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May 11, 2011

Fabric Vine Part 2: Petal Flowers

I honest to goodness hope and pray that fabric flowers never go out of style.  I hope we wear them, use them in decor, and put them on anything remotely flowerable until I am old and grey.  My love of flowers and gardening grows each year but to be able to craft them from fabric or other materials simply fascinates me.  And they last which makes my joy for them truly complete.
This fabric garland makes me so happy.  When I made the leaf garland, I was not sure what kind of flowers I wanted to make or if I should even add them.  I am so glad I did! I love that the flowers make this so versatile.  From decor, to a party, to holiday decorating.  It is just so pretty.  And the different kind of flower possibilities make me swoon with delight!  Aren't I sappy over this thing?
I want to share with you how I made these flowers.  I originally got this diy flower pin tutorial from Momtastic. She used this petal flower to make a pin but I tweeked her tutorial a bit by making these flowers become removable by adding little twisty fasteners.

Here is MY tute...
To make this you will need: scissors (that cut fabric), a glue gun, several large and several small petals and a small felt circle. Cut out several large and small petals for your flower.
  Cut a slit at the bottom of each petal. It will look like it has little legs. :)
 Starting with one of your LARGE petals, cross the legs and hot glue them to your circle.  
This helps the petal stand up.  
I tried a zillion different ways to do this and this way works the best.
Do this all the way around with your LARGE petals.
Now start a second row with your small petals. Keep doing this until you get to the center and have the fullness you want. I ended up cutting out even smaller petals for the center.
Now you made a pretty little flower.  
I decided not to put anything in the center but you can definitely add a fabric/regular button,  pearl, bead or whatever in the center to give it a more finished look. Nothing suited me so I just left it the way it was.

Now for the backs...
You need all this stuff and your glue gun too!
Make a "U" shape with your wire and hot glue it to the back of your flower on the felt circle.
Add a little more hot glue and cover the center with your little felt square and you are done!
 Just fasten it to your vine like a twist tie and you will have a fabric flower and leaf vine.
 I just love it.  How about you?

On a personal note...
I actually need to ask you to be thinking and praying for our family.  My precious grandmother, my Mema, took a fall on Mother's Day breaking both her wrists and 2 ribs. She can not even feed herself due to her broken wrists. The following evening she was in her recliner since her bed made it too painful to breathe, and fell as she got up becoming caught in the opening between the chair and foot rest.  It is just awful. 
Sadly, our fears were realized today and she is now developing pneumonia. 

They are putting her in hospice and I am going to travel there alone in the next few days.   I just ask for peace and strength for all my family members.  And for my broken heart.  I love her so much and I will miss her terribly.  But I want to see her one more time.

Thank you so much for being my friends and always showing you care.


  1. this flower garland is just darling, I love it! and praying for a safe trip to see grammy, I'm so sorry :(

  2. Lovely! So glad to see it so beautifully displayed.

  3. ok so lets just say..
    I'm Featuring this tomorrow :)

  4. PLEASE know that I will be keeping your sweet Mema in prayer and ask the Lords Grace and Mercy to be upon her..that though her body may be broken and bruised that He will bestow upon her an Ease and Pain Free feeling..I will EARNESTLY pray that..So that when you arrive you might see that within her bring your own heart comfort during this painful time...

    Many Blessings to you
    In Christ

  5. Will be lifting you and your family up in prayer. So thankful that you are able to go see her one more time . . . May God comfort you in the way only He can.

  6. Prayers to your grandma and family. I just went through something similar with a dear 83ish year old aunt it's hard ...peace be with you and your dear Grandma. (I LOVE the garland! In just a second the idea is headed into an "idea" folder for my neice's wedding) .

  7. your poor grandma...I am thinking of her and sending her many blessings for a speedy recovery.

    Your garland is adorable my sweet are so clever.


  8. oh, sweet girl. you have prayers, warm thoughts, and hugs coming your way! i remember how hard it was when my grandmother passed...i hope that you can feel some peace during your visit, and enjoy the time spent with your mema.

    and i love the garland! maybe take it with you and hang it somewhere your mema can see and enjoy it...

  9. Oh Jess . . . I was just going to leave this completely obnoxious comment to the effect of "thanks for the tute, but really won't you just make me one because I love it so much!" . . .

    then I got to the end of your post . . .

    I'll be praying, Jess. You know I will. My Nana passed away ~4 years ago and I still miss her terribly.

  10. First, I have to say that this flower garland is BRILLIANT :) Just absolutely gorgeous! and thank you for sharing the flower tutorial.
    I want to add my prayers for your Mema, my Grammy is 93 and she fell 2 weeks ago, her injuries are not so severe like your Mema, but I am worrying about her everyday. Sending hugs your way and hope your Mema is as comfortable as can be. It sounds like she is surrounded by love.

  11. Your flower garland is simply beautiful. I found you through a link over at Free Pretty Things For You.

    Sending you and your family postive thoughts. Take care~

  12. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial. I love it!

    Prayers to you and your Mema. May the Lord's Grace prevent her from suffering. Have a safe trip when you go see her.

    Warm hugs,

  13. dear jessica,
    i am praying so hard that you get to see your mema and if it is her time to say goodbye. i know how much that can mean. we were going to visit my dear grandma and she died three days before my husbands vacation. she wasn't even unusually sick. my mother died one week before i was going to go live with my step-father and help him take care of her. that was when the doctors said he would probably start needing help. i had 2 early gradeschool children i was homeschooling at the time and didn't want to disrupt them too much by going too soon. 10 years later my brother closest to me had lung cancer. i cleared my scehdule to go see him as it was stage 4 when diagnosed. i hadn't seen him in a while because of the miles and i am handicapped. two days before i was supposed to leave, my father called my husband to say he had found kevin in a pool of blood. his lungs had hemmoraged. i never got to say my goodbyes. so with all my heart and all my prayers i am speeding you along to say goodbye to your mema. please write us when you get back to tell us how it went. with all the people praying for you we will want to know. blessings.
    i have just loved your leaf and flower garland. i intend to make one for my granddaughters bedroom.

  14. I love how this flower is 3D! I've made one before but it was flat. I had the hardest time getting my fabric to fuse because my iron is hardly hot enough!

    Your poor Mema. :( It sure is hard getting older. Blessings of strength healing and comfort to you all! ♥

  15. I wish you and your family peace and strength during this difficult time to be sure. I lost my Nana a few years back to a similar situation - one fall turned into two which took a turn for the worse. She was happy and at peace and looked forward to meeting Popop in heaven and knew she had lived a great life and was happy she had met her great grandson.

    On another note, I love your garland and your clear, concise and easy tutorials.

  16. beautiful garland.

    Praying for your grandmother and wishing you a safe trip.

    God Bless
    embellishments by tina

  17. My Prayers are with you and your family! This is such a Heart breaking Thing!!


  18. I am so sorry that so many of your comments were deleted on this post while blogger went down for a few days! Just know I read each and every one and I hope to be writing you all back soon when I get the chance! Love and hugs to you all!


  19. I am so sorry to hear about her fall, My dear Auntie, who introduced me to Jesus, died last Fall, she was 94 and I miss her so much. It is a happy thing for them to be done with the pain and go home, but sad for us who are left here.

    You are in my thoughts and

  20. Beautiful garland, it's so sweet.

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Have a safe trip.

  21. I saw this on "Free Pretty Things for You". It is stunning! I definitely will be making this when I get a chance!

  22. Hello Jessica,
    I just wanted to let you know that you continue to be on my heart and in my prayers..Along with your sweet Grandmother..
    Blessings to you in Christ

  23. Thank you so much for the tutorial. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Safe travels to see your grandmother. Prayers are with you.


  24. Oh no, Jessica. Your grandmother (and family) is in my thoughts and prayers (BIG hug) for healing and a speedy recovery.

    Your flower garland is beautiful. Thank you for the great tutorial!

    Take care.


  25. So sorry to hear about your gran. I wish her a speedy recovery.
    Thank you very much for the tutorial.

  26. These are too gorgeous for words. I want to make them right now and hang them everywhere.

  27. It looks real and so charming!

  28. Thanks for the tutorial. The snip is the trick to making the petals dimensional- I'd never figured that out by myself.


  30. This is soooo cute!!! i love the garland!!!

  31. Oh my God....this idea not only opens endless possibilities, but inspire me right away. I will rank this as excellent!!! BRAVO

  32. Hi,,this is wonderful,you do great work,, thank you for sharing your beautiful things,,, christy,,,and God bless

  33. Pinning this one too, with link back to your blog - Last night I bought an awesome old shabby chandelier from Craigslist and I want to take it to the top (in more ways than one :) for my new Breakfast Room look. My plan was to put some type of garland - and this is it! I love this!!! Thanks so much for the awesome, step-by-step tutorial. I'll be at Joann's this morning looking for fabric. Hugs ~ Mary

  34. So sorry for you . . . I lost my Mee Ma (my mentor, my second mother, one of the loves of my life) on March 18, and even though I've cried my little eyes out, I KNOW she's with Jesus. The Lord gave us some very clear, amazing signs at the end, and I hope and pray you have the same peace. He is so good to us.

  35. This is beautiful. I read your infertility story. Thank you thank you thank you for posting that! God is so good.

  36. your garland is so beautiful! my prayers to your mema & strength for you & family at this time of need!

  37. Oh my this is just gorgeous, thanks for sharing!!


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