Anyway I stumbled across these lovely flowers on there and fancied making my own version. I had a shirt sitting around which was just asking to be upcycled into these pretty things:
The most time consuming thing was cutting out the petals, the flowers themselves took no time at all.
The 'how to' bit
1) Using a template cut out 8 petals (or however many petals you wish to use, 5 also looks really lovely) from your chosen fabric...I used cotton but whatever you choose it's worth considering whether the material is likely to fray much.
2) Sew 2 running stitches through each petal until all are threaded.
3) Tie both ends of thread together and pull tight, securing with a knot. and, voila, one pretty cotton flower is formed.
For the observant people out there you'll have noticed the above picture has only one running stitch through each petal...and that, my friends, is because I forgot to photograph the first flower in progress! However, I did also make a flower with only one running stitch through each petal which turned out like this:
Now I just need to decide what to do with them...at the moment I'm thinking a strand of flowers on ribbon to adorn my staircase but I'll let you know what I decide!