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Burlap Flowers

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in burlap flowers | 23 comments

I have been loving the Easter crafting, but now it is time to move on to other projects.
I recently purchased what might be my yard sale find of the century. You can read about that here.
That purchase has caused a major rearrange of pictures in my house. And, now a slew of other projects. . . My thoughts being, well, I can’t take a picture of that yet because I have not painted that table. . . I can’t take a picture of that yet because I have been meaning to make cuter clothespins for the memo board. . . and the list goes on. This is why I am so glad to have this blog. Now, the projects that would have just sat unfinished WILL get finished!
So, today I will show you one piece of the puzzle for my kitchen (not sure exactly where this is going yet)
And, I will show you how to make these precious burlap flowers. . .

My sweet husband bought me a a great birdcage memo board for our anniversary a couple of years ago.  I have always just used plain clothespins to attach pictures to it, but I have always thought it would be cute to jazz them up a bit.

This is a tutorial on how to make the burlap flowers.  I happened to attach mine to clothespins, but you could use them as magnets, on wreaths, on gift packages. . . the list goes on!  Let your imagination go!

I love the look of burlap!  The great texture and the earthy feel.  I have also found that I love the look of painted burlap.  Then, the color selection is limitless!

Step 1:  Draw 3 sizes of flowers.  I used my clothespin as my guide for how big I wanted them to be.  Nothing fancy, just a simple kindergarten flower!

Step 2:  Cut out the pattern, pin onto the burlap (I am using cream burlap), and cut out.  For each flower, cut out 2 of the large, 2 of the medium and 1 of the small.

 

Step 3: Sew the 2 large ones together, leaving an opening for the filling.  (I almost forgot to leave an opening every time!  The sewing is so quick!)  Do the same for the 2 medium flowers – sew together and leave an opening.  The sewing does not have to be perfect, and the flowers do not have to line up perfectly.  I think it adds to their charm :)  If you are more of a gluer than a sewer, I am sure that you could replace a good fabric glue for all of the sewing!

Step 4:  Fill with stuffing and finish sewing together.

So, you will end up with this. . . 2 large flowers and 2 medium flowers that are sewn and stuffed and 1 small flower.

Step 5:  Paint the flowers any color that you want!   I painted each flower a different color. I like to keep things neutral at my house, so I chose shades of cream and blue.   But, if you are a hot pink and purple type, then that would be great too!  I just used an acrylic paint.

I did not have the color blue that I wanted, so I just mixed some turquoise and white to get the color I had in mind.

Step 6:  I stacked the flowers up in stacks of 3; largest to smallest.  Then, I sewed them all together with a button.  Once again, my gluing friends could just use hot glue.

Step 7:  I added a leaf using felt.  I usually make my own felt.  Super easy. . . buy a 100% wool sweater at a thrift store in a great color.  Wash on hot in the washing machine and dry on high in the dryer – You have now made felt :) I found one of my favorite lime green wools, traced out the leaf pattern, and cut it out.

Step 8:  Hot glue the leaf onto the back of the flower.

Step 9:  Hot glue the clothespin onto the leaf and flower.  (This is where you could also use a magnet or a pin. . .)

And now you have a precious burlap flower to use how ever you want!

 

 

Here are my burlap flower clothespins in action.  Holding some of my favorite family pictures!

Now, I just have to figure out exactly where this is going to go?!

I hope to finish painting a table for the kitchen today.  We will see how that goes?

Happy flower making!
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23 Comments

  1. Adorable flowers!!! Please post more cute tutorials!!!!!

  2. Adorable flowers!!! Please post more cute tutorials!!!!! I really love them!! I think I am going to make a banner out of them in different colors.

  3. Whoops! I accidentally posted 2! I am new at commenting….

  4. Wow! I LOVE burlap. And I love wool too. These are adorable. Thank you so much for the tutorial. You’ve totally inspired me! And what a sweet husband you have – that birdcage memo board is beyond adorable. :-)

    • I love burlap too! The possibilities are endless! And yes, I have a GREAT husband :)

  5. OMG that is so cute! I love burlap and this is a great idea! Looks like you have a very sweet family – sweet blog, too :)Found you at Show and Tell Saturday from Be Different, Act Normal!
    ~Ruthie
    http://ruthieskozikitchen.blogspot.com/

  6. I love pretty much anything burlap so am totally smitten by your flowers – gorgeous!

    • I LOVE burlap! I am having so much fun working with it. I just finished a burlap project with little birds. I will have that up on Monday! Thanks for the kind comment!

  7. I am in love with burlap right now and am collecting project ideas. These are adorable!

    • Glad that you like them! I have another burlap project that I am going to post on Monday – you will have to check back! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Very cute! Love the sweater leaves, and thanks for the tutorial. Where do you find white burlap?

    • Thanks! I am always on the lookout for wool sweaters in great colors to make felt out of! As of the burlap, I got it at Hobby Lobby. It is actually a cream color.

  9. These are SO pretty! I would never have thought to paint them. Thanks for sharing this great idea with my readers.

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. Love this use of burlap. I have to try this!

    • This was the first time that I had painted burlap and now I am painting burlap in just about every project that I do!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I love these–so sweet and fun! Thanks for linking up!

  12. This is just so cute! I love how you stuffed the flowers for dimension! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,

    Trish

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I haven’t tried making my own felt yet…but the green is a fab color.
    What is the bird cage thingy? It looks amazing, whatever it is! Jealous:)
    Next door neighbour at flamingo toes so I thought I would pop by and say hi!
    Nice to “meet” you :)
    nicole

    • I found that bird cage last year on clearance at Hobby Lobby. Love the clearance! As for the felt, I am always on the look-out for great color wool sweaters at the thrift stores. I have used that color in a lot of my projects. It is a great color. Thanks for stopping by. I will take a look at your site next. It is fun to meet fellow bloggers!

  14. Hi Melissa — thanks for sharing this adorable project at Craft Junkie Too. Love burlap!!
    It’s part of our Featured Favorites on this week’s party so stop by to check it out and maybe grab the featured me button. Thanks again and have a great week-end! :)
    Tracy
    http://www.craftjunkietoo.com/2012/04/tgif-linky-party-54.html

    • Thanks so much for the feature! That makes my day :)

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