A friend told me about a little local secret called “Room With A Past.” Its a antique-y boutique full of all sorts of hand made or restored things, and its only open one weekend a month. So last Friday morning, we went over to see what they had. And oooh I was inspired! I came away with a few treasures, (most noteworthy is the beautiful glass doorknob for the chicken coop!) and lots of ideas. As soon as we got home I went right to the fabric bin to see if we could make some little flowers, just like the bunch of sweet peas that had caught my eye.
I gathered up some green velvet ribbon for a stem, orange linen (from a thrift-store shirt), a skewer, spray laundry starch, scissors, and a needle and thread.
Step One: Lay out a length of ribbon (however long you want your stem to be) and a strip of linen (2×6″, give or take) on a piece of scratch paper, and give it a good spray with laundry starch. Pick up the ribbon and wrap it around a skewer lengthwise to make a ribbon tube. Wrap thread around the ribbon to keep it in place. When the starch is all dry, the ribbon stem will be cylindrical instead of, well, ribbon shaped.
Step Two: When the linen is dry, wind it up into a roll about an inch wide. Smash the roll to flatten, and cut through the layers of fabric to make a petal shape, as seen below. The shape on top isn’t as important as making sure that the sides connect so that you end up with a nice “petal chain” when you unroll the ribbon, as seen above.
Step Three: Thread a needle with thread that matches your fabric, and tie a knot in the end. Set it someplace safe and close so that you can grab it easily with one hand. Now begin to wind your petal chain around the top of the stem, trying to overlap the petals a bit so that they aren’t all on one side. The ribbon is so short that its easy to wind and unwind till you’re happy with how your flower looks.
Step Four: When your flower looks just how you want it, grab your needle (aren’t you glad its already threaded?) and stitch through the base of the flower. Go through enough times to secure the base of the petals in place and to the stem.
Step Five, Extra Credit: My friend had the great idea, if you are inclined to make a pile of these flowers, to make them into a “daisy chain.” Fold the base of the ribbon back on itself and cut 2 slits, which will turn into one matching slit when you roll the stem back up. Thread the stem of the next flower through the slit, just like a real dandelion chain. I started this but as cute as it is, its only 4 flowers long. I have my limits.