Don't worry about the poppies being perfect -- the raw-edged look mimics the real thing and is part of the flowers' appeal. The finished poppies can be attached to pins or barrettes.
See also: Block-Print Poppies
Tools and Materials
- Fabric scissors
- Silk shantung fabric, one color for petals, another for flower centers (from $22 per yd., bandjfabrics.com)
- Needle and thread
- Buttons (shell and fashion buttons, from $1 each; mjtrim.com)
- Brooch backing or barrette (gold brooch pins, $8.50 for 12; tohoshoji-ny.com)
1. Cut a rectangle of silk 8 to 12 inches long and 2 to 5 inches wide. Note that the grain of the fabric should run vertically along the width so the fabric's surface looks similar to that of real petals.
2. Using a needle and thread, sew a running stitch along 1 long side of the rectangle (1/4 inch from edge), and then pull thread to tighten the fabric into a bunch. Hand-stitch center, and knot it off.
3. Cut a smaller rectangle of silk 6 to 8 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide. This time, cut so the grain runs horizontally. Create a fringed edge by removing a few horizontal threads at the top of the rectangle.
4. Sew a running stitch along 1 long side of the rectangle (1/8 inch from edge). Pull thread to tighten fabric into a bunch. Hand-stitch center, and knot it off. You will have a small rosette.
5. Snip small curved triangular shapes from poppy to create defined petal shapes. (Alternatively, cut fringed petals.)
6. Place a button in the center of the rosette, and then place rosette in center of poppy. Sew button and rosette onto poppy, and knot it off.
7. Hand-stitch flower to brooch backing or barrette.