Monday, March 4, 2013

Fabric Floral Fun

So this week, my Technique Classes are all about fabric!  And it's been a steep learning curve for me, because I haven't used fabric (except for ribbon) a whole lot!  But the learning was SO much fun and something different to try out.  This was my first project!

  ( I am entering this card in two challenges, The Paper Players Challenge #135 to use sewing in my card, and Dynamic Duos Challenge #42 in Garden Green and Daffodil Delight.  There was no fabric available in Garden Green, so I had to use Old Olive instead.)

 Here are the challenges:

You've gotta try this!  Grab a cup of coffee and I'll show you how!

To be totally honest (yes, I'm nerdy like that), this fabric flower went through several changes as the afternoon wore on.  I even had a different version adhered to the card and photos taken, before I went back to the drawing board.  (Photos have a way of being brutally honest about your creations!)  What had looked cool and shabby-chic in real life, just looked oversized and messy on camera, so I removed some more layers and tried again.  Finally, I had it just the way I wanted it and I knew it would be much easier for my classes to complete as well.

You'll notice that the flower is the scene-stealer here.  The rest of the card is CAS (clean and simple).  The sentiment is from Fabulous Florets stamp set and the DSP is from Parker's Patterns. 

 Here's what you'll need: The Floral Frames Framelits and a Big Shot.

You'll also need a 5 1/2"  square piece of Designer Essentials Fabric and a 7" square piece in a different design, but same colour.

Thread a needle with some white or cream thread, and find a designer button in a coordinating colour and some linen thread.

Here's the Step by Step Instructions - Just for You!
  • Using the second and third smallest framelits, cut out 4 each of each size using differently designed fabrics.

  • Fold each piece in half so that you have four full petals.

Right way

                                       Wrong way

  • Fold in half again so you have a heart-shaped piece.

  • Place all four pieces, folded in fourths, overlapping each other in a circle.

  • Sew together with two or three stitches perpendicular to each other.

  • Repeat these steps with with second group of four smaller pieces, then sew to the first layer with a couple of stitches.

  • Add a button, or whatever you would like for a center.  You can sew on the button with another couple of stitches, or use glue dots for another type of center.

And that's all there is to it.   Give it a try!  And let me know what you create!

Stamps:  Fabulous Florets (w123025; c123027)
Paper:  Whisper White (100730) card stock; Parker's Patterns DSP (131021)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pad in Old Olive (126953)
Accessories:  Designer Buttons- Brights Collection (119747); Essentials Designer Fabric (126892); 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon in Daffodil Delight (125583); Linen Thread (104199)
Tools:  Floral Frames Framelits (127012); Big Shot (113419); Needle and thread


  1. Love the flower! The twine bow and button are the perfect finishing touches. So glad you joined us this week at Dynamic Duos.

  2. What an adorable creation! Great tutorial...and the sentiment is perfect for the flower! Thanks for playing with my stitchy challenge this week at the Paper Players!

  3. Heather - so cool! I had no idea that our framelits could cut fabric!!! I'm a non-sewer so I wonder if I could do this using adhesive?? I purchased the Flowers Die just for fabric hairbows that I have yet to make.... maybe I should get on that!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Fantastic card. ;-) I love your beautiful fabric flower, and I enjoyed your tutorial. Thank you so much for joining us at Dynamic Duos!

  5. This is a great project, Heather! Looks like a lot of work, but the end result is wonderful! Thanks for playing along with The Paper Players this week.

  6. Your flower is just fabulous, especially great job on your first project, and thank you for the detailed tutorial, might have to try that one out myself! Thank you for sharing your card with us this week at Dynamic Duos.

  7. Awesome, Heather! I love the fabric flower. It's perfect for your clean and simple layout. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!


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