Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ever-blooming Daffodils--a tutorial

Spring certainly can't come soon enough for me!
If you feel the same way, you can speed up its arrival in your home by making a bunch of these fabric daffodils.
Cut a 4 1/2" square of muslin.
Fold in half and sew the long edges together with a 1/4" seam.
Turn the piece right side out until the raw edges meet at the bottom, forming a little tube.
Copy this template onto graph paper and cut out.
Pin the template to a double layer of muslin and sew all the way around it.
Trim the muslin 1/4" outside of the stitching.
Square off the points and clip into the curves.
Separate the muslin layers and carefully make a tiny cross incision through one of the layers.
Turn the shape right side out through this opening.
I used a pointy chopstick to get into the points.
Make gathering stitches about 1/4" from the raw edges of the tube.
Gather tightly and knot off.
Insert the gathered edge of the tube into the little hole in the daffodil.
Turn the edges of the hole to the inside and stitch the tube to the folded edges.
Thin some antique gold paint with a little water and paint the entire daffodil, starting with inside the tube.
When dry, sand gently with fine sandpaper.
Separate the layers of fabric and carefully cut a tiny horizontal slit into just the back layer.
Drip some hot glue into the hole.
Immediately insert a stick into the hole and up into the petal.
And that's it!
Enjoy your ever-blooming spring daffodils!


  1. Toooo flipp'n cute!!! thank you! I need some spring around here! karen

  2. Wonderful idea for spring. I am into bunnies this week.


  3. These are delightful!!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  4. Great !! Thank you :-)
    Elisabeth from France

  5. Loved the tutorial! I am waiting to see your new book on Amazon. They usually have them for preorders. Exciting times for you!!!

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