I’ve been having great fun watching Sex and the City re-runs this winter on E! (one of my guilty pleasures). While some of the delicious raunchiness is gone (Samantha gets bleeped a lot, as you might expect), the spirit is still there. Today I’m inspired to use some remnants from the sweaters I’ve been fulling and make a Carrie-style felt flower, which is in turn inspired by Elizabeth Searle, who wrote a great little book I worked on several years ago called Fun-to-Wear Fabric Flowers.
They are quick and easy to make. Make the pattern as shown. Cut about 15 petals; I graduated the size of the petals a bit, smaller at the center and larger at the outside. So trim as desired. Start with the inside petal and stitch across the bottom with a long gathering stitch. When you’re halfway across, overlap the next petal and stitch through both layers; continue until all of the petals are strung on the thread. (I used sturdy upholstery thread, BTW.) Gather tightly and secure.
Make the blossom by rolling the gathered edge from inside to outside, stitching to secure as you go. Fiddle-dee-dee around with it as you wish, then add a button or bijoux and a pin back.
I’d love to hear your favorite SITC memories. Now if I could just figure out how to make Manolos….