We're hosting another Japanese student this year! Sometime last week I was thinking about gifts to buy or make for our student, and I thought a bouquet of flowers would be nice. But I wanted to sew her something, so I decided to sew them instead of buy fresh ones.
I started with this little cute baby hung around while I gathered my supplies. When she went down for her nap, I kicked it into high gear.
Cut the canvas in strips that are 1'' in width. The length is however long you want your flowers to be. Fold the edges in twice, like this:
Sew it down!
For petals, I scrounged up cute fabric remains from other projects. Most of the petals are from leftover satin-like fabric from when I made shirts for my sisters for Christmas. Each petal is about two inches wide and three inches long. Sew a curve around the top like it was a finger puppet. Trim around the curve and flip it right side out. This picture shows the progression from top to bottom.
The flower center is sewn like an applique. The first one I sewed with a tissue paper circle on the BACK side of the flower, and the material on the front side. I sewed along my tissue paper circle, then ripped off the paper afterwards. The subsequent flowers, I just sewed a little circle without the tissue paper as a guide.
Trim the excess fabric
Voila! A flower! Repeat to make as many flowers as you want.
Roll the top of the stem into a little disk (see below).
Hot glue the disk onto the back of the flower. I also added a little dot of hot glue to the top of the stem to keep it flat agains the back of the flower.
To make your flowers stand stiffly, insert a bamboo skewer into the stem. Shimmy it to the top of the flower.
Repeat with each flower, and you've got a whole bouquet!