Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Spice Cake Fabric Flower Pins

I don't do too many projects with fabric, as I am no master seamstress, but I just absolutely fell in love with the Spice Cake fabric which will be offered in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog about to be released on September 1. The first thing I wanted to make with it was these cute fabric pins. I made three as gifts for special friends, and of course, I needed to keep one for myself! They are so much fun to make, and following are the directions.

The Stampin' Up! Spice Cake Fabric comes neatly packaged and folded. Each piece measures 27" x 18". Cut along the 18" side and cut a strip 18" by 6". Do this once with each piece of fabric, so you will have three strips.

Using the Fun Flowers Die, run the fabric through the Big Shot. If the fabric does not cut all the way through, you may need to make a shim out of a piece of card stock, which is what I had to do. The reason for this is that the fabric is much thinner than a piece of card stock. Run each piece of fabric through one time. You'll have enough left of each strip to make a second flower pin, if you like.

When you are finished you should have a total of nine flowers, one in each size in each color. Lay them all out on a piece of plain white computer paper. 

Now you are going to spray the flowers with spray starch. Don't use the light kind, use regular or heavy starch. Spray them until they are completely moistened with starch. I purchased my spray starch at the supermarket.

Take the paper with the flowers inside and crumple it up into a ball. Give it several good hard squeezes and scrunches. What you are doing is creating crinkles in the fabric that will give the flowers texture and volume. Open up the paper and unfold the flowers, without flattening them, and set them aside somewhere for several hours to dry completely.

When the flowers are completely dry, pre-assemble them the way you would like them stacked, starting with the largest three on the bottom and ending with the smallest three on top. When you are satisfied with your arrangement, use a hot glue gun to place a drop of hot glue on each layer, one at a time, until your stack of flowers is complete. I finished mine off by tying Early Espresso Bakers Twine on a button and hot gluing that to the top.

For the back, I attached a bar pin to the back of each flower using a needle and thread. You can find these at any craft or fabric store and they are very inexpensive. I tried using hot glue for this step also, but the pin kept coming off. So, just sew a few stitches through each hole in the bar pin in each direction, and your pin is complete! 

Here is the back of the finished pin. You could also attach your fabric flower to a headband or barrette or purse or any one of a number of other items. I have also seen these made with scraps of denim from old jeans, which looks great on a denim jacket. So many possibilities! I think I'll be making more of these.

Stampin' Up! Products used:
Spice Cake Designer Fabric (available Sept. 1), Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, Regals Buttons, Early Espresso Bakers Twine
Other supplies used: Hot glue gun and glue sticks, spray starch, 1" bar pins, needle and thread, white computer paper

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I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! 



Laura said...

Hi Sandy,
I am one lucky girl to have received your pin! Thank you so much for thinking of me and sharing your gorgeous creation. I just love it, and even more, your friendship.

Your tutorial is fantastic! I love the photos and how clearly you describe all the steps to make the pin. How generous of you to share! I bet we will be seeing these pins everywhere now!

nicole said...

how many of these would you get from one box of fabric?