Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flower Tutorial

Here's a little tutorial to show you how to make the flower that I put on the Amy Butler Sweet Harmony bag.

Cut out a flower shape from paper. I made a pansy petal using wool felt. Cut out about 6 or so petals, then three more to make smaller petals to go in the front.

Using one of those fancy stitches on your sewing machine that we almost never use, stitch around the edge of each petal. The stitching pulls the edges up slightly to make a little curve to each petal. This makes the flower look dimensional. You can see this better if you click on the picture.

Take three of the petals and cut them a little smaller to go in front of the larger petals, to make a more realistic looking flower.

Glue the pansy petals together into a desirable shape to make a pretty flower.

To make this flower center, I used a 1 1/2 inch piece of fabric, folded it in half lengthwise and stitched down the middle with a gathering stitch. Gather up to a desired length.

Make a nice circle with this ruffle by trimming it, then glue it together, then glue it to the pansy and add a cute button from your stash.

For the green frill that will go behind the whole flower, I used a 1 1/2 inch strip of fabric, sewing a gathering stitch down the middle and gathered it up. When the inside of the flower is complete, glue it to the back of the flower in an attractive way to peek out in three or four places.

The finished product! Glue a pin to the back to attach to the purse.


  1. Thanks for the great tutorial. The flower is so cute, as is your Amy Butler bag. (I came across your blog because I have the McCall's 3106 jacket pattern and you're the ONLY review of it and your jacket turned out fitting beautifully)

  2. I love this flower-so different from all the other ones I've seen! Thankyou!!

  3. Hi... Thanks for tutorial. Its beautiful.

    Val (visit me and be my follower)

  4. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Take Care and God Bless! Donna