February 15, 2011

Petal Pusher Tutorial

I'm in love with all the different versions of pin on flowers I'm seeing around the internets.  They just add a little something to an outfit.  This is one of my favorites and they're calling them petal pushers.  I wasn't exactly sure how they were made and failed to find a good tutorial on the version I like best.  
So, here's my way!  And it involves NO SEWING!!

You'll need:
1/4 yard of knit material (the thicker the knit the fuller the flower...you'll see)
3/4 inch covered button
felt
pin
hot glue gun
scissors
something circle shaped that's about 4 inches in diameter

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Use your circle shaped object to cut out 18 circles that measure about 4 inches across.  You can cut out as many circles as your scissors will handle.  I think I did 4 at a time.
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Take one circle and fold it in half
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Then fold it again
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Now put some glue on the inside corner
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And place it on your felt circle.  Felt circle should measure about 3 inches across.  An inch or more smaller than your knit circles you just cut.
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Now, do 3 more and you have one layer of petals done.
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Next, you do another layer of petals.  This time center the petals between two others.
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Here's 2 layers of petals
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Now, do a third layer.  Here's 3 layers of petals.
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You should have 6 knit circles left.  The final layer of petals will be made with 6 circles.
Fold a circle in half like you've been doing.
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This time don't fold it in half, but instead like 2/3 of the way over.
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Then close it to make this smaller petal.
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Turn the petal over so the flap is secure and glue down 6 petals.
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Next, take your covered button and glue it in the center.  
(If you don't know how to make a covered button go to your fabric store's notions section and buy a package of covered buttons that includes the tool to cover them.  It's SO easy and the directions are on the package.  All you need is a scrap of material.)
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Turn your flower over and glue down any of the felt edges that might not be secure.
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Take your pin and put a little glue on the bottom
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Place it toward the top of your felt circle.  
If you put it in the center it will flop around when you pin it on.
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Take a scrap of felt and glue it over the pin.  This will make sure it's not going anywhere.
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Ta-da!
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Here's another version just to show you.  This was made with thinner knit as you can tell.  I also did two sizes of circles.
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4 comments:

Nicole said...

These are SO pretty I love them!

Kristine said...

You did a wonderful job! Love the look of them! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

very cool! May have to try these too.

Robyn THE Mama Lion said...

Gorgeous! I think I could make them ;) I just need to get fabric, and pins, and buttons and a trip to Hobby Lobby :) haha