Adorable embroidered plants, tutorial with photos

plants-all-1 I recently had a bunch of leftover silk flower petals and leaves. On a whim I decided to tack a few to a piece of felt and embroider an itty bitty planter, to see if the leaves would look like a cute little succulent, and they did! Now I think I’m addicted to embroidering planters for silk flower leaves, and I want you to be addicted too, so here’s a tutorial…

Materials: embroidery hoop, felt (or fabric), silk flower petals & leaves, embroidery thread, needle, scissors

First. Secure your felt or fabric in an embroidery hoop.

prepare-felt

Second. Start with thread that matches the petals you are using. Split the embroidery thread in half (each half should now have 3 individual strings).

split-thread

Third. With one of the halves, thread the needle and tie a knot at the end.

thread-needle

Fourth. With just a few single stitches, attach the leaves to the felt. Tie a knot in the back and cut the extra thread.

back-of-embroidery

Fifth. Choose a thread color for the planter and repeat the second and third steps.

Sixth. Get creative! You could first draw the planter, but I like the imperfections of just starting with thread. Using a slip stitch (or your favorite outline stitch), start embroidering the outline of the planter. I like to add handles, like a mug or kettle, for extra cuteness.

start-outlineembroider-outline

Seventh. Fill in the planter with any pattern you’d like. Some ideas are using a cross stitch, french knot, or creating a chevron pattern.

embroider-pattern

Eighth. Tie a knot in the back and cut the extra thread.

final-embroidery

Ta-da! Adorable itty bitty plant, no need to water! You can display your plant as is (in the embroidery hoop) or mount it to cardboard (like I did). These could also be used to decorate pillows, curtains, etc… so many plants everywhere!

What else could we make with extra silk flowers?

ALSO, I found this super cute link party, appropriately named Too Cute Tuesday, check it out!

27. January 2016 by Jessie
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