Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Flowers for Mom - A Tutorial

This is LONG overdue!  I'm home sick today, so I decided to spend a little time doing some blogging.
Recycled Sweater Flowers
Wool sweaters - felted
Various buttons
At some point I ended up with a very large box of medium floral wire.  It was perfect for this project!  You need on piece of wire for each flower.

You will need to start by felting your sweaters.  I am not going to go into that process because there are a ton of tutorials out there on the net already to felt.  Just do a Google search and you will find what you need.

I had recently bought an Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter.  I decided to give it a try, but it didn't work very well.  The sweaters were just to thick to cut easily or evenly.  In the end I just used scissors to cut the circles.

You will want to cut various sized circles and flower shapes using different colored sweaters.
Take a piece of wire (approximately 18-20 inches) an fold it in half. 

Feed a button onto the wire and bring it all the way to the end. 
Pick out 2 or 3 different flower pieces. 
Carefully slide the flower pieces onto the wire one at a time, bringing them all the way up to the button.  Be careful that you don't poke your finger with the wire.

Once your are satisfied with your layers twist the wires to prevent the pieces from sliding off. 
There you have it - a perfect gift for mom. 
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