Friday, October 28, 2011

Point of View Reveal- Burlap

Friday, October 28, 2011
The collage this month is just awesome.  Camilla is the genius behind each of our collages each month and she does an amazing job each time! :)
When thinking about burlap, the possibilities are endless- and a glance over the variety of projects in our Point of View reveal this month is a good example.  See something that catches your eye?  Check out one or more of the projects by clicking on the links below:
Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything
Gwen at Gwenny Penny
Angie (our awesome guest poster- Please show her some comment love!) from The Country Chic Cottage
Camilla from Rosy Red Buttons
Amy (don't go anywhere)
Michelle at A Little Tipsy
I went to the launch of Amanda Herrings' new fabric line- Delighted for Riley Blake last week.  The samples she had made up were amazing!  One of my favorite things was the banner lined with burlap and topped with quilted pennants.  The contrast between the quilter weight cotton and the burlap was terrific and inspired my project this week!
Want to make your own burlap centered accent flower?  I'm here to help. :)

This tutorial is pretty simple- you can adjust the size of the flower by changing the size of the circle you use.  I am using a charm pack of Gobble Gobble from Moda that I had on hand, so I chose a circle that would fit on the 5" square.
1.  Trace your circle on the wrong side of the fabric.  2.  Cut out the circle with pinking shears (this will save you needing to clip the curves later)  3.  Fold in half and sew along the outer edge.  4.  Using sharp scissors, cut along the folded straight edge.  Make an approx 1" hole.
Next you will need to turn the petal right-side out.  (repeat for all five petals)
Sew a gather stitch (long running stitch) along the straight edge of the petal and gather.
I lined my burlap with a scrap of natural colored cotton.  Cut out a circle the same size as the petals and run a gathering stitch around the edge.
Pull the gather stitches to make a pouch and  put a small amount of fiber fill inside- tie it off so it's closed.
To make the flower I just used some pearl cotton and a running stitch to sew the petals onto the center.  Depending on what you're going to use the flower for, you can finish the back of the flower with felt, paper or another center to make it double sided.

On this tote- I sewed the flower directly onto the bag.  I think it makes a fun accent to this girly bag- and the contrast with the burlap really makes the cotton fabrics stand out.
What would you use these flowers for?
So, now you've seen my Point of View on burlap- what's yours?  Visit Michelle's blog at A Little Tipsy to link up your projects that use burlap and get your Point of View heard! :)
XOXO,
Amy

7 comments:

Leanne said...

That's so cute Amy! I might have to try to make some of these for my grand daughters. I love the texture of the burlap for the centers.

Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

Love the flowers! I will be for sure making these... you are the greatest!

Lorene (just Lu) said...

This is so cute, Amy! I have been browsing for something to spice up a fall leaf garland and these will be perfect! Off to buy burlap... can you believe I'm a burlap virgin?? Never used it before... any tips?

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are so cute, Amy. And there are so many different projects you could use them on. I especially love the orange flower... I like how the orange thread pops against the burlap. Great job!

Michele Pacey said...

Very sweet embellishment, Amy. That's a great way to combine some pretty fabric with the more rustic burlap. I could see this flower being used on a hair band too. Wouldn't that be cute?

Gayle Page-Robak said...

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Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I wanted to thank you for including me in the point of view this month. I had a blast! :) Love this project! :)

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