Fabric Flowers

If you know me in person you know I frequently wear a flower pin on a plain t-shirt. It started a few years ago when I got a brand new bright yellow shirt that fit perfectly and was the perfect shade of yellow.

After I wore if a few times I noticed a tiny pinprick hole near the neckline binding on the left side. Arrgggghh! But I was determined to continue wearing it and I came across a scrap, a very small scrap of vintage yellow fabric with strawberries on it. After I mulled it over awhile I gathered it into a circle, topped it with some red, and found some vintage buttons to layer on the top.
Vintage Fabric Flower on JanMadeIt

Now that I describe the process, I really should take it apart and feature the vintage fabric that inspired me.

But a new hobby was born (like I needed another). Here’s how I used another very small scrap of vintage fabric. I stitched this one into little pleats to form the circle.

Vintage Black and Bright Fabric Flower on JanMadeIt

The fabric had a looser weave, so I added a little blanket stitch to keep it from fraying too much. I don’t think the buttons are vintage, but they were the right size and color.

Since my wardrobe is primarily jeans and a t-shirt, I went a little nuts making these fabric flowers the last few years. This morning I took pictures of just the ones that are handy and ended up with over forty images.

I get lots of comments and questions about how I make them. I’ll just pick up a scrap, and grab a needle and thread and start doing something with it. I’m halfway done by the time I think to take a picture to show how I do it.

I wear them on a pin back, but they can easily be applied to a hair clip, a headband, ponytail holder, a hat… anywhere you want some embellishment.

This one is trimmed with baby rick rack, and centered with a scrap of lace and vintage buttons. Vintage Buttons and Lace on JanMadeIt

I made several with this same black and ivory calico.  Here’s another vintage button and some lace. I think this one went through the wash with the shirt I wore it on. The frayed edges are a little wrinkled.

Calico, vintage button and lace on JanMadeIt

Here I continued with the lace and twisted the black calico and a strip of ivory into this rosette. Looks like I need to clip some stray threads off this one.

Black and Ivory Calico Rosette on JanMadeItI think you get the idea. There are literally dozens more where these came from. I’ll try to share more of them in the coming weeks.

Anyone else out there make flowers?  Mine are all ad lib, but there are some really nice specific patterns and techniques I’d like to try. Let me know what you think.

Jan

A Personalized Patchwork Christmas Stocking

I know time is short, but surely I’m not the only one who waits until the last minute to finish up Christmas preparations. So, if you need to make a stocking or two, here’s another “how to” make a Christmas stocking tutorial.

I made this personalized patchwork stocking with discarded jeans, vintage buttons and orphaned game pieces.  I used pinking shears, a hot glue gun and a sewing machine to make it.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I made this stocking for my son for his second Christmas. I probably put it together on December 23 because that’s how I roll.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I wanted to cover it with little toys, but since he was just two, and all the tiny toys are choking hazards, I didn’t have much to choose from. I went with buttons and a handful of vintage game pieces.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I started by cutting a stocking shape in red fabric. I cut two pieces, one piece would be the back, and the other piece is the base of the denim on the front.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

Then I cut pieces of denim in a variety of fades and laid them out on the top side of the cut red fabric. Start sewing them down on the base piece as you find a pattern you like.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I used pinking shears to reduce fraying on the denim patches. When I had the stocking top covered I trimmed the denim to match the stocking shape.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeItDenim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

Then I laid the top piece on the back piece and stitched around the edges on the right side and trimmed the seam allowance to about a quarter of an inch, again using pinking shears.

And somewhere during this phase I attached a loop of red ribbon to the top of the stocking to make it fit for hanging.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

Then I laid out the buttons and game pieces and hot glued them into place. I was able to spell his name with letter die from a word game. I think it was a prehistoric version of Boggle.

You could make stockings like this for all ages. Use any fabric and any adornments to personalize it.

What would you use to personalize stockings for your family?

 

 

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