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Project

Fabric-Punched Bouquet

Martha and Marcie McGoldrick, holiday editor for Martha Stewart Living, use simple craft punches to make fabric flowers for a beautiful springtime bouquet.

Introduction

Bring the beauty of flowers that never fade into your home with this surprisingly simple craft. Our trio of vintage-style keepsake bouquets includes pink violets, blue hydrangeas, and purple-and-gold pansies.

Materials

  • Lightweight fabrics (such as voile or Indian cotton)
  • Tray
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Liquid fabric stiffener, at crafts stores
  • Petal and leaf craft punches
  • Micro hole punch
  • Floral pips (small wires with colored tips used to make silk flowers), at crafts stores
  • Contact cement
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Green floral tape
  • Floral tape
  • Vase (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by punching fabric flowers: Lay a piece of fabric in a shallow tray. With a medium paintbrush, apply enough fabric stiffener to saturate, but not soak, the fabric. Let it dry, about 1 hour. Repeat with any remaining fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Using craft punches, punch out petals and leaves as close together on the fabric as possible.

  3. Step 3

    Using a micro hole punch, make a hole in the center of each bloom. Slip a pip through each hole, and secure it with a dab of contact cement.

  4. Step 4

    To make a stem, cut a length of floral wire, and wrap it around each pip with green floral tape.

  5. Step 5

    For leaves, glue floral wire to each one to create veins and stems. Wrap stems with floral tape.

  6. Step 6

    Gather blooms and leaves into a bouquet, and either tuck them in a vase or wrap the stems in more floral tape to join them.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009

Reviews (7)

  • WendyPedersen 15 Mar, 2011

    I love this craft idea! I cannot wait to try it! Thanks for posting!

  • MSLO_tiffany 16 Mar, 2010

    myan, we've now added this notation in the Tools and Materials list.

  • myan 9 May, 2009

    Why don't they explain what some of these items are....I hadn't a clue what "floral pips" were...I had to do a search...where I come from...or in my years of crafting...they are called "stamens"...why didn't they just say that or at least put it in ( )

  • ddemoney 9 May, 2009

    Yes, you can purchase fabric flowers at a store, but I think the idea is to spend time crafting - it's the process that people like, knowing they made something lovely themselves and spent their time creating.

  • NoSmallThing 9 May, 2009

    I love all of Martha's ideas. Most of them are for the crafter who has the time to create such beautiful things. I've tried a few projects and they have worked out well. One thing Martha's group does is document the project very well.

  • Ninichick 9 May, 2009

    This is way too much work for a few flowers even though they are lovely. Michaels sell gorgeous hydrangeas at a reasonable price when they are on sale.

  • oceanrocker 8 Apr, 2009

    You can find the "pips" at www.blumchen.com. They call them stamen on their fabulous website!