tammy

Kim@Simply Domestic said...

Beautiful!! I will have to try to make some, now! Thanks for sharing!

west coast nester said...

Beautiful. I am a flower addict myself. I wear them in my hair, on my shirts, around my waist, around my neck. Just can't seem to get enough.

Thanks for sharing.

Coretta of corettadeesign said...

cute. I'd love to try the pattern. I'll email you. Thanks for sharing

Andy Porter said...

Those are extremely beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne,

You're the most creative person I know. I love the look of this flower, that's so pretty. I would love to make these flowers....Thanks for sharing how to make them.

Susana J.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Love, love, love this. I've been planning on making some myself....and you'll SHARE? Yipppeee...

Your Mama was gooood.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

LOVE THIS!

Pam said...

I would love this pattern! Thanks for a beautiful blog.

fiveharps@gmail.com
Pam

Nancy said...

Just found your blog. I love all the neat ideas. Please send me the pattern for the free fabric flower you ran in march. Thanks and God bless!
Nancy

hadden004@gmail.com

Dee said...

I just wanted to tell you that your flower is just beautiful. I love your blog, thanks for sharing.

Dee

Annie of Blue Gables said...

You're a beautiful woman, Suzanne. Thank you for the pattern. I made a clutch today for a Gala I attended tonight. I made a black flower to sew onto it and it turned out beautiful. I'm so excited about my new clutch!!!
Thank you
~a

Katrine said...

This is absolutely beautiful!

iloveink said...

I would love love a copy of this flower pattern. Thank you so much!!
ms.iloveink@gmail.com

Chrissy said...

I would love a copy of this pattern please
chrissy@simply-created.net
http://inspirationscreated.blogspot.com/

Judy said...

Just this week my very picky daughter asked if I could make a fabric flower for her. I was so pleased that she would ask me but I don't know how. I'm in NEED of this pattern!!! Please HELP....
gillespierj@q.com

Liz said...

I would love a copy of the pattern! liz.taylor24@yahoo.com
What an amazing blog you have. I'm your newest follower!

ellzabelle said...

I love it!!!! I've made the circle ones where you singe the edges. I would love the pattern!!! ellzabelle@hotmail.com

adairfamily said...

Can I get this pattern as well, I just picked up some satin fabric on clearnace and would love to try this. Thank you
shanderelli@hotmail.com

Pamela said...

They do look just like my Camellias!
Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing!

Cajsa said...

Could I please get this pattern. It is beautiful! I also loved how you made your sunflower.
cwallwork(at)hotmail(dot)com

chezmarie1 said...

what a gorgeous flower. i would love the pattern and thank you so much for sharing it with us. Marie

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with everyone! If I could, I would love to get the pattern/tutorial.

buhleroc22(at)hotmail(dot)com

j.g.prescott said...

I am newbie to your site. All i can say is wonderful inspiration. I love the sunflower. I need, need , need. Sunflowers have been my thing for dozens of years. Thank you.

Deebi27 said...

Click, click and click and I find this wonderful blog . Wow, yes I am a newbie and I do belive I have found and eyeful of wonderful!

cathz said...

hello! new fan! just wondering if your still giving the pattern/tutorial for free? if you do, can i please get a copy? baybiboo15@yahoo.com

thanks