Tentacular Dahlia Fabric Flowers
Giving fresh flowers for Mother’s Day is always nice -- but so is making fabric flowers that Mom can cherish.
The blossoms here attach to brooches or pins that she can wear as adornment now and keep as mementos for years to come. Crafts editor Silke Stoddard designed these dahlias so they can be made from nearly any kind of cloth -- and since you need so little to make them, they’re a great way to use up scraps. They’ll look just as pretty clipped to her clothing as pinned in her hair -- or simply placed on her bedside table.
Snip, Sew, Ready To Go
A variety of fabric weights -- lightweight organza, linen, various cottons, velvet -- will work, but the thickness will affect the drape of the petals and the fullness of the flower. You may want to adjust the length of the strips: Cut longer for sheer fabrics, shorter for heavier.