A Blooming Tutorial (from a Winner of the Tote Bag Challenge!)

comments (4) September 16th, 2008     

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ErinMichelle Erin Brumfield, contributor
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With a few hairpins, this flower makes a great accessory!
Your triangles will be approximately 4 inches tall and 3 inches across the bottom.
Every other one will be upside down.
With a few hairpins, this flower makes a great accessory!

With a few hairpins, this flower makes a great accessory!

Photo: Erin Brumfield
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Here is a tutorial for the blooms on my blooming tote that won the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge! As promised, I have provided step-by-step instructions so you can bring some blooms into your life. You are just 11 steps away.

What You'll Need:

  • Sewing machine (don’t worry, it can be done by hand)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 3 to 10 different fabrics (including one thick material)

1. Once you gather all of the needed materials including fabric, which can be coordinating, completely random, or just the scraps you have lying around, cut 6 to 10 triangles out of the material. These should be isosceles triangles approximately 4 inches tall and 3 inches across the bottom.


Your triangles will be approximately 4 inches tall and 3 inches across the bottom.

2. Next, set out your triangles in the order that you wish them to be in the flower. Lay out every other one upside down so that they will create a rectangular shape all together.


Every other triangle will be upside down.

3. Pin the triangles together one at a time, sewing two together then adding another. Use a 1/4-inch guide on your machine. This will allow your triangles to fit together nicely. However, don’t worry about perfection. Imperfection creates more interesting and creative blooms.


Pin your flower pieces together as you sew.

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Comments (4)

wildenfunky writes: Erin, I've 'made' this!! But!! I have no machine so I kinda changed it because I was so desperate to make it. I cut a length of scrap I had, and folded it over and sewed it up and gathered it.....then I revisited your picture....eesh!! I'm going to try again. I don't know how to 'post', when I get help from the man in my life or a child in my life, I will POST it!! My FIRST POST!! Watch this spot!! :)!!
Posted: 10:18 am on November 15th
thefairymaker writes: Like the design not for the hair though too bulky but definitely 4 a bag or present, scrapbooking and quilts. THANKS
Posted: 12:21 pm on September 20th
queenopearls writes: Great tutorial Erin and so many possibilities for embellishment with the holidays looming large. Thank you for sharing this!
Posted: 7:43 am on September 20th
groggyfroggy writes: Really cute. Thanks for the tutorial!
Posted: 4:03 pm on September 16th
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