1. Cut the dowels to the desired length, if necessary. Paint each dowel rod with the green paint; let dry and set aside.
2. Cut one 18" square from each fabric and one 18" square from the interfacing. Wrong sides facing, fuse the fabric squares to the opposite sides of the interfacing.
3. Using a fabric-marking pen, draw flower shapes on the fabric using the flower patterns on page 73. Repeat, drawing some large and some small flowers on each fabric (A). Cut out the flowers.
4. Set up the machine for a satin stitch. Thread the top and bobbin with matching or contrasting thread. Satin stitch around each flower (B).
5. Position one small flower on one large flower, turning it slightly so the petals don't align. Position and sew a button in the flower center (C). Use a thimble when hand sewing the button—the thickness of the flowers is a bit harder to manage. Repeat to attach a second smaller flower to a larger flower.
"Curves Are In"
Use a thimble when hand sewing the button because the flowers get a bit thick. Your fingers will thank you!
6. Place two layered flowers together with the buttons facing out. Straight stitch around the flowers just inside the satin stitching lines. Leave a 1⁄4" opening the insert the dowel. Backstitch securely on either side of the opening (D).
7. Fold up the smaller flower petals and steam to add dimension.
8. Position a dowel between the flowers through the opening.
9. Repeat, creating enough flowers to make a bouquet.
YOU WILL NEED:
(makes a bouquet)
• 1⁄2 yard or fat quarter of fabric A
• 1⁄2 yard or fat quarter of fabric B
• 1⁄2 yard of doublesided stiff fusible interfacing
• matching or contrasting allpurpose thread
• fabric-marking pen
• hand-sewing needle
• 1⁄8"-diameter 50"-long dowels (one makes three flower stems)
• green paint and paintbrush
A Draw flowers on fabric.
B Satin stitch around flower.
C Stitch flowers and button together.
D Stitch flowers, leaving an opening for dowel.
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