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Flowering Branches with Fabric Quince Blossoms

A bunch of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric flowers makes a striking alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. Here, we adorned branches with fabric flowers resembling a spray of quince blossoms.

Introduction

Use branches from your own yard, or purchase them from a nursery or florist.

To decorate favors, wrap each small box with layered ribbons or a strip of fabric, and glue a single fabric blossom on top.

Materials

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 1/2-inch lightweight cotton fabric or grosgrain ribbon
  • Liquid seam sealant
  • Artificial stamens, at crafts stores
  • Tacky glue
  • Tree branches
  • 1/2-inch-wide seam binding
  • Floral wire and floral tape, available at crafts stores

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    For fabric flowers, tear the cotton into 1-inch strips and cut them 8 inches long. For ribbon flowers, cut ribbon 4 inches long. Using thread in a matching color (knot the end), sew a running stitch lengthwise along one edge of the strip or ribbon, leaving the needle in the fabric until you've stitched the entire length.

  2. Step 2

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    Slide the fabric or ribbon along the thread, drawstring style, to gather; pull taut.

  3. Step 3

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    Keeping the thread taut, bring the ends of the fabric or ribbon together, right sides facing, and sew; backstitch a couple times to secure. Snip off any excess fabric or ribbon, and apply seam sealant to the cut edges to prevent unraveling. Fold a few artificial stamens in half, then insert them into the center of the flower so the stam.

  4. Step 4

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    To wrap branches, tie a piece of seam binding to the bottom of each branch. Pulling slightly to keep binding tight, wrap it around the branch, overlapping by about a third (see photo). When you reach the end of the branch, tie a knot, and trim any excess to create a "leaf." If you run out of seam binding midbranch, tie the end to the branch and trim; then tie on a new ribbon, and continue wrapping (secure all knots with a dab of tacky glue beneath them). Glue flowers to branch.