Calico Flower


If you're not into flowers, I'm sure it seems like we've really been belaboring this whole "Rolled Flower" thing. We had our Rolled Calico Flower and our Rolled Felt Flower and now... our Calico Flower. We created this last tutorial because of a request made by Sally.

My daughter and her fiance are getting married this fall. This is the 2nd marriage for both of them although they are both in their 20s. She did not have a wedding her first go around, but he did. They've themed their wedding "Second time around". Everything has to be used. The bridesmaids are to have casual dresses and need to shop at 2nd hand shops. Even my daughter is insisting on a used dress and very casual. She doesn't want flowers but agreed to a, you guessed it, used bouquet. I've been looking around for a bouquet, but can't find anything that I can see my little girl carrying. Do you think if I could convince her to let me make some calico flowers, there would be a way to stick them on stems? Sorry this post is so long, but I really do want to make the day extra special for her.

Actually, I think this is an incredible idea. My response... of course we can stick them on a stem, and threw out this idea. In keeping with the whole "2nd time around" theme, why not get a used article of clothing from all the important people in the wedding, and craft the flowers from salvaged material. Her daughter loved the idea. I'm hoping we will eventually get to see the completed bouquet! So, here is the last variation of the Rolled Flower... I promise. I'm thinking of making a whole fall bouquet out of them. The patter for the Calico Flower can be found HERE or in our FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy!

Rolled Felt Flower

The other day I shared pictures of two Rolled Flowers. First, the Rolled Calico Flower, then the Rolled Felt Flower. Although they are both put together in the same general way, there are a few differences to account for the different fabrics used. Although I like them both very much, I must admit I adore the Rolled Felt Flower the most, which should come as no surprise to any of our readers! So, here are the directions for The Rolled Felt Flower. Enjoy!

Rip and Tear Napkins

I love cloth napkins. I could never bring myself to use paper. First, they don't work very well, and second, waste paper? I think not! Over the years I've bought and made many different kinds of napkins. Recently, however, I've started making what I refer to as "rip and tear" napkins. Simply find a high quality 100% woven cotton fabric you love, measure, and tear!

Yesterday I was at our local craft store. I had a list and I wasn't going to deviate from it. (You can imagine how well THAT worked!) Anyway, I stumbled upon this absolutely adorable piece of fabric, aptly named "trick or treat" by Alexander Henry. (One of my "favoritest" of favorite fabric designers!)

Well, let it be known, I am not a pillar! I immediately snatched up the bolt and got a 3 1/8 yard piece lopped off. I knew that this piece of fabric was going to be our new Halloween napkins! The embarrassingly easy Rip and Tear Napkin directions can be found HERE or in the FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy!  

Rolled Flowers

It always amazes me how very different the same design can look in different colors or using different materials. We are going to share 2 different flowers, both using the same pattern, but because of the differences in materials, one out of cotton calico and on out of wool felt, different techniques are used for assembling them.

The first flower we are sharing is the Rolled Calico Flower. This is a simple flower to throw together, (really, truly, it is!) and can be used for all sorts of embellishments. Sew it directly on a garment, at the waistband or collar. Add a bar pin and you have a brooch. Sew it onto a barrette for a totally lovely look. I'm sure you can come up with many different uses for them. And because this one is made out of cotton fabric, it can be washed, so even your work-a-day clothes can don a bit of bling!

Directions for the Rolled Calico Flower can be found HERE or in our FREE Open Patterns. We will be adding the directions for the Rolled Felt Flower in a couple of days. If you have some ideas of ways to use the rolled flowers, please share! In the meantime... enjoy! 

New Wee Folk Art Buttons...

For all of you sweethearts out there that link to our site, first off, we say thanks! In Blogdom, word of mouth is the "bestest" way for us to share our FREE Patterns with so many. Next, Michelle has just created two new buttons if you would like to include our button link on your site. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! They totally have the feel of our blog's new layout, and I'm excited that we can now share them with you. The "old" buttons are still available if you prefer them, but we now have two "official" Wee Folk Art buttons showcasing our gnome and the the mushroom. Hope you love the new buttons as much as I do. (Aren't they adorable?)

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