Hi everyone! I'm Jackie of Jacabean Designs, and I'm so excited to be a guest here today :) A little about me... I'm a full-time graphic designer. I love to read, scrap, craft, bake, and have a serious addiction to sweets... especially chocolate! I'm married to a wonderful guy who puts up with my crafting messes, and even gives me a craft challenge from time to time. My favorite color is yellow.
Today, I'll be sharing a felt flower tutorial with you! For Christmas, I decided to make a bunch of flower pins for all the women/girls in my family. I scoured the internet, and found a bunch of fabulous tutorials... you can find my list of those HERE. I wanted a large variety, and started experimenting with my Sizzix Flower Layers #4 die, which I got Black Friday, and had yet to really use. These little beauties are something I made up as I went. I'll share how I did it, complete with pictures... after I make you look at the flowers of course :)
That last one with the lace is the one I wore in my hair on Christmas Eve. It happened to match my shirt perfectly!
To make these, start with your flower shape. Mine happens to be a four petal flower from my Sizzix Originals Flower Layers #4 die, but if you don't have this die, no worries! Any flower shape will do. Any if you cut them yourself, and the petals get a little wonky? I bet that would add even more dimension and fun to your flower. Ok, so we start with the flower shape:
Add a drop of hot glue (or your glue of choice) toward the bottom of the petal.
Pinch and hold until glue cools/sets.
Do this for all 4 petals (or however many petals you have). When they are all set, gather the petals up so that you get a point in the center of the flower, on the bottom side (not the side you glued).
Snip the corner...
And now the flower will lay flat.
You can see that the back edges meet, instead of the extra fabric getting all clumped up in the middle. The little pleats just created help give the flower a little depth.
Now you're ready to stack! You can stack up these flowers in as many layers as you like. For the cream flower shown first: I stacked 2 layers that both used this technique, then added a button to the center.
For the brown flower: The top petal is actually glued between petals instead of in the middle of each petal, just for something different. That flower actually has 4 layers. The 2 middle layers us the technique I just showed, and the bottom later is just a flat flower.
For the last flower: This one is really the same as the first cream one, but I added some lace to the back to make it a little bigger, and I do love my lace :) Oh, and I created all my flowers with pin backs. To me, pins are most versatile, since you can stick them anywhere. You can even pin them to a stretchy headband, or to a clip to wear in your hair.
Now have fun, and get crazy! Add whatever you have on-hand, and see what you can create.
Thanks so much to Jackie from Jacabean Designs for guest posting here today. She has a fantastic blog, so pop over and say hello!
As she mentioned, Jackie loves to do digital scrapbooking and sells her own designs from an scrapbook store online called Brownie Scraps. I was so impressed by her really fantastic work. Here are a few of my favorites:
Pretty appropriate considering today’s tutorial, huh?
This is a huge kit, so not only is it adorable, it is a great value.
Now for the big news! Jackie has offered to give away a coupon code good for $10 worth of her product from Brownie Scraps! And believe me, at her prices, $10 gets you a LOT of great stuff!
You have up to 6 ways to enter:
1) Click over to Brownie Scraps and leave a comment on this post telling me which digital scrapbook pack you like best!
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Entries will be received through midnight February 1st. A winner will chosen using random.org and announced on February 2nd!