Fiber artist Julie Creus at La Todera generously offered me the opportunity to re-post her tutorial for making a sakura brooch as a project idea for our Community Garden for Quilt! Knit! Stitch! (Thanks, Julie!)
I have gotten some questions about whether the fabric flowers for our community garden need to have stems, and the answer is no, they do not. We plan to not just “plant” fabric flowers but also to hang them from lattice work that will be the backdrop to the garden. Also, we welcome all types and kinds of flowers made from knitting, crochet, quilting, and mixed media (yes, we welcome paper flowers, too!)
I think this brooch would be cute to make with polka dot fabrics:
- 1 fat quarter of pink fabric
- 1 fat quarter green fabric
- 1 fat quarter yellow fabric
- 3 small pearl-like beads
- Poly-fil stuffing
- Embroidery floss: dark yellow
- 1 sheet crafts felt: green
- 1 pin back (1-1/4″ long)
- Long hand-sewing needle (that will fit through your pearl-like beads)
- Hot glue gun
- Pinking shears
Finished brooch: 4-1/2″
From pink fabric, cut:
- 5 pattern A
From green fabric, cut:
- 5 of pattern B
From yellow fabric, cut:
- 1 of pattern C
From green felt, cut:
- 1 of patterns D and E
**Note: After cutting the green felt circles, cut around them again with pinking shears for a decorative edge.
Assemble the Brooch:
1. Fold pink shapes in half lengthwise with right sides out; press. Fold green circles in quarters with right sides out; press.
2. Thread needle with 20″ strong thread. Sew a 3⁄8″ running stitch 1⁄8” from raw edge of one pink shape. Begin and end sewing on top side of work. Do not backstitch or cut thread.
3. Continue with one green shape. Stitch three in-and-out stitches as shown and leave it on the thread next to the large pink petal.
4. Add the rest of the pink and green shapes in the same manner, alternating between the two. You should have a total of 5 large and 5 small petals on the thread.
5. Gather the 10 petals to the center of the thread. Scrunch them together as closely as possible. Tie ends of thread together so that petals form a donut shape. The ‘hole’ of the donut should be as small as you can make it (around 3/4″ across); clip threads. Find right side of flower. Pull small green petals up and away from larger ones. Manipulate large pink petals into spoon shapes by pushing your thumb into the center of each petal.
6. Stitch 1/8″ away from the raw edge of the yellow circle using 1/4″ stitch length. Stitch all around the circumference, starting and ending on the right side of the fabric.
7. Gather the circle up into a cup shape, insert a tiny amount of stuffing, and pull thread tight to close the circle. Tie off and trim thread. Press to flatten puff.
8. Use three strands of embroidery floss about 20″ and tie large knot at end. Starting from the backside of puff, bring needle up 1/4″ in from edge. Wrap thread around to the back side of the puff and bring needle up through the same hole. Again wrap thread around to the back side of the puff and bring needle up through same hole. Pull tight. Now bring needle back down so that floss is now on back side. Bring needle up about 1/4″ over from first stitches, 1/4″ in from edge. Repeat wrap stitches until you have 5 ‘dents’ around perimeter of puff.
9. Use sewing thread that matches the beads and make a large knot at the end of the thread. Bring thread up at edge of a floss line. Thread a bead on, and stitch back down through the center. Repeat with the two remaining beads. Tie off in back and clip threads.
10. Apply small amount of hot glue to inner ring of petal ring. Apply center puff, covering the hole.
11. Apply hot glue to larger circle of felt and center over opening on back of flower. Glue pin on center of felt. Apply glue to small felt circle and apply over pin as shown.
To see more ideas, check out Julie’s blog!