Recently I visited someone special. I wanted to bring them something heartfelt; a simple token of my appreciation for their constant positivity towards me and towards all those in their life. Sometimes you meet people who seem so immediately willing to open their hearts to you, despite their personal struggles. I think we tend to get caught up in the details, and often times lose sight of the things that truly matter most to us. I’ve been making a conscious effort to shift my focus to the things that give my life meaning; positive relationships, and the happiness they bring.
So I decided to make something, of course. Personalized gifts are often the best kind, and I thought, what better way to communicate towards this person that they are special than to spend my time creating something for them? Here at the Telio office, there is no shortage of inspiration. Beautiful fabrics, patterns, and colors surround our work environment. This inspired me to re-create some natural beauty. I decided to give this special person flowers; flowers that only they would ever have. Best part about them? They’re eternal.
- Different fabrics (I used a 10” by 10” square for each layer). I used the following beautiful TÉLIO fabrics:
- TÉLIO’s Robin Crepe Print; STYLE 65060, Colours 02 & 05
- TÉLIO’s Morocco Blues; STYLE 34975, Colour 01
- TÉLIO’s Morocco Blues; STYLE 34969, Colour 01
- TÉLIO’s Paris Poplin; STYLE 34974, Colour 01
- TÉLIO’s Bondi Denim; STYLE 65140, Colours 04, 05, 06, & 08
- TÉLIO’s Silhouette Frost; STYLE 26310, Colours 54, 56, & 61
- Cup, jar, or anything with a circular shape
- Needle and thread
- Spray paint (your desired color)
- Artist wire (found at any art store)
- Stud buttons, one for each full flower. Stud buttons have a loop at the back of them to thread fabric through.
- Fake flowers (if desired)
- Ribbon, or any other decorative element desired.
1. Choose an array of colorful fabrics. Look for fabrics with different weights, textures, and patterns for unique pairings.
2. Using a jar, cup, or anything with a circular shape, trace circles into your fabric. Each circle will be one petal. I used 5 petals per flower. You may vary the sizes to create different petal sizes.
3. Cut out your circles from the fabric. Don’t worry if they are not perfect! (Mine certainly weren’t).
4. Fold your circle in half to create a semi-circle.
5. Fold the semi-circle in half again to form a triangular wedge.
6. Create a petal shape by gently folding the fabric at its base to create waves. Thread your needle through the base, and double back twice to secure the folds.
7. Continue threading through the base of the remaining petals until your flower is complete. Once you have you desired amount of petals on your thread, close it off by threading completely through the base of the first petal. Knot the thread at the end, and cut off any excess. Continue steps 4-7 until you have your desired amount of flowers.
8. Once you have completed your flowers, arrange them to your liking. I used 3-4 flowers per wire (to make 3 large flowers in total).
9. Pull the wire gently through the middle of your flowers.
10. Loop your stud button through the tip of the wire. Fold the wire over itself and twist to secure the button. Then, pull the wire through the middles of the flowers once again, to create a full loop.
11. Twist the two ends of the wire until the flower stem is tight. If your flowers are sliding down the wire, you may cut a small piece of wire and twist it around the base layer of your flower, where it meets the stem.
12. Spray your mason jar, and allow enough time to dry (takes at least 3 hours!).
Arrange your handmade flower in your jar, along with your chosen fake flowers. You may decorate the jar however you want! I added ribbon to the jar’s rim.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them” – Henri Matisse