Here is another installment in my series of seasonal and holiday felt pins. This time, in celebration of spring and Mother's Day. This may be the easiest and quickest pin yet because there is no blanket stitching used on this one. All you need is a few colors of felt, some coordinating embroidery floss, a button or other small embellishment and a pin back. The variations are endless with this pattern, you can use two petals in one or two colors of felt. You can use all three sizes of petals and alternate two colors or use three different colors. The center embellishment can be a small button, a large bead or several small beads, or even just a thread knot to resemble the center stamen of the flower.
Click the link to open the Flower Templates (the file is a .pdf, you will need Acrobat to open the file). The templates will print on a standard 8 1/2" by 11" piece of paper. Hit "back" to return to this page.
Spring Flower Pin Supply List
Two or three colors of felt in flower colors of your choice.
Embroidery floss in light yellow and colors to match your flower petals (you can use plain sewing thread doubled several times instead if you wish).
Small two-hole button or bead for the center (if you are going to use a bead, make sure you have a needle small enough to go through the center of the bead)
Pin backs (you can also find these in the beading section of your local sewing and craft store; make sure you purchase ones with holes in the bar for sewing on)
Sewing thread (to match your largest petal)
Decide how many petals you want to use and from felt cut out two or three petals and a back circle to match the largest petal.
On the largest petal, make a 1/4 inch snip at each spot where the petals meet (I marked this area with a dark line in the photo).
Thread your embroidery needle with a twelve inch piece of embroidery floss (or quadrupled thread) and poke the needle up through the felt directly opposite one of the slits, slightly offset from the center of the petal. Leave a four inch tail of thread hanging down underneath.
Bring the needle up again from underneath opposite the next slit, again slightly offset from the center. Be sure to hold onto the tail underneath as you progress around the flower so the floss does not pull through.