Sunday, August 29, 2010

Guest Blogger - Cluck, Cluck, Sew - Scrappy Flower Pillow/Brooch

Hi I’m Allison from over at Cluck. Cluck. Sew.

I’m so excited to be posting here today! I love to sew!!! I especially love to sew quilts and I have tutorial for some of them on my blog.

Here is The Double Hourglass Quilt the EASY Way.

Or maybe you would like to make a Scrap Buster Fall Pillow.

If you like skirts, you will love this Drawstring Jersey Skirt !

I hope you come by to visit me at Cluck, Cluck, Sew.

Today, we are going to make this cute flower that is easy to make and uses up any leftover binding strips or jelly roll scraps (for all you sewers out there!). Mine is attached to my bag as you can see, and it looks so cute that I almost forget my bag is full of diapers and crumbled goldfish crackers. Now on the tutorial…


First you’ll need:

- 2.5” wide scraps of fabric in whatever colors your heart desires cut to various lengths. Mine were 3" long to 14" long. For fabric I used my leftover binding strips. My strips added up in length to about 2 yards, which made me a 5" flower. Add or take away strips or cut them shorter if you want a bigger or smaller flower. Shorter strips and more of them will make a more colorful flower.

- A sewing machine and a needle and thread.

-A piece of felt or other strong fabric, a hot glue gun, and a broach bracket.


Here are my various 2.5" wide strips. Put them in order from the color you want in the center of the flower, to the outside of the flower. Now sew them all together end to end, and press seams open.


Now folding your strip in half as you go, serge OR sew a zig zag stitch down the raw edges. Do the same on the ends.


With your sewing machine….increase the stitch length as high as it will go (a 4 on my machine) and increase the thread tension as high as it will go. Now sew down your strip again right along your sewn/serged edge. The strip should gather as you go. If it is gathering TOO much, lower the stitch length (see picture below for how much mine gathered)

**** I tried this gathering method on a computerized machine first and it would NOT work. When I switched to the older, manual machine it worked like a charm. So if this method isn’t working on your machine…you can either gather it by hand by folding and scrunching the sewn edge as you sew over it, or use a gathering foot. Because the strip is so long it won’t work to sew down it with a large stitch length and pull the bottom thread.

This is what it should look like after its sewn:

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Starting with the end you want as the center of the flower, fold the raw edge down and make the center of the flower by folding the strip around it. Sew in place either by hand or machine with a few stitches.


Continue to wrap the sewn/serged edges around the center, securing the edges to the center with your needle and thread. I put the needle and thread all the way through the center for the first few layers.


As you continue adding the layers the center will have a tendency to stick out, but try to keep the sewn edges lined up and flat. Also as you add more and more layers, you can secure the layers to the previous layers with a stitch every half inch or so. If you secure the layers loosely to the previous layer, you’ll get a better result.


This takes a little bit of practice, but I’m also quite possibly the worst hand sewer ever, so chances are you’ll do it perfectly the first time.

When you get to the end, or the flower is as big as you want it, cut off the end and tuck the end to the back. Secure it with a stitch and knot your thread off.


Make sure your flower is just right and poke the center down a little if its sticking up too much to make the back flat.

Cut a circle out of your felt, just big enough to cover all of the sewn / serged edges.


With your hot glue gun, cover the backside of your flower with glue, then press the felt onto the back.

Then hot glue your broach bracket to the felt. (think I used enough hot glue??? I’m paranoid)


And there you have it, your cute scrappy flower you can attach to just about anything.


To make the cute pillow below, make an extra long strip (about 7 ft. long…you can cut the length off if its too long) and sew it onto the pillow, pleating it as you go instead of gathering the strip on your machine.


You can find more sewing, quilting and home projects over at my blog, Cluck. Cluck. Sew. Thanks Michelle for letting me visit your blog today! -Allison

Allison, Thanks for that tutorial. I love the pillow!!!! Cluck, Cluck, Sew is a great blog for those who love to sew and quilt. Beautiful pictures. Detailed tutorials. Amazing projects. I highly recommend this blog. Visit Cluck, Cluck, Sew and become a follower!

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  1. Great directions!! Love this flower and I hope to try this

  2. Such a cute idea! I make my flowers just like this, but never with several fabrics sewn together. l love it!

  3. Super cute ...Makes me want to craft !!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look so easy!

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  5. Allison's blog (Cluck Cluck Sew) is one of my favorites!

  6. The brooch is really sweet, but I LOVE the cushion cover. I feel I should occasionally sit with the family rather than * just* sew in the sewing cave, so hand sewing projects are always needed!

  7. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial....Nicely done! I love the brooch and cushion cover! Truly works of art. I think multiples of that brooch would look good on lamp shades! Karen

  8. I am LOVING this pillow! I love Cluck Cluck Sew! One of my favorite sewing blogs ever!!!

  9. I love the pillow!! And the directions *almost* make me think I could make those flowers. I envy all the sewers out there! :)

  10. I adore the pillow!
    I really like the pin alot too!
    I wonder if my machine will do that.
    Its got the little digital window and all but, its an older model.
    hmm...I will have to go check it out!

  11. So cute!! I love all the fabrics you used and that pillow is awesome!

  12. I'm definitely gonna have to try to make those flowers! And I love that fall pillow too. Thanks for the inspiration, as usual! :o) ~Billie Monster

  13. So Cute, Allison! And I've been meaning to make the Fall tree pillow for about a year now.... I guess its time to get on it since summers about over.

  14. That circular ruffle pillow is beautiful. I must make one. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. That's so pretty! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing.


  16. That pillow is amazing!!! Love the tutorial, what a great job!

  17. What a lovely craft and a fun guest blog spot! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday!

  18. Great work, love the cushion most, very different and creative work... And I am sure easy to work on too..

    You can check me here for some cushions huhhh

  19. Wow, that is some outstanding outcome. And the tutorial was fabulous! So many possibilities with this design.


  20. Love This, Love This! The flower looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. I will be linkng to this fabulous flower.

  21. Luv luv luv it..
    Have a great week,
    Lots of giveaways :)

  22. Love that brooch, it's big and beautiful!

  23. I love the scrappy pillow flower.

  24. Great flower can't wait to make it!

  25. Thanks for the instructions. I was taught to gather by hand, which is such a huge pain that I always avoid it. I am eager to try this method. Also, I LOVE the double hourglass quilt. Very nice.

  26. Was just online shopping for a ruffler foot today! Totally tried this and it WORKED! Holy ruffles! I'm gonna add them everywhere! Thanks for this awesome tip! Love, LOVE the pin and the pillow!

  27. Ditto all the above! I became a follower so I could see what you come up with next. (Came from oneprettything, if that helps you out.) That flower would be wonderful as part of the Granddaughters' Christmas gift. Grammy has fabric - not much money.
    <3 terri


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