“Fresh Flowers”

Fresh Flowers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Have you ever used a charm pack?  I never had before this project.  They are actually quite awesome!  A charm pack comes with 42 5″x5″  squares of 100% cotton fabric.  The charm pack I used to make these flowers is “Fresh Flowers” by Moda.  The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are really cool.  I loved making each flower unique.


   It’s so nice not to have to cut the squares for this project!  Also, the squares are cut with pinking shears so there is less fraying. 

To begin your flower take one 5″x5″ square and fold it in half corner to corner.

Thread your needle, double it up and tie it in a knot.  Stitch along the two open edges.  In the picture above I am just getting started.

This is what your square should look like after you have stitched both open edges.  It doesn’t matter what color of thread you use, it won’t be seen.

The picture above shows how it looks after you pull your thread tight. (You’re not crazy, that is a picture of a different square). LOL

 After you have created your first petal DO NOT CUT YOUR THREAD.  Take another (folded) square and connect the two by continuing to stitch along the open edges of the second square. (Shown above).

When you pull your thread tight you will now have two petals of your flower.

 Continue adding petals by repeating this process. 

I chose to make my flower 5 petals.  When you are done stitching your last petal, put the edges of the first and last petals together and continue to stitch.  Pull your thread very tight and tie your thread in a knot, sucuring the flower together.

 Cover the hole in the back with a felt circle.

On this flower I glued a button (from the Citrus button jar) in the center.

Hot glue a piece of 3/8″ ribbon to your dowel.  I used aprroximately 27″ of ribbon. 

Glue the ribbon to the dowel so that the ribbon doesn’t overlap, make sure you are not letting any of the dowel show.

When you have covered the entire dowel with ribbon glue it to the felt circle on the back of your flower.

Glue another felt circle over the top of the dowel and that finishes up your flower!  Awesome right? Make a whole bouquet!  You know you want to! 🙂

After making all my flowers I still had so many cute fabric squares left I wanted to make a matching vase.  I found a large can just begging for a makeover. 🙂 I  hot glued three fabric squares to the can.  In the picture below you can only see two of the fabrics.

I used 7/8″ white ribbon to cover the raw edge of the top and the bottom of the fabric.  The length of your ribbon will depend on your can.

I filled my “vase” up with beans, so my flowers would stay put.

Fresh Flowers - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All Done!  These “Fresh Flowers” will never wilt and they are sure to add cheer to any space!

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  1. Tracy
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    These are wonderful. I had thought about trying to do something like this but wasn’t sure how to start. Thanks so much!!! I love your blogs. I read each one. Keep up all the interesting ideas!
    And don’t forget to giggle every day!

  2. Kara
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    So cute! I am thinking of attaching a clip to make a hairbow out of it. Do you think that would be too large?

    • Cherie
      Posted May 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      This flower makes a very cute hair clip! I would wear it this size but if it is for a little girl you may want to make it a bit smaller.

  3. Shirley
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love these!!! Great job, Cherie!

  4. meghann
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Oh, these are so sweet! I may have to try them with some leftovers I have hanging around here… xo

  5. Jill
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    These are SO cute! I can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Macy
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    You can also put these on pens! 😉 They come out really cute

    • Cherie
      Posted May 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      Macy, These would be way cute on pens!

  7. Macy
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    You can also put these on pens! 😉 They come out really cute

  8. Nancy
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I was wondering how to make these!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. SANJUANITA lugo
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I made these on a car ride to the beach. Instead of the dowels I used pens they turned out so cute. They look alot harder to make than they are.

  10. Becky
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Another awesome idea! Love it!

  11. Cindy
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Love these!!! They are beautiful!

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