Repeat this step around the flower, pulling gently on the floss as you go (don't forget to keep holding onto the tail). You can see how the petals will pleat and ruffle up.
To wrap the last petal slit, bring your needle up near the middle, just past where the wrap started.
To finish sewing this petal, poke the needle back down in the middle so that both floss ends are on the back.
Now, pull up on both ends of the floss to scrunch up the flower tightly. Use a pin or needle to tug up on the floss as needed to make it tight. When the floss is snugged up, tie the ends together in an overhand knot a few times to secure the floss. The photo shows how it should look when you are done.
Here is a gratuitous picture of my helper. She always wants to know what I am doing.
Repeat this wrapping process with the other petals. This photo shows the medium petal set gathered up.
Layer your petals together and sew together using your preferred center embellishment. If using a button (like the yellow flower in the top photo), use a 4-5 inch length of bright yellow floss and stitch through one hole, through the middle of the flower, and then back up through the flower and the second hole, tie a knot and trim. For the center of the bright pink flower, I just used yellow floss with no button. When using a bead, stitch up through the bottom of the flower, through the bead and back down and tie off the floss on the back of the flower.
To finish the flower, sew the circle onto the back using matching thread and a small running stitch. Be careful to only catch the back side of the flower so your stitches don't show on the front. Sew on the pin back and you are done!
Here is the flower finished with a sparkly bead center. You can also sew these flowers onto a headband or sew them to pillows. If you make one, please send me a photo! I would love to see what ideas you come up with.
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