Friday, April 23, 2010

The Sampler Blog Hop

Welcome to The Sampler’s Very First BLOG HOP!! 

If you have just joined us, you may want to start at the beginning at Holly’s blog:

The Sampler Design Team has LOTS of inspiring projects, tips, and techniques to share! Please hop along with us to see what everyone has in store! 

Here is our Blog Hop rotation for today:
Chris:       *YOU ARE HERE*
Guest Designer Sarah:
End at The Crop Spot, with Sandy at our Blog!:

Now I'd like to share my project with you made with products from The Sampler!
 I posted this layout earlier this month for the Sampler Kit reveal but now I am doing a tutorial to show you how to make the sewn fabric flower. Cut a long strip or several short strips of fabric 1 1/4" wide and a fabric circle just a bit smaller that your finished flower will be  (mine is 2 1/2".)
Fold the raw edges in until they just touch in the center. Pin to hold.
Make a knot in the end of your thread and sew in a zigzag right-angle pattern
making sure to loop your thread over the fold before you start sewing the opposite direction. This will allow the fabric to form into puckers when you pull the thread. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT OR THE FABRIC WILL NOT PUCKER INTO PETALS
At least every 8 inches or so, hold the fabric with the fingers of one hand and gently pull on the thread. The line of stitches will be pulled straight, thus creating petal puffs on either side.
Once you have the strip gathered, begin to stitch it in a circle to the backing. Start in the center and be sure that the front of the strip is on top.
Continue to secure the strips, tucking the bottom of the outer strips under the top of the inner strips. Add a button or brad to the center.

For my layout above, I used these items from the April Sampler: Core'dinations embossed card stock in Deco Coral Sparkle and Red Kitchen Dot, Sassafras patterned paper, American Crafts teal plaid ribbon, Sassafras apple glitter alphas, Sassafras cherry flag banner stickers, and a Maya road leaf pin.

Not only do we have some awesome projects to share today, but you also have a chance to win a PRIZE! By leaving a comment on EACH Design Team member's blog today, you have a chance to WIN an amazing prize sponsored by Scrapbooking Supplies R US!  You have until Tuesday April 27th to leave your comments for a chance to win!!!

Hop on to find out whatDanielle:  has created to inspire you today!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!!! Chris!!!! I love love love love that lo...and that FLOWER is tooooooooooooooooooooo die for!! WOW WOW WOW!!! thanks for the step by step...I am GONNA have to try that!!! *love* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Anonymous said...

I don't have time to do the complet blog hop, but I sure enjoyed YOUR post today!!! Have a beautiful weekend my friend!

Cassie said...

Fantastic layout!!!
That flower is awesome!!!!

Adrienne Pierce said...

oh I dont knwo that I would be able to do that..but I know I am definatly gonna try! Thanks so much!

kmassman said...

GORGEOUS layout! LOVE everything about it!

deana said...

That flower is so GREAT, Chris... thanks for the tutorial! Will have to try that out one of these days!

Hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend! :-)

Monika said...

Wooooooooow! Very impressive.

Melissa said...

fantastic LO! and thank you for the flower tut

sarah said...

oh how i LOVE those flowers! i need to try that out as soon as i find one of my needles. haha! ((hence why i haven't been hand stitching recently))

glad to be a part of the sampler team this month!


jacque4u2c said...

Chris this is so adorable!!!!!Gorgeous layout!!!
Hopping Off to the next stop!

Anonymous said...

total fab! i love that flower and thanks for showing us how we can too! i have a lot of fabric pieces and i think this is the perfect project!


Audra said...

Super awesome layout... I'm totally lovin that flower... I can't wait to make me one... thanks sooo much for sharing!! :)

Tammy said...

I love the flower and the tutorial....I am going to have to attempt those. beautiful.

McMGrad89 said...

Great flower. Thanks for showing us how to make it.

McMGrad89 said...

Chris, I made it all the way around the blog hop. I couldn't figure out if we were supposed to leave a comment on the last one because everytime I clicked the Leave Comment button it kept clicking back to the home page.

Otherwise, I had fun making the rounds and learning a thing or two or three or four.

Thanks for the info.

Melissa said...

wow, these flowers are super! tfs!

becnalec said...

wow, what a great flower. thx for sharing.

Brittney said...

That flower is fabulous!

Krystle said...

Great layout!

Bekka said...

Great tutorial! That actually looks a lot easier than I thought it would be! Thanks!

Laurie (Wally) said...

Love your layout..thanks for the tip on making that flower

EverydayMe said...

wow this is amazing.. I am going to give this a try... thank you!!!
{{hugs}} Michelle