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Monday, March 26, 2012

Time to Think About Spring with GlueArts!

Spring is by far one, if not my most, favorite season of all. I love the introduction of bright, cheery colors which is a welcomed sign to me that we are ending another cold and snowy winter. So to welcome the new season, I decided to put together some fun, bright colored fabrics and start my Spring decoration at home with a homemade rosette pillow.  
Spring Rosette Flower Pillow 
GlueArts Designer: Grace Tolman

Supplies Used:
Fabrics
Pillow or pillow form
Button- GCD Studios
Baker’s twine- Pink Sorbet, Twinery
Thread- Coats and Clark
Sewing Machine- Kenmore
Others- Zipper, Iron and Ironing Board

Instructions:

1. Gather your supplies

2. I wanted to reuse an old throw pillow so I made a case for it first using a solid colored fabric and added a zipper to the case to make it easy for me to change it up when a new season comes.


3. I started the rosette flowers by cutting pieces of fabrics that is 4” x 20”. I wanted my flower to be big so I used about 10 different but coordinating fabrics.


4. With wrong side facing you, fold the fabric in half and machine stitch to close.


5. Turn the fabric inside out and iron.


6. Bring the fabric strip back to the machine and stitch in the middle, folding the piece as you go along.


7. Once you’ve made all of your rosette strips, you can start assembling the flower. Plug in your Glue Arts glue gun and place a piece of cardboard inside the pillow case to keep the glue from transferring to the other side of the case.

8. Use a plate or any circle form and lightly trace the shape. This will be your guide for the flower.


9. Working from the outer edge of the circle, start adhering your fabric strips using the Glue Arts glue gun. Overlap the edges of each fabric strip for a more finished look.


10. Thread some twine through a big button and adhere this to the center of your flower using more Glue Arts glue gun.

now I have a pretty flower pillow to adorn my otherwise boring black couch!


Audrey captures spring with these sweet thread spools with springy flowers...

Flower Picks 
GlueArts Designer: Audrey Pettit

Supplies:
Glue Arts Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Wool Felt
Embroidery Floss
Wooden Skewers
Spray Mist (optional)
Buttons
Spools 


These spring flower picks are a quick and easy home decor project, and SO fun to make. To get started, gather your supplies. 



I picked up some wool felt from my local big box sewing store. To save on supplies and expense, I purchase one wool felt in a deep, mossy green, and a second piece in a neutral cream with the idea in mind that I could dye the cream to any color I chose. If you want to skip this step, simply purchase felt in the colors of your choice.

1. If you're using cream felt and want to dye it other colors, simply pour some spray mist or re-inkers into a disposable container and soak your fabric in the colorant for several minutes. Squeeze to remove all excess liquid, and then lay flat to dry. 
2. While your fabric is drying, move onto the stems. To create each stem, cut a wooden skewer to the desired height. Cut a length of green wool felt that is just wide enough to wrap around the skewer. I guessed the size by laying the skewer at the edge of my fabric and rolling it up until covered. Cut a notch and then unroll the skewer and cut the entire length off.
3. Apply Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive along the entire length of felt, making sure to apply strips on each edge. 
4. Lay the wooden skewer at one edge, and roll up. The adhesive will keep the felt in place. I whip stitched along the seam for a decorative touch, but this is not necessary.

5. Lay two small scrap pieces of green felt together and straight stitch simple leaf designs. I made one leaf per stem. Cut out leaves and whip stitch them to the stem. 


6. Cut two different sized circles from the dyed felt. I used a 2" and a 1" circle for mine. You will need to cut two of the larger circles per flower, and one of the smaller circles.
7. Blanket stitch around the edge of the smaller circle. Stitch a button to the center, then stitch the smaller circle to one of the larger circles.

8. Apply a strip of Ribbon Adhesive to the last remaining circle. Press the tip of the stem into the adhesive, then place the stitched circles with button over the top. Blanket stitch around the edge of the larger circle. 


9. Tuck finished flower into a wooden spool. For a tight and more permanent hold, add a bit of Glue Arts hot glue into the spool's hole first. 

WOW! How's that for one fantastic way to kick off a Monday and the first full week of spring!! Stop by all week long while we bring you more Easter and spring treats with fabrics and GlueArts Adhesives!

It's Monday though and that means time to announce our Tuskineko winner and that is:

 

Congrats to you Renee!!Please email me at Gluegirl@gluearts.com with your info! We'll see you back here tomorrow with more Easter and spring treats! 

Glue Arts 
Don't forget to check our our spring cleaning sale too! It's a perfect time to pick up some of your favorite GlueArts products at amazing prices!  

11 comments:

  1. Love these projects! That pillow looks wonderful and the flowers are so sweet. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  2. ohhh, love the pillow. Even I could do that:)

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  3. Very cute flower picks and love the pillow!

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  4. Just love both of these Spring projects!

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  5. Oh my goodness I am so excited!!! Thank you! And love these fabric projects today, great colors and tutorial :)

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  6. Sweet springy projects today! I love them both - my home could sure use some lovely color like that! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  7. Absolutely adorable projects!! Loved the ruffled pillow, and the lovely felt flowers!

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  8. Thanks for sharing these two wonderful spring projects!

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  9. Wow, I love that pillow. Grace must have the best decorated house on her block!! Great tutorial. Love the detailed photos.
    xoxo, Christine

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  10. no way this pillow is so amazing...I love that pattern on the pillow...what a fun way to decorate a pillow....I am so going to use this idea...Like I said before...I always learn so much from you fun crafty ladies...love this

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