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.
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?