Thursday, April 8, 2010

Flowering Branches with Fabric Quince Blossoms with Martha Stewart

  A bunch of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric flowers makes a striking alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. Here, we adorned branches with fabric flowers resembling a spray of quince blossoms. 

Use branches from your own yard, or purchase them from a nursery or florist.
To decorate favors, wrap each small box with layered ribbons or a strip of fabric, and glue a single fabric blossom on top.

Step 1
For fabric flowers, tear the cotton into 1-inch strips and cut them 8 inches long. For ribbon flowers, cut ribbon 4 inches long. Using thread in a matching color (knot the end), sew a running stitch lengthwise along one edge of the strip or ribbon, leaving the needle in the fabric until you've stitched the entire length.

Step 2
  Slide the fabric or ribbon along the thread, drawstring style, to gather; pull taut.

Step 3
  Keeping the thread taut, bring the ends of the fabric or ribbon together, right sides facing, and sew; backstitch a couple times to secure. Snip off any excess fabric or ribbon, and apply seam sealant to the cut edges to prevent unraveling. Fold a few artificial stamens in half, then insert them into the center of the flower so the stamen heads emerge just a bit; add a dab of tacky glue to secure them, and let dry.

Step 4
  To wrap branches, tie a piece of seam binding to the bottom of each branch. Pulling slightly to keep binding tight, wrap it around the branch, overlapping by about a third (see photo). When you reach the end of the branch, tie a knot, and trim any excess to create a "leaf." If you run out of seam binding midbranch, tie the end to the branch and trim; then tie on a new ribbon, and continue wrapping (secure all knots with a dab of tacky glue beneath them). Glue flowers to branch.

This project appeared in "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts."

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