Sunday, February 7, 2010

Guest Blogger - Bird Crafts - Plush Flowers In Pots

Hi everyone, I am Bird from the Blog Bird Crafts. I live in France with my husband, my two little cherubs (most of the time..), my dog and my sewing machine. We used to live in the England, but moved here nearly ten years ago to start a brand new life à la française! Since discovering the wonderful world of crafts, I am totally hooked and can honestly say that “I’d rather craft than bathe?!” (lol)

I started blogging last November and I’m loving that too! I love to chat and to write (as you’ll find from this post) but I also enjoy making new friends. So feel free to leave me looooads of comments!! :)

At Bird Crafts, I blog about sewing, DIY, home décor, party ideas, thrifty finds, tutorials and recipes - If it’s handmade, chances are I’ll post about it! So after reading this, don’t forget to pop over and have a snoop around!!

Here is a sneak peek at some of my stuff…

By Bird Crafts

Now to the reason I’m here: TUTORIAL TIME.

Today my friends, I am going to show you how to make these super cute

Flower Pots

They are very simple to make and so versatile. Think gift ideas, decorative items for your home, or a party table centre-piece!! If you make this or use it in a craft project, please don’t forget to link back to Bird Crafts!

At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find out how to enter a fabulous GIVEAWAY or you can visit my etsy shop, so keep reading…

What you’ll need:

  1. Patterned fabric for the flower petals. I’m using yellow gingham.

  2. White fabric for the flower centre.

  3. A small clay pot

  4. A 23 cm piece of dowel rod or bamboo

  5. Florist tape

  6. Fabric pen or pencil

  7. Needle and thread

  8. Scissors

  9. Floral sponge (oasis)

  10. Natural moss

  11. Synthetic or bamboo fibre

  12. Glue gun

How to do it:

A. The Flower Head

Using a saucer or round lid as a guide, draw and cut 5 circles from your patterned fabric. I used a 10cm diameter lid.

Draw and cut 2 more circles from the white fabric. Now you have 7 circles!

Do a running stitch around the edge of each circle as shown below

When you’ve gone all the way around, pull the thread slightly to get a small “pouch” and fill with the fibre.

Finish pulling the pouch closed and secure with a couple of stitches.

Repeat for all the other 6 circles.

Now to assemble the flower head. Starting with the petals (patterned fabric), stitch them side by side until you have all the 5 petal joined up.

Using your glue gun, now glue the flower centres (white balls) in the gaps to get the flower head you see above.

B. The Flower Stalk and Pot

Cover you rod or bamboo stick with the florist tape.

Stick your floral oasis into your clay pot and using the glue gun, glue the stalk in the centre.

Using the glue gun again (I just want to kiss the person who invented this!!) glue some moss to hide the floral oasis.

Finally, carefully pull apart a couple of petals on the flower head, apply some hot glue and secure it to the stalk.

Embellish the vase to your liking. I used ribbon and a fabric-covered button to match.

And there you have it, a cute little Flower Pot that would brighten up any window sill!!

If you don’t fancy making these yourself, I am selling them in my Etsy shop :) I also sell plush tulips.
GIVEAWAY – Just to let you know that Bird Crafts is going to celebrate its 3rd month on Valentine’s Day!! Because of this double celebration, I am having my first give-away. Yipee!!

For your chance to win a fabulous prize from Le Creuset range of cookware, just click GIVEAWAY to find out how! Don’t miss it!! :)

Thanks again Michelle,

Wow! Thanks, Bird. Are those Plush Flowers in Pots cute or what? I could see a few of them in different colors throughout my house - especially in my daughter's room. Bird Crafts is an amazing blog (and she speaks three languages). Don't you love the collage of some of what you can find on her blog? EYE CANDY!!! I love her etsy store too! Go visit Bird Crafts today and become a follower if you like what she creates!

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  1. These couldn't be more adorable....thanks so much for the your colors too...have a great week....

  2. These are adorable and thank you for sharing.

  3. oh I have been dying to know how you did these.. Thank you so much for sharing..

  4. I loved the tutorial, everything is so well explained!!!!! The flowers are great!!!! Actually, everything you do looks gorgeous!!!!

  5. Thank you so much for a great tutorial.

  6. These are looking really cute.. I am looking forward to my daughter making these.


  7. For Pete's Sake!!! I love these and cannot wait to try these for my girl's room! Thank you for sharing this!! Oh Happy Day!

  8. That is SO adorable I can't even stand it and easy too! Thanks so much for sharing!!


  9. These are adorable! So cute! :)

  10. Holy moly those are adorable! Thanks for sharing, will definately be making and linking soon!

  11. These are fabulous!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  12. Ohhh,thank you,thank you,thank you for the tutorial I had asked and hoped for. I think these little flowers and your tulips are the cutest things I've ever seen. They're just so pretty and very talented you are.

  13. All I have to say is WOW!!! Those are super cute and what a great idea.

  14. Adorable! I'm going to have to add these to my spring craft list!

  15. I love Bird and her flowers she's the best!

  16. it can even use for teaching my daughter, for more heart-connectivity with her from teaching her this!

  17. Those are just so cute. I love the little coordinating button down with the bow on the pot! You are a crafty lady.

  18. So adorable!! Thanks for linking up @Creative Itch!!

  19. I have admired these in her blog header for some time. It was so nice of her to share. I've posted a link.

  20. These make me so HAPPY! They are just too dang cute. Oh, I just love your blog! Thanks for all the fun ideas.

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  21. Michelle, those are just so darling! Thanks for the fun feature!


  22. wow, this is lovely! I will try it myself. Thankf for the great tutorial, it would make a great mother's day gift :)

  23. Thank you. This is so cute! I was looking for something for Spring since we have so much snow here in Maryland. This was a perfect craft.

  24. These are cute and a great tutorial. i need flowers that never die as mine won't be blooming for quite awhile yet. Thanks for linking up!

  25. Very very sweet! I wish someone would invent something less messy than that mossy stuff it always seems to travel all over my house!

  26. So sweet and adorable. I really admire anyone who can create such delight.

    As for me... threading a needle is a CHALLENGE.

    Stop by some time would love to say hi!


  27. Cute, cute, cute... going to make a few myself!

  28. Sweet...but thing is, if you have them in your shop....why do you share the craft secret?

    My Show n Tell "Is HERE".

    Happy Valentine's Day Weekend!

  29. THose are super duper cute!!~ They look like fun to make, thanks for the tutorial!~ Perfect for Spring too...Happy V day!~

  30. So cute! Really great instructions - you make it look so easy! Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  31. Too doggone cute! Great tutorial.

    ~ Tracy

  32. Dommage il y a pas mal de personnes ici qui ne parlent pas l'Anglais. votre blog est super!!!

  33. nice work. Those flowers are so cute

  34. These flowers are so cute ! a little of spring in a snowy day.
    Thanks for your blog...

  35. CUTE!! I need to make this. Love how it looks cartoony~! =-D Thanks for the awesome tut!

  36. Those flower pots are just so cute! I love that. So happy and Spring-y!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party!!!


  37. Oh, so cute! These would make great pin cushions for Spring!

    Thank you so much for stopping by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and adding this to the page! Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow to see which links from last week are featured, and to add your new links!

  38. C'est magnifique. Merci pour le tuto. Je pense avoir compris l'essentiel de l'explication.

  39. Avec l'arrivée du printemps tes petites fleurs font envie. Je pense avoir tout compris, enfin j'espère...

  40. Hi
    I commend them for their ideas. So inspirational and entertaining at the same time.

  41. I love the flowers is super cute

  42. Too cute! Those are going on my teacher gift list!

  43. tus flores estan bien lindas. gracias por compartir.

  44. Lovely, lovely. I'm looking for the best fabric flower all over the place. Here I find it!! I'm going to do tonight!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  45. Wow, the flower post is so cute, I can't wait to make one for myself, so glad to have found the tutorials here. This is definitely a fun project specially with your kids around.

  46. What a gorgeous project, I'm loving the flower:)

  47. As a widower on a fixed income, with limited funds, I am equally pleased that you are kind enough to share such a beautiful creation. Not only does this adorable potted blossom require little or no material to make, but it's a very attrative gift to give as well.

    Thank you so very much!

  48. wishing I had a windowsill in my laundry room. I used a pink checkerboard fabric and a yellow dot in my curtains and they would make such adorable flowers to put in the laundry room to cheer it up some more!

  49. Excellent photos, highlights much details of each.

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