Sunday, May 15, 2011

Red Poppies Flower Tutorial and Napkins

One of my all time favorite flowers are Red Poppies. It was up to me there will be fresh cut poppies around the house at all time - unfortunately they don't make good cut flowers. So here's my compromise:

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Fabric Red Poppies :). I had a bit of red fabric and some time on Friday to create something new for the home so I figure I'll make something I really enjoy but don't get to see that often.

These are sitting pretty in the little wooden crate. Originally designed to be part of a napkin topper for decoration:

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Here's a quick tutorial of how to make these poppies (makes 6):

Materials:
  • 6 strips of red fabric cut 4.5" x 14"
  • 6 black fabrics scraps (~4" x 4" each) 
  • 6 black fabric strips (1/3" x 6")
  • 6 strips of green fabric cut 1.5" x 14"
  • 6 bamboo sticks/skewers about 6" each
  • hot glue gun
  • scissor
Technique:
  1. Prep the poppy stem: Wrap each stick with one of the green fabrics - leave about 1/2" exposed where the flower would be attached later on
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  3. Make the poppy center.  
    • Place one of the black fabric scraps on a flat surface and place some stuffing in the middle (I used some cut up fabric scraps).  
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    • Scrunch up the fabric around the stuffing to make a ball and tie the 'ball' with a strip of the black fabric.  Cut off the excess fabric.
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  4. Attach the poppy center to the exposed end of the poppy stem with some hot glue
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  6. Prep the poppy petals.   Cut wavy lines on one of the long sides of each of the red fabric strips.  The cutting doesn't have to be precise to give it a more unique look for each poppy.
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  8. Attach the poppy petal to the stem.  
    • Start with one of the the red fabric strip.  Hot glue a corner against the exposed poppy pen.  Make sure that the wavy end is facing upwards.
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    • Hot glue a small line against the long uncut end of the fabric strip - pinch and hot glue (if needed) against the poppy stem.  Continue this until the whole red fabric strip is against the step.  Make sure that the exposed stem area is completely covered by the poppy petal and the petal goes all around the stem.  Use a  little bit of hot glue to blue the start of the petal to the end so it forms a neatly enclosed poppy
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And voila!  A beautiful poppy.  Make a few or make a bunch.  These are great alone or to use for decor.
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Bunch them up for a nice bouquet:
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Thanks for visiting and I'll be sharing this tutorial at these lovely LINKY PARTIES.

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-Q

24 comments:

Shimi said...

Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.
Jen
http://shimistore.blogspot.com/

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love how you did the stems. Most people would take the easy way out and paint them. All the details from the stem to the center are perfect, but I love how they are displayed in the vintage inspired garden basket.

Felicia @ All Things Fee said...

Love them! I make the rolled rosettes to adorn things all the time, now I have a new flower how to up my sleeve!


Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/05/calling-all-crafters-7th-edition.html

Linda said...

Poppies have always been my favorite. I don't have any right now though. Hey, this is the time of year to buy them. Thanks for reminding me about how much I love poppies. Best wishes.

Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said...

I love red poppies too! And these are great. Thanks for sharing. I found you at Mad in Crafts.

ArtChick said...

I love new flower tutorials. Your poppy one is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it!

Rachael said...

So neat! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

Sara said...

Clever,clever you!! Great flowers:)

Julie said...

These are so pretty! I hope you'll link up at Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds.
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/05/inspire-me-monday-thanks-for-stopping.html

AmieAnn said...

These are soo pretty! I love the fancy edge to the poppies and the tutorial is great! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party! Can't wait to see what you share next week!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

these flowers are just lovely, and so is your tutorial! i will have to try them out now.

I'm a new follower!
kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Sharde said...

aww these are so cute! :) im going to have to make some of these in my new house! thanks for posting this, love your blog! just found you today through my backyard eden link party!

thestyleprojects.blogspot.com

Suzanne said...

Those are so gorgeous and fun!

(stopping by from Organize & Decorate Everything blog hop)

Food-Fun-Creativeness and Gardening said...

how clever! i love how you did the center! way to go, i have just made some fabric flowers as well, stop on by and take a peek!
-Rox

everythingelseilove.blogspot.com

Leanne said...

I love poppies too. These are gorgeous. Thanks for linking to Home Decor & Organizing Link Party.

Sassy Sites! said...

So cute!! I would love for you to come by Sassy Sites and link up at our Flower Power party today! xoxo!

Marni @ Sassy Sites!

radn@HouseonAshwelllane said...

very nice tutorial!

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Mallory said...

These are so cute! Thanks for sharing in detail how you made them. I'm excited to try your easy sound tutorial.

I linked up after you (for my first time!) at Tatertos and Jello!

purplestpecalin.blogspot.com

Cidinha said...

I love it! Simple....and very, very beautiful!

hugs
Cidinha

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

I love poppies. This is a great tutorial!! TFS. Stopping by from It's a Hodgepodge Life and I am your newest follower.

Come on by my blog when you have a moment. This is what I shared on the blog hop: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/red-simplicity-cynthia-rowley-dress.html

Miss Rebecca said...

What a terrific tutorial! I love poppies! <3

To Sew With Love said...

Hi! these really turned out perfect and pretty! We will be featuring this today and you also made it to TSWL's Finest round 4. Votation will start tomorrow and will run for a week! Good luck! Do grab a featured button if you fancy to ^^)

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Kate said...

They're gorgeous and just what I was looking for a few months ago. I've bookmarked your tutorial. Thanks so much.

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