I wanted to make lavender sunflowers but my first attempt wasn’t terribly sunflower-like, so I had another attempt after my trip to the lavender farm on Saturday. This time I am thrilled with the result – in different colours you could make it a daisy or some other similar flower.
Cutting requirements to make lavender sunflowers
All you need for this project is two circles of yellow fabric, about 7″ or 8″ diameter, two smaller circles of brown fabric, about 3″ or 4″ diameter and a small quantity of dried lavender.
Make lavender sunflowers
You can cut the circles with anything round that’s available. I used a glass for the brown and a small plate for the yellow. The yellow circles need to be about twice the size of the brown ones.
Place one brown circle with right side down, one yellow with right side down. On these lay one yellow circle with right side up and finally the second brown circle with right side up. You can feel where the first brown circle is with your fingers so that you can be sure of placing the second one on top of it.
Using a small zigzag (I used stitch width 2 and stitch length 1) sew around the edge of the brown circle, leaving a gap so that you can spoon the lavender in. I have used white thread so that you can see what I am doing, but obviously I would normally have used brown thread.
Spoon a small quantity of dried lavender in to the brown circle. You will have to do this on both sides as the yellow circles separate the two sides of the sunflower. I couldn’t work out a way to cut the middles of the yellow circles out, so decided to leave them in and have two separate lavender compartments. Make sure that there is no lavender near the gap in the stitching and then zigzag the open part of the brown circle to close the gap.
Cut the petals of the lavender sunflower
I have basically cut triangles from the yellow fabric to make the petals. I began using pinking shears to give a zigzag edge to the petals but they were too big and clumsy so I changed to a small pair of scissors instead.
Cut the triangles from one side only. That leaves triangles for the petals. You can see in the photo that the wrong side of the fabric beneath the petals is showing as a lighter colour which gives a good contrast.
Now turn the project over and cut triangles from the other yellow circle to make petals. Try to cut them so that the petals from the second circle lie between the petals of the first circle. This gives a contrast in both colour and depth to the petals.
I love this project and intend to make lavender sunflowers to hang just about anywhere now!
Here’s the video:
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