It is already time for another Thrifty Chicks get together. Is it me or do you feel like the time is going by so fast? This month’s theme is scarves or hankies. I decided to use a hankie for my project. So for today’s project, I will show you how to make flowers from a hankie.
This isn’t the first time I have made flowers from fabric. I made some from drop cloth and put it on a wreath. Then another time I made a flower bouquet from fat quarters.
But this time I added the flowers to a lampshade. Now, this lamp may look familiar. I decorated a lampshade with fishing lures thinking a man would love it for his man cave. It didn’t sell and I knew it was time to try something different.
I bought a cream pleated lampshade. Do you like cream and white together? I felt it would look good as a backdrop for the white hankie flowers.
The first thing I did was to wash and iron the hankies to freshen them up. I thought I would use two but in the end, only needed one.
Measure 2 inches for each flower and use the rotary cutter to cut the hankie. One was a little larger but that is fine. I ended up with 5 flowers.
Fold the piece of fabric in half lengthwise and iron. Do a running stitch and gather up tightly, make a knot.
Then do an overcast stitch on the bottom to hold it together. I drew the thread up and under to make a knot. I wanted to make sure it was secure.
The hankie had lace trim. I was able to get two pieces with the lace so I didn’t gather those as tightly as I wanted the lace to show. If you really want to make them fancy you can sew on pearl beads. Dab a little glue on the bead to make it lay so the holes don’t show.
For some things odd amounts work better and this is true for the flowers on the lampshade. I had two with lace and three plain. Lay them out on a piece of material. When you like the placement tack them down. Cut away the excess material.
The next step is to decide where you want it on the shade. Then dab a little hot glue to secure it. I also used tacky glue because I always think the hot glue will give away after time.
I like how the flowers gave the lampshade a touch of elegance. Even though it is a neutral color palette there is texture to give it interest. What do you think? Do you like the simplicity?
Be sure to visit my Thrifty Chicks Friends to see their creations from hankies or scarves. The links are below.
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Materials and Supplies
Lamp Shade Hankie (suggested)
Needle and Thread Tacky Glue
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