We gave my mum a magazine subscription for Mother's Day and because the notification arrived by email, we didn't have a little wrapped up present to give her on the day.
So, I spent some time on Mother's Day morning making a pretty fabric flower hanger thingy to hang in her study, by her computer, to make her smile - and it smells pretty good too.
- fabric scraps
- access to a sewing machine + bright red thread
- tiny buttons
- small scrap of cardstock
- a little bit of wadding or toy fill
- something to scent your flower - I used some fragrant wax chips
- length of ribbon for the "hanger".
1. Choose a FIVE fabrics roughly about 12x14cm. Use all the same fabric, two types fabrics OR a different fabric for each of the five petals.
2. Fold each piece of fabric in half WRONG sides together.
3. Head over to your sewing machine and stitch a very rough petal shape through both layers, leaving the lower edge free open. Stitch three times around your shape.
I prefer a random, shabby, uneven and imperfect flower SO I didn't make a petal template beforehand. BUT if you prefer a neater finish, by all means, create a petal shaped template on paper first to trace around for uniform shaped petals.
4. Once you have stitched your petal, use scissors to carefully snip around your stithing, leaving a narrow border.
5. Stitch all five petal shapes and snip out ready for assembly.
6. Cut TWO rough circles from fabric for your flower centre.
7. Type up a sentiment strip onto cardstock (or computer journal onto a strip of cardstock)
9. Pin each of your petals, sandwiched between your TWO fabric circles.
10. Head back to the sewing machine and stitch all layers together ONCE, leaving a space for where your LAST petal.
11. Leave the opening where the last petal will go, open for now, so we can softly fill our flower shape with wadding.
12. Softly stuff your flower centre with some wadding/toy fill.
13. I added in a few little scented candle chips from my scented candle mishap. But you could add some lavender seeds or a cotton ball fragranced with a few drops of essential oil.
Trim all your threads and give yourself a BIG CLAP, gift wrap and give to someone special. Hang your little fabric flower from a drawer knob, door knob or add to a wardrobe to lightly scent your clothes.