Oh gosh, it’s October, that means I’m getting married next month! Eek! I’m over the moon with excitement and nerves and all those emotions that come with a year of planning this one, significant November day. This month, therefore, I chose to incorporate my wedding planning into my Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post and have made some white rose bunting for our head table at the reception venue. Isn’t it just darling?
The pattern for the flowers is Simplicity 1601, though I only chose to make view L. The pattern comes with about 100 different flowers to make as well as a Christmas wreath, Christmas stocking, picture frame and wall-hanging – talk about value for money! The fabric I used is simply ivory polyester lining fabric, which is the cheapest of cheap, and then some dark green felt and yellow felt to make the leaves and centre, plus some little sparkly glass beads to represent the stamen in the middle of the flower.
Now, if I told you that this project involved fire, would you believe me?! To make the petals all life-like the pattern instructs you to cut out all the shapes, light a candle and then curl the edges of the fabric using the heat from the flame! Well, I’ve never had so much fun! Here are a few pictures of them being made:
Once all the petals are sufficiently curled it was simply a case of stitching them together, attaching the leaves and sewing on the glass beads to the centre. I chose to make my flowers into a string of bunting by sewing them onto a long length of ivory ribbon but I’m sure there are endless possibilities for what you could do with them! I quite fancy making some of the poinsettia-like flowers (view F) for Christmas next – they’d look great draped over a fireplace.