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Make a Statement With Oversized Silk Blossoms

Fantasy flowers were inspired by an embellished dress from the 1920s
Threads #203, June/July 2019

The large fabric flowers shown on the back cover of Threads #203, June/July 2019, inspired this creation. Make the soft blossoms to suit any ensemble by changing the materials: Consider velvet, denim, organza, and silk. You can make them with pin backs so they can go from one garment to another. Once you get started making these, you’ll want to create a whole garden.

Select Pretty Supplies

You need only small quantities of materials. 

Three colored silk fabrics and six fancy trims lying on top of them, including long fringe, a sequined swatch, and embroidery floss.
Special fabrics and trims yield flowers with an opulent appeal.

Fabric for blossoms and blossom lining: Choose two coordinating tones. I used hand-dyed silk crepe.

Two circles for each flower: Use felt or soft leather for the center and backing circles.

Decorative center: Opt for textured ribbons (as was used in the sample), lace, sequined fabric appliqué, or hand-sewn beads.

Stamens: Make them with beaded or plain fringe, fine cord, or embroidery floss.

Stem fabric: Select enough to cut a bias strip 10 inches long. 

Pin back: You’ll sew this to the back of the flower, so you can move the flower.

Cultivate the Flowers

Create the petals, sew them to a plain circle, then add the decorative center.

1. Cut the pieces. Use the pattern provided in this post: “How to Make a Fabric Flower with This Free Pattern.” Cut five petals and five corresponding linings. Cut two felt or leather circles.Flower petal and lining pieces, plus two dark green felt circles for the backing.




2. Sew the petals. If the fabric needs extra body, interface each lining piece. Then, with right sides together,  sew a lining to each petal, using a 1/4-inch-wide seam allowance. Turn each right side out and press. 

Silk blossom petal and lining pieces sewn together

3. Attach the petals to the center. Fold each petal along its vertical center with right sides together, and stitch a box pleat 3/4 inch from the fold. Make this seam 3/4 inch long. Unfold…

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