Materials needed (for one flower about 3.5″ across):
• 1/8 of a yard of Satin or Dupioni silk in the color of your choice (amount of material needed will depend on the desired finished size of the flower)
• Embroidery thread in complementing color
• Velvet millinery leaves (optional)
• Pin back or alligator clip
Step One:Cut out the petals. Start with 2 in the desired finished size (here, about 3.5”) and gradually decrease the diameter, until you have between 7-10 petals of different sizes. If desired, you could also use fabrics in contrasting colors for a multi-colored blossom.
Step Two:Gently singe the edges of the petals with a lighter. This creates a slight raised, uneven edge to the petals that give the pin a distinctive look.
Step Three:Tie the French Knots. Stack 2-3 of the smallest singed petals and using the embroidery thread, stitch a cluster of French knots in the center.
Step Four:Attach the top petals (with the French knots) to the rest of the stack of petals.
Step Five:Stich on the pin back or alligator clip. Wrap (or sew) the velvet millinery leaves on the clip. And that’s it. Your pretty flower pin is ready to wear. 🙂