I took an
informal poll asking what type of
tutorial everyone would like to see and
these lace and burlap varieties won!
Because I'm "craft challenged," my rules
when making these were (1) little
precision required and (2) no hot glue!
I can do this, so with a little
practice, you can too.
The written steps, along with an infographic, are here. You can
on YouTube. As a side note, my cat Shadow co-stars in
this one. It was an adventure. Don't miss the out takes
starting at the end (click
here to skip straight to the kitty out takes).
The video and all the
photos are by my daughter, Amarette of Amarette Arnold
What You Need
- A square of burlap 3" or larger,
depending what size flower you want to make.
Scallop lace trim or fabric edge cut 1/4 the width
of your burlap and three times the length. (Example: a
6" square of burlap gets a 2" x 18" piece of lace.)
- Tape measure.
- Thread the same color as your lace.
- Clear-drying glue.
- Small jewels or other decoration for
Step 1: Prepare the Burlap
Starting far enough ahead of time for the glue to dry, cut
square and apply glue to two opposite edges. Leave a
glueless inch or so at each corner.
(Note: You can
find tons of different burlap here...by the bolt, roll, or yard.)
Step 2: Make the Bottom Layer
a. Begin making the bottom layer by folding the burlap
square into 1/4, with the glued edges long-ways.
- Fold in half, glued edges touching.
- Fan fold into 1/4.
b. Cut petals and secure
double-looped thread at center.
- The narrow ends of the folded burlap
will be the petals. Cut one end to be rounded or
pointed, whatever shape you'd like for the base layer.
- Fold in half and, using the first end
as a pattern for the second, cut the opposite end of
burlap into petals.
- While still folded (so you don't have
to measure), loop a doubled burlap strand around the
center and secure it with a knot. The knot should be on
the same side as your edges that have glue on them.
c. Fan out petals and sew edges
together to round out the layer.This step is why we put glue on the edges: it keeps the
edges from fraying when you sew them together.
- Working from the underside, sew together loose
edges, pinching together two glued edges and
threading the needle across, through the burlap.
These can be large stitches and they don't have to
be neat...no one will see the underside of your
Check the front to see where you
should stop sewing.
- Tie off the thread and repeat on the other side.
Step 3: Make the lace layer.
- Working along the non-scallop
edge of the lace, use the needle and
thread to gather it together. Weave
the needle in and out then pull
- From the underside, sew the raw
end edges together to make a
- Knot off and cut the thread.
Step 4: Sew the two layers together.
Using the needle and thread, attach the two layers together.
- Starting from the bottom, pull needle through the
center of both levels, then back down again.
- Do this two or three times, then knot off from
underneath. Pull as tightly as you like to get the look
Step 5: Add the center decoration.
The center decoration can be anything
you'd like, from a balled up strand of burlap, to a button,
or jewel(s). Simply sew or glue it to the center.
You are done! Congratulations!