Potted Country Flowers Tutorial
A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt
A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt
Potted Country Flowers
Read through all directions before beginning.
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This pattern includes:
Easy to follow directions
Pictures for referral and clarification
List of Crafting Tips
The method of painting in this pattern is great. It’s wonderful for antiquing or making objects look vintage and can be used even on material. However, it is very SLOPPY. Of course, I am a sloppy painter anyway, but with this method you are dragging your brush through water, paint and an antiquing medium. I ALWAYS wear old clothing when I used this painting method.
Terra cotta pot - 4 inches wide across top
Terra cotta saucer—4-1/4 inches wide across top
Paint for the terra cotta pot to match fabric
Varnish - spray or brush
Scraps of material—white, muslin, solid blue to match the 4 different prints of blue.
Vintage looking buttons
Thread to match fabrics
Upholstery thread to match buttons
Embroidery floss—dark and light blue, yellow and brown
Cardboard 3” in width
Scent for staining mixture (I prefer Cinnamon combined with Baked Apple fragrance oils)
Wooden floral stakes - green
Green - floral stem wrapping tape
Sticker remover—for removing residue left from a price tag sticker (found in the laundry department at stores, will say—can remove stickers)
Disappearing ink/Mark-B-Gone dual fabric marking pen
Glue gun and glue
Sandwich baggie (to place paint brush in, in-between coats of paint)
Hanger (for hanging the tag on to dry)
Please read through instructions before beginning and remember that no two will be alike meaning yours will not look exactly like mine which is a good thing. Every craft item should take on its own personality and be unique.
Keep these instructions and pictures close by while creating your craft for comparison and placement.
Preparing Terra Cotta Pot -
1. 1. Remove price sticker and any residue.
2. 2. Wash and dry terra cotta pot and saucer.
To begin painting the flower pot you will need to have on hand -
A. Cup of water
C. Antiquing medium
D. Paint brush
E. Sandwich baggie
3. Dip your brush into the water, then into the paint, and then into the antiquing medium. This mixture will give your flower pot and saucer an antique and vintage look. If you prefer more of a solid color, apply several strokes of only paint, if you prefer more of a vintage and brownish look; go heavier on the antiquing medium. In-between coats, while allowing your pot and saucer to dry, stick your paintbrush in a baggie. This prevents the paint on your brush from drying up.
4. Paint pot and saucer with 2 to 3 coats of paint letting dry in-between coats, remember to paint inside of lip.
5. After completely dry, sand paper all around pot and saucer to make it look old.
6. After you have sandpapered to your satisfaction, wipe down flower pot and saucer until free of any sandpaper particles or dust.
7. Apply 1 to 2 coats of varnish. I prefer the spray kind as this eliminates any brush marks. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If using a spray varnish, make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area as some fumes can be toxic. I usually spray my varnish finishing spray in my garage with the door open. I use a box turned on it’s side and put my saucer and flower pot on an old larger terra cotta saucer to prevent my flower pot and saucer from sticking to the cardboard box. Let dry overnight.
Getting Flowers Ready - Cut out the flower patterns
1. Using the two flower patterns and with your scraps of material wrong sides together, cut out
your flowers. I prefer a total of 7 flowers, but it’s whatever you prefer.
2. With right sides together and using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew around flower leaving a small
opening at the end of one petal for stuffing. (Note—the opening needs to be at the end of one of thepetals, not in-between the petals).
3. Turn. Use the end of a paintbrush handle to help turn the petals.
5. Use the end of a paintbrush again to help guide stuffing into the petals. Do not sew the opening closed yet, leave open.
6. Stuff fairly full.
7. With your 3-inch piece of cardboard, wrap the jute around 8 times. Side the jute off the cardboard and tie the center with another piece of jute.
8. Finding the center of the stuffed flower, and with thread that matches your buttons, sew the center of the jute (where tied in the center) to the flower. Pull tight to create an indentation, like a button in the middle of a cushion. Use a pair of pliers if having difficulty pulling your needle completely through.
9. Make sure the thread, in the back of the flower is in the same place, center. Do not cut the thread. Note – Don’t worry if your button is not RIGHT in the middle. Part of the charm of country crafts are their imperfections.
10. Next, with the thread that is still there, sew your button to the front of the jute, making sure it is center on the flower as well as the jute. Once again, make sure the thread in the back of the button is in the same place as when you sewed the jute on, center of the flower.
11. With your fingers, spread the the petals of the jute apart and spread all the way around the button.
12. Cut green wooden floral stakes – one – 8 inches, two 7 inches tall, two 6 ½ inches, and two at 5 inches.
13. Apply hot glue to the cut end of the floral stake and about ¾ to 1 inch down the sides (the length of the material of your petal). Push your floral stake into the opening as far as it will go. While holding it in place, pull the edges of the material down, front and back, and hold in place for a few seconds, for hot glue to set.
14. Turn flower. Apply glue to the back of the petal with the opening and pull the the flaps on both sides towards the back, towards the glue and glue down.
15. Starting about 1 inch down from flower, apply a drop of glue to the tape and then wrap stake with green floral stem wrapping tape all the way up to the flower and including a little bottom portion of the flower petal, then wrap back down to beginning. Tear the floral stem wrapping tape, place a little glue and smooth down. The floral stem wrapping tape tears easily and sticks without glue.
Heart Stake - Outside Pattern
1. Cut out heart stake pattern. On double material with right sides together and using your disappearing marking pen, trace the heart stake pattern.
2. Sew on line completely around heart without leaving an opening.
3. On back of heart, pull out a little material (so you don’t cut through both layers) and make a small slit, enough for turning.
4. Turn and press.
5. Stuff heart, do not close opening.
6. Cut wooden floral stake to about 8 inches tall.
7. Put a little glue inside your small cut opening, on stuffing, and stick cut end of your wooden floral stake on top of glue.
8. Apply a small streak of glue down from the opening in back (where you have glued the end of your wooden floral stake) towards the point end of your heart and lay the wooden stake on top of this.
9. Glue or sew opening closed.
Heart Stake – Inside Pattern
1. On double muslin, cut 1 heart pattern.
2. Hand sew one stitch in middle of heart.
3. Using staining method, stain your heart, bake in 200 degrees oven for 10 minutes….***Watch very carefully to make sure your muslin does not catch on fire.
4. When baked and dry, take your fingernails and scratch along outside edges of muslin to create fraying.
5. With your blue embroidery thread, sew the inside stained heart to the stuffed heart.
6. Tear a small strip (1/4 inch wide) from one of your material scraps, and tie in a bow. Here’s a tip on tying a bow. Lay your strip of material (or ribbon), you’re making the bow out of, somewhat in a circle with the ends out to the sides.
7. Pull the center top of the circle down until it is equal with the bottom part of the circle.
8. Tie the center with another small strip of material.
9. Glue to center of heart. Glue a button on top.
Outside tag -
1. With wrong sides of muslin together, trace the outside tag with the disappearing marking. Leaving approximately 1/4 inch edge, cut around the outside edge of the outside tag.
2. Sew directly on the marked edges of the outside tag.
3. Cut approximately 1/4 inch away from sewn edge.
4. With needle and thread, insert a piece of thread (about 12 inches in length), at the bottom of the tag. Tie ends of thread together. This is for hanging the tag to dry.
5. With the same painting mixture used for the flower pot, paint the tag with one coat, front and back.
6. Hang to dry overnight. (To hang my painted tags, I bend up one end of a hanger and drape the thread that’s attached to my tags over this end.)
Inside tag -
1. With muslin double thick, cut out one inside tag.
2. With light box or at a window with sun exposure take the Mark-B-Gone marking pen and trace flower tag pattern onto muslin.
3. Embroidery with back stitch through both
thickness of muslin around outside edge of flower tag pattern with your dark blue embroidery thread. Continue to embroidery the inside edge of the tag with light blue and the flower with yellow.
4. Color the flower yellow with your colored pencil.
5. Place tag on a piece of wax paper and place on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.
Set oven to 200.
6. Spray inside tag with staining mixture until soaked. (Make sure when you spray on this mixture that it erases the Mark-B-Gone pen tracing marks.) Set timer for 10 minutes—ALWAYS WATCH VERY CAREFULLY TO MAKE SURE YOUR MATERIAL DOES NOT CATCH ON FIRE.*****
7. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure it does not catch on fire. (I’ve never had this happen, but have been told that it is a possibility.)
8. Take out of oven. It may or may not be dry at this point. If not, I usually put a fan on it to facilitate the drying process.
Once completely dry.
9. Hand sew the inside tag onto one end of the outside tag, matching up edges, with your matching blue embroidery thread. Sew on one of your vintage buttons for center of flower.
10. At the fold, fold your tag and, with the same blue embroidery thread, hand sew on top of the line of your previous sewing.
11. Tear a narrow piece of material for your tags hanger (your choice which blue material to use) 18 inches in length. Lie your tag open, face down, and lie you’re your hanger over the fold area.
12. Glue your tag closed.
Putting it all together
1. Glue saucer to bottom of flower pot.
2. Place floral foam into flower pot, and gluing pieces of the floral foam together, slowly fill your pot with the foam.
3. Place glue on top of floral foam and place Spanish moss on top of glue and continuing gluing the Spanish moss, filling in the empty spots. Trim.
4. Insert flowers—place one of the taller ones in the center and work out from there placing the shorter flowers around the edges. Insert your Heart Stake.
Attach tag to one of the flowers.
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