Project

Silk Poppies

Create these silk poppies for mom on Mother's Day -- or any time of the year -- with our easy-to-follow how-to.

Silk Poppies

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2011

Introduction

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

materials

  • Fabric scissors

  • Silk shantung fabric, one color for petals, another for flower centers (bandjfabrics.com)

  • Needle and thread

steps

  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.

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