By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
Once upon a time I wore jewelry. Long, beady necklaces, dangly earrings, funky retro brooches. Then I had kids. Kids who wanted to be carried all the time and who loved to pull on earring (yowser!) strangle me with my necklace (gasp) or jab themselves with my brooch (Band-Aids anyone?) So these days I stick to bracelets and flower pins. Because, really, it’s hard to poke anyone’s eye out with a corduroy flower.
And flower pins are easy to make. Which means that if I get bored of the one I’m currently sporting, or, say, someone small decides to repurpose it into a dollhouse decoration, another one is just a few snips away.
The newest addition to my flower pin collection accomplishes two things, both of which needed to happen in my house. First, it finally puts to good use one of the (many) wool sweaters that I have accidentally washed in hot water but can’t bring myself to throw away. And second, being made of wool, make a nice, wintry compliment to my wardrobe, just in time for the cool weather to hit.
If you don’t have a felted sweater handy (lucky you!) grab one at your favorite thrift shop next time you are passing. The size, shape and really condition don’t matter as long as you like the color. Bring it home and wash it on the hottest setting your machine has a few times until you can’t see the individual stitches anymore. Once it’s dry, your ready to start.
First, cut out a cardstock circle roughly the size you want the finished flower to be. Sketch petals inside the circle until you have a pattern that you like and carefully cut them out. Using the paper flower as a guide cut three (or more!) layers from your sweater.
If the sweater has a pattern, make sure you take that into consideration. The sweater I used had stripes that gradually darkened so I chose to cut the flowers out along the gradient so I would have different hued layers.
Because of the nature of the felted wool, the fabric won’t fray so you can cut very fine petals without the need for hemming. It also means that, other than a few stitches to tie the whole thing together, this is a no-sew project, always great in my book.
Stack the layers, adjusting their position to your preference and tack them together at the center with a few stitches. You can also put a few stitches into the backs of the top layer of petals to give the flower some extra dimension. Add a button on the top and a pin on the back and your set for winter.