Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day - Patriotic Flower

I woke up feeling crappy today, so I didn't do anything to celebrate Memorial Day. I did however Utilize some of my new craft supplies to make a pretty patriotic flower!

These 5 conveniently pre-cut 4x4 quilting squares were among the fabric scraps, and I like the way they look together. It's a pretty subtle patriotic theme with some stars, and red white and blue hues. 

 I tried 2 methods of making petals, before deciding on the one I wanted, but I'll post pictures from both.
 1st method you fold square into triangle, and then fold it again to make a smaller triangle. 
 Then you make a running stitch across the open edge of the small triangle. 
 After you pull together, you should get this pointy petal result. 
 The second method I tried you fold the square into a triangle just once, then sew a running stitch along the 2 open edges. 
 When you pull tight, you should get a more round petal.
 They turned out about the same sized, and both methods are super easy! 

I chose the more pointy petal. Just repeat the process for the other squares, attaching as you go along. 

 I glued a felt square to the back so I would have something to attach a pin, or headband to.
 And finally added 3 red white and blue buttons to the center to complete the patriotic look! 

I know those instructions are absolutely tragic! Hope you get the gist of it though; it really is so simple. I got the inspiration from THIS blog, and she gives much better instructions. She did a slightly different method with circles, but since I already had squares, I made squares work! I'm still trying to decide if I should make it a hair pin, or head band...

Happy Memorial Day everyone! My thoughts and prayers are with those who have died protecting my freedom. Thank you troops who are currently fighting for this country. 

Until next time. 

I decided upon putting it on a headband, and I'm happy with my decision. Good thing about hot glue is that if I change my mind and REALLY want to make it into a hair pin or other, I can persuade the hot glue to relese my flower from the headband. 

I know I look like a gross hot mess in these pictures, but focus on the pretty flower headband. It was 1:00 a.m. so probably not the time I should attempt being a model. 

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