Now really, does it get any cuter than this?! We don't think so. That's why we want to show you all how to make these sweet & festive fabric posies, too!
Here's what you'll need to get started:
~scissors (for cutting out circles)
~a yo-yo template (or a regular old drinking glass... something with a perfectly circular shape, about 3 1/2" in diameter)
~a needle and matching thread (a thimble, too!)
~some fun, sparkly buttons (we found these faux rhinestones at JoAnn Fabrics)
1. Using your yo-yo template or glass, trace circles onto the back of your fabric scraps using a soft pencil; cut the shapes out. You'll need exactly 5 fabric circles per posy. (We like to make our posies all from one fabric... but be creative! These would be really cute with multiple monochromatic fabrics as well.)
2. Fold your first petal (one fabric circle) into quarters. Repeat for four more petals.
3. Thread your needle and tie a knot, knotting both thread ends together. Using a running stitch (a rather long one), start sewing along the raw edge of each petal, through all layers. Thread on petal after petal until all five are on your thread.
4. Now, pull 'em up tight! Attach the first and last petals with a few hand stitches, and knot off your thread.
5. Position your flowers on the shirt you're embellishing. (And we'd just like to add that these little posies would look equally adorable on your own cardigan. Or jacket, or tee, or bag, or... well, you get the idea. They'd make cute bows, and would look smashing on a headband!)
Tack them on by hand, stitching down through the petals and up through the center of each flower securely. Place your button in the center of the "hole", and stitch that onto your shirt as well. For extra button stability, add a tiny piece of interfacing behind your shirt and sew through it too.
Oh, and we put a posy on the back of Ellie's little shirt, too! These are so fun and easy to make... once you start, it's almost impossible to stop. As always, we'd love to see pictures of your creativity! So send us some shots of your own festive fabric posies, okay?
More on that sale soon, Lord willing!
xo~ the Long ladies
Special thanks for the lovely pictures of Ellie go to our friends the Pearlstein family. Visit Clay's blog for other examples of his excellent work!