I did a little looking online for some ideas and came across this tutorial that I used as my jumping off point.
The main idea that I gained from the tutorial was a cool trick to making the basic flower shape (you should check it out, because it makes the process of cutting the flowers a lot faster). From that point on though, I pretty much changed it to suit what I was imagining a flower pin to look like.
I cut 3 coordinating fabrics into small (about 2 1/2") flowers. I used about 15 flowers, where the original instructions said to use 6; I wanted mine to be really full. The sheer fabric was my favorite element.
Then, I layered the petals in a random yet organized fashion (whatever that means).
I speared the flowers with my scissors, creating a hole for a brad to be inserted. I enjoy inventing new ways to cut myself.
The brad creates a center for the flower, while joining each layer together.
I love brads.
My flower was looking a little too perfect at this point, so I put it into a sachet and tossed it into the washer and dryer. My hope was that it would come out wrinkled and frayed.
While I waited to see if my washer/dryer hypothesis would hold up, I cut a small circle from felt, and attached a pin. You should thank me for this shot; I took it with my lips. Yes, I pressed the button to take the picture with my lips. I amaze myself.
Guess what? The washing and drying had the desired effect, so I was able to proceed by gluing (with fabric glue) the felt to the flower.
After letting it sit for a few hours, my flower was ready to be worn!
Look how much it adds to this seersucker bag!
Another one takes this simple tank top beyond ordinary.
But guess what? These flowers won't be embellishing my bag, or dressing up my tank top, or even adding an extra something to my storage bin...
Instead, they will be shipped off to a few lucky winners who can use them to adorn their favorite things!
Over the next 3 days I will give each of these away to a random lucky commenter. To start off, I will be giving the hot pink with green flower away. My only request is that you leave a comment letting me know your 4th of July plans. I will choose the winner tomorrow evening, and will then open comments for the next flower to be won.