Prim Sunflower Pattern
Designed by Jean Barker of
What you will need:
¼ yd of dark brown brushed velour
¼ yd of golden yellow fabric makes approx. 5 sunflowers. (Depending on how many sunflowers you want to make, as to how much fabric you will need.)
You will also need hand sewing needle and thread. (I use white thread because you will be coffee staining the flower.) Polyfil Stuffing, scissors, coffee stain mixture.
Pattern directions: Please read through directions prior to beginning.
Cut out two (2) Petal pieces from your favorite golden yellow fabric. (I use either golden homespun or broadcloth.)
Cut one (1) center from brushed velour in dark brown. (That is what I used to make the one pictured, but you can use whatever fabric you like.)
Now take your needle and thread and do a running gather stitch around the outside edge of the flower center piece. Pull gather up slightly and put some polyfil stuffing in. Not too much, just enough to make it kinda plump. Pull up gather a little more but not too tight and knot off thread. Now get your two petal pieces. I like to offset the two pieces a little so the petals look like they are full when finished. Put the gathered flower center piece in the middle of the petals. Take your needle and thread and stitch the center to the petals using a running stitch around the outside of the petals. It will be on the back side of the flower so it will not matter how it looks and besides, they are supposed to look Prim!! Make sure you catch the center piece with each stitch.
At this point you should have a flower that looks like the picture. Time for that Prim Grungy look!!
Mix ½ cup of instant coffee, 1 cup of hot water and 1 tsp. of cinnamon together in a bowl. Let cool, so you don’t burn your hands. Once cooled, dip your flower completely saturating it in the coffee mixture. Ring out slightly and place on an old cookie sheet lined with foil with flower face down on sheet. That will give the petals a little extra darkening when dried. I like to air dry my flowers by putting in a sunny place either inside or outside if the weather is nice. You can also dry them in the oven at 180 degrees, but watch them very carefully as they will burn or even catch on fire!!!
You’re done!! They can be displayed in a bowl, added to a wreath, or use as an accent to any prim arrangement!!
Have fun creating as many of them as you want and you don't even have to give me credit for the design!! My gift to you. All I ask is that you not sell the pattern for your own profit!!