Whether they’re sewn, knitted, cross stitched, or crocheted, I love flowers. They’re nature’s window dressing and just make everything and anything look better and feel lovelier!
If you saw my flower neckwarmer recently, you’ll know how much I love flowers. To encourage more flower love, I thought I’d share my tutorial for sewing one of these flowers. (If you want to sew the whole neckwarmer, you can buy the pattern here.)
1 Cut a piece of fabric to about 5x50cm. Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length – it will also help if you thread the machine with different colours of thread in the bobbin and in the top (I used black and white threads). Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Sew together the long edge with a 1cm seam allowance, without backstitching at each end. Turn the tube so that it’s right sides out, using a safety pin if necessary.
2 Locate the loose thread ends of the seam and knot them together at one end. At the other end, pull one of the threads to evenly gather up the tube. Pull up about 40cm of thread and place the length onto a sewing needle, ready to sew up the flower.
Top tip: While you’re sewing your flower, if find you need more gathers, simply pull on one of the threads at the knotted end. The different colours of thread will make this easier – you can choose which colour is the gathering thread at both ends.
3 Now start sewing up the flower…
4 Now you can sew up the rest of the flower…
You can sew flowers onto a jacket, dress or jumper. Or you could sew a circle of felt over the seams at the back and attach a brooch fastening – the perfect little gift!
You could use any fabric you like, or make the flower as large as you like. I’m experimenting with different types of fabrics and sizes to see what happens.
Hope you enjoy and make lots of flowers – I’d love to see what you create!