Happy Tuesday! Last week when I was at CHA I was talking to someone about the vintage style millinery flowers I made a few months ago featuring the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I was sharing how much I love making fabric flowers from Sizzix dies. It is easy to make flowers using flower dies, but did you know that you can make flowers from other dies that aren’t flowers? One of my favorites is the heart from the Tim Holtz Love Struck die. A heart for flowers? Yes! Here is how…
As you may recall from some of my other fabric flower tutorials (Heart Petal die flowers, Tattered Florals Vintage Millinery, Crinoline Rosettes, and Crinoline Tattered Roses) crinoline is my favorite fabric for die cut flowers. It can be dyed with the inks I love to use (Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Stains, and Paint) and holds its shape well. Plus, because it has some stiffness to it, it die cuts amazingly well. (Be sure to check out my post on Crinoline Help and Facts to help you find out what is really and what isn’t when you visit the fabric store.)
With a steel rule die (the type with the plastic case and blades embedded in thick foam) you can easily cut multiple layers of crinoline at ones. For this flower, I folded my crinoline so that I could cut 8 layers in one pass.
I die cut two sets of 8 for a total of 16 hearts.
I also die cut one small circle from wool felt (about 1 1/2″ diameter). I used the second smallest circle in the Sizzix Circle Framelits set. (On a side note, I used the new magnetic cutting pad which is totally amazing! More on that another day.)
Mist the hearts with the desired color of Distress Stain placed in a mister bottle (see Tim Holtz show you how). I used Picked Raspberry Distress Stain.
Mist the hearts and stain with water to spread the color. You could mist with the stain until you completely color the hearts, but adding in water will help you to use less color. It will help the color soak and wick into the fabric.
Rub the hearts around in the stain on the craft sheet to make sure they are colored.
Blot the hearts on a dry cloth to remove the excess moisture. I tend to place them in the towel and wring it, which really wrinkles up the hearts. While the crinoline is wet, it will be very soft. It will regain its original texture when it is dry again.
Before cleaning your craft sheet, soak up the extra stain with some crinkle ribbon. Even if you don’t want ribbon in this color of ribbon with this flower, you can save it for another project. I love having ribbon already colored on hand for other quick projects.
Use a heat tool to dry the dyed hearts.
Smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers.
For a vintage look, use an ink blending tool to add Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the three tips of the heart. If you want a brighter cleaner look, you can skip the ink.
Fold the left side of the heart over onto the front of itself so that the two rounded edges on the right match up.
Fold the right side of the heart over onto the front of itself so that the two rounded edges on the left match up. You will end up with a piece that looks kind of like a V.
Bend the folded tip up onto the front of the heart so that the tip sits in the center of the heart.
Use a needle and thread to put a simple running stitch through the bottom of the folded heart to help hold the folds in place. Each of these folded hearts will be a petal on the flower.
Mist Picket Fence Distress Stain onto your craft sheet. Mist water onto the sheet with the stain. Do about a 2 or 3 to 1 ratio of stain to water so that there is more stain than water. Drag the tips of the folded hearts through the stain.
The stain will add some color variation and highlights to the tips of the petals on the flowers.
Mist Scattered Straw (or other highlight color) onto the craft sheet. Mist a puddle of water onto the craft sheet also. Drag the folded edge of the petals through the water and the stain. The water will wick on the fabric and pull the color upward.
The yellow will add some color highlight at the base of each petal on the assembled flower and will help mimic the coloring of a real flower.
Before cleaning the craft sheet, toss the ribbon around in the excess stain.
Mist the wool felt with any desired color of Distress Stain. I used Scattered Straw, thinking that the felt might show some and that the yellow felt would work with the yellow at the base of the petals. I was making this flower up as I went along… it turns out that the felt doesn’t show unless you are looking at the back, so green or the main petal color would probably be a better choice.
Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.
Use a needle and thread to stitch the first petal onto the felt circle. Use a simple running stitch. Attach the petal so that the fold is on the circle about 1/8″ from the edge and the petals are extending from the circle.
Continue adding petals around the edge of the circle.
Once you complete one complete row around the circle, add a second row of petals on the inside of the circle. On my flower, I left about 1/4″ between the two rows. Sew the petals in place as before with the fold of the petals toward the center of the circle and the tips of the petals overlapping onto the first layer of petals.
After my second round of petals, I had two remaining of original 16 petals. I added them to close to the center to fill in some of the remaining opening. When I make this flower again, I will probably go with 18 petals total so that I can have a third row of four petals.
Use scissors to make a small hole in the felt in the center of the flower.
Place a cluster of flower stamens through the center of the flower through the hole. (I used some that I got on Etsy that are like THESE.)
The stem of the stamen clusters will poke through the back and create a stem for the flower.
Stitch through the felt and stamens a few times with a needle and thread to help secure it in place.
Wrap the stem with floral tape. After wrapping you can trim the stem as needed. Be sure not to too close to the bundle of stamens though (shown here right above my finger), since cutting through them may cause them to come loose and fall out of your flower.
I wanted to focus on creating the flower for today’s tutorial. For Take Two Thursday I will be back with a project showing how I used the flower. I hope you will stop back by and see what I made! I will also begin sharing my CHA projects this week so keep an eye out for those posts as well!