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Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers + Giveaway!

If you like making fabric flowers, today’s blog book tour should be right up your alley! I’m excited to introduce Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, a book by Amy Barickman.

The book covers 25 different techniques for flowers you can wear or use to decorate with. The flowers can be made easily with coordinating tools from Clover Needlecraft, which takes the guesswork out of making so many different types of flowers. The flowers in this book can be made from regular fabric, silks, wool, upcycled sweaters, denim, T-shirts or ties.

 

The book even teaches some needle felting techniques (using tools from Clover), so you can find great patterns in this book even if you don’t sew. Don’t miss the wedding bouquet of felted roses.

Today, I’m sharing a flower from the book, the Winter White Poinsettia. You may think about poinsettias only around the holidays, but this felt flower could also look great on a fabric wrap belt, hair bow, springtime wreath (think bright colors!) or as decorations for a wedding or bridal shower. You may want to pair it with a felt version of the ruffly flower for a pretty pairing.

Red felt poinsettia from the book Fabric Flowers

Here’s my version! I made it with red felt, and covered the center stitches with a couple of artificial flower petals and a button. This rice bag is ready for the next holiday season!

Indygo Junctions Fabric Flowers

Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers & the Flower Frills Template from Clover! Leave a comment letting us know, “What are you working on right now?” for your chance to win. Giveaway ends Tuesday, 3/5 and we’ll announce a winner on 3/6! Open worldwide.

Congrats to commenter #96, Susan, who said: “I’m working on a quilted table runner for a friend. Thanks for the chance to win.”

A flower a day & 25 chances to win! Don’t miss a stop on Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers Blog Tour:

2/2/13 – Indygo Junction Kick Off Post
2/4/13 – Kollabora
2/5/13 – CraftFoxes
2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets
2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron
2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts
2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello
2/12/13 – Family Ever After
2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff
2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side
2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog
2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 – Taradara
2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter
2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
2/28/13 – How Joyful
3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 – In Color Order
3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Flower Project

P.S.   Use discount code: FFBK8 for 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order (expires 5/1/13)

Felt Flowers Button Snake

Button Snake Stack

This is a quick tutorial for a “button snake” toy to help kits with their buttoning skills. In case the word “snake” sets fear in the heart of your child or yourself, try calling it a button caterpillar!

For supplies, you’ll need felt scraps in a variety of colors, two buttons (1-inch and 1.5-inch across), about 18 inches of grosgrain or thick ribbon, scissors, a needle and thread. I used a die cutter to cut the felt flower shapes and some nail polish to secure the buttons and thread. I also created this project entirely with supplies from my stash, so it can be very inexpensive.

Button Snake Supplies

First, cut out several squares of felt in a rainbow of colors. I used 16 colors, but you can adapt this pattern to use whatever you have on hand. Use scissors and a circular template (like a drinking glass) to trace and cut circles out of felt. Instead of cutting circles, I used my Accuquilt GO! Baby and the Rose of Sharon die to cut out the largest size of felt flowers, which are about 3-inches in diameter.

Felt Flowers

Use your scissors to cut a slit in the middle of each felt shape, large enough for the smaller button to go through easily (but not the larger button). I cut my slits about one inch wide.

Button Hole

Next, hand sew the smaller button onto the top side of your ribbon end, repeating on the other end with the larger button. Secure button several times with your needle and thread, so the buttons don’t pop off with frequent use.

Hand-sew buttons to ribbon

I used a bit of nail polish (you can use clear if you’ve got it) to paint the thread to the back of each button as an extra measure of security. Make sure to keep a close eye on your kids when using this toy, so they don’t put anything harmful in their mouths.

Nail Polish

Note: If you are worried about buttons being unsafe for your children, you can leave off the buttons entirely and just sew a circle of felt perpendicular the bottom of the ribbon (example here) to use as a stopper for all of the other felt shapes.

Button Snake

Once the buttons are secure, use the smaller button to guide each flower onto the ribbon. The larger button will act as your stopper. Young kids can be engaged for hours with this simple toy, as they practice putting on and taking off the felt flowers.

Button Snake Finished

It’s also small enough to stash with you in your toddler’s “busy bag” to take in the car, the waiting room or anywhere they need to be entertained!

Dahlia and the Ribbon SnakeDahlia and the Button Snake (Thanks Suzy!)

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Book Review: Stash Happy Felt

Stash Happy Felt book cover

Stash Happy Felt by Amanda Carestio (Lark Crafts) is a treasury of cute, functional projects all made with felt and thread. Picking up on the sewing trend of working with high-quality wool felt and even upcycled felted sweaters, this book features the work of multiple contributors.  From the leaf-accented French press cozy on the cover to the other 29 projects inside, the handmade goods range from home decor to gifts, organizers and wearables.

Stash Happy Felt, carnation decorations

With full-color photographs of each project and helpful illustrations, this book reads like a magazine and has projects suitable for beginners, like the “Carnation Decorations,” “Scrap Story Bookmark” and “Scrap Coasters.” For these and many projects in the book, only a basic hand-sewing kit is required!

Others, like the “Whale Pincushion” and “Trees Please Sewing Machine Cozy,” require the use of a sewing machine. The book’s three-dimensional sewing projects and clever bags like the “Retro Clutch” will keep intermediate sewists challenged.

Stash Happy Felt, whale pincushion

Extra touches like the felt-embellished sewing pins and sweet embroidery and applique make the projects in this book uniquely adorable. Author and Lark Crafts editor Amanda Carestio contributes some fresh and functional projects to the book, joined by Lark Crafts authors Cathy Gaubert, Aimee Ray and Cynthia Shaffer among others.

Stash Happy Felt, trees please sewing machine cover

Most projects in the book, like the “Felt-Framed Portraits” below, have coordinating templates that can be photocopied from a handy appendix at the back of the book. This is one of my favorite features of Lark Crafts books, because there are no pattern pieces to keep straight, and the templates are always accessible with a photocopier. For patterns that do not need to be enlarged, you can also trace with a pencil and paper before transferring the patterns to felt.

Stash Happy Felt, framed portraits

There are at least five projects in this book that I would love to make, and the techniques for making felt flowers, hand-stitching and applique can easily be applied to your own creations beyond what is featured in the book. In fact, there are many projects in here that are perfect for those who are just getting started with sewing. If felt is just not your thing, you could even make some adjustments to the patterns and use fabric and interfacing to recreate some of the accessories and organizers. Visit the Lark Crafts blog or see them on Facebook for the latest releases.

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Felt Flower Gift Card Holder

Felt Flower Gift Card Sleeve

It’s hard to beat the practicality of giving a gift card. But you don’t have to wrap them in generic envelopes from the store. Dress up plain gift cards with these quick and easy felt flower gift card holders!

You’ll need:

  • Felt scraps (various colors)
  • Die cutter (I used the Accuquilt GO! Baby and Rose of Sharon die) -or- printed shapes and scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Pinking Shears
  • Glue gun and buttons (optional)

Felt Flowers

Die-cut flower shapes from scrap felt in various colors. Pair large blooms with smaller blooms, centers and leaves and set aside. If you are not using a die cutter, you can print off shapes from the Internet, trace around cookie cutters, or use this method to cut flower petals from felt without a template.

Use pinking shears to cut a rectangle of felt approximately 8″ x 3″. (Photo shows felt folded in half.)

Gift card sleeve tutorial

Unfold felt and center flower across the top half of felt rectangle. Stitch in place just through the center, catching all layers of flower. I stitched a preset star shape using my sewing machine, but you could also hand sew. Stitch on leaves to embellish.

Stitch felt flower and leaves

Fold gift card sleeve in half, leaving the back of sleeve about 1/4″ longer than the front. Align pinked edges and stitch 1/4″ from right edge, top to bottom. Repeat on left edge.

Stitch around gift card sleeve

Trim thread tails. Hot-glue a button to the flower center (covering stitches) if desired.

Felt gift card holder

Fill and place gift card envelopes on the tree or inside stockings. Use as package embellishments or just tuck them inside holiday cards for a fun surprise.

Felt flower gift card sleeves

Stitch up a bunch in different colors to use for holidays, birthdays, showers, teacher gifts, thank you gifts and more!

Felt flower gift card holders

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