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Posted by on Apr. 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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Make it Do Gift: Felt Poinsettia

November 16th, 2009

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Yesterday, my girls and I were working on a few Christmas gifts for their friends.  One thing led to another and I found myself making yet another flower pin.  This time a Poinsettia.  I loved this project and ended up making two for my girls, and plan on making more.  They are perfect as a broach or as a hair clip.

Here's what you will need:

  • Small amount of red wool felt (I used scraps from another project.)
  • Very small amount of green wool felt (also scraps)
  • button
  • pin or hair clip
  • freezer paper
  • template  here is my simple template, but I also found this wonderful template from Kaboose.  It has a few more petals than my simple flowers, but that might look even better, here's the link: Kaboose Poinsettia Template

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1.  Start by tracing your pattern onto the paper side of a piece of freezer paper.

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2.  Cut out your template, and place it on your wool, waxy/shiny side down.

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3.  Using an iron set to wool, iron on the template.  It will gently stick to your fabric.

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4.  Using good scissors, cut out around the template.

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5.  Peel the template away from the wool.  It doesn't leave a mark.  Isn't that cool?

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6.  Repeat with the smaller flower.  I just set the button down to see how it would look.

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7.  Cut a 1 1/4 inch circle out of red or green felt.  Cut two small slits in the circle, just wide enough to slip a hair clip through.  This is for the back of the flower, on which to attach the clip or pin.

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8.  Using just the bottom flower, stitch the circle around the back of the flower.  I used white thread to show the stitching better in the photo... Yah, that was it.  It wasn't because my machine was already threaded with white and I was lazy.  That wasn't the reason at all.  I was just thinking of you.

9.  Somehow I missed taking a picture of cutting out the green center of the flower.  I cut my green with a fluted edge, which was a little tricky and requires good scissors.  You can also cut it in a circle, but in that case, I would choose a button with a fluted edge.  I was dying to try pinking scissors, but I don't own any.  So I just cut the fluted edge out carefully.  Sometimes you just need to make it do.  The finished green center was a 7/8 inch circle fluted.

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10.  Layer just the smaller top flower, with green center and button on top.  And stitch together going through all three layers.

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11.  Glue the bottom and top flowers together using hot glue.

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There's a front and back view, with a hair clip attached.  I like that this flower is flexible, I can easily pull out the hair clip and I can slip in a broach pin to wear on a sweater, hat or scarf.

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Here it is pinned on a sweater...

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Thanks to an idea a reader told me about on Craftzine, I also thought this would make a perfect topper for a gift.  That way the wrapping is actually like giving another gift.  (Using cheap yarn is much, much cheaper than ribbon!)

http://www.make-it-do.com/make-it/make-it-do-gift-felt-poinsettia/

by on Apr. 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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BUMP!

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