I do love flowers, and coneflowers are one of my favorites. I have had this magazine page pinned to my bulletin board for some time now, and this was my inspiration for this new pattern.
Fleece Coneflower Instructions
First, plug in your glue gun so it will be ready when you need it.
Cut out 8 pedals. *Make sure to lay the pattern out on the stretch of the fabric, as indicated on the pattern. You can use a couple of different shades if you like.
Stretch the petals. This will make them curl up slightly
Do this to all 8 petals. (The top of the petal will be curled up edge)
Join two petals together, with the tops facing up (curled edge). Alternate colors if you are using more than one color. Stitch back and forth a few times to secure.
Continue stitching petals together until you have joined all eight.
Turn flower over and join the first petal to the last. Stitch around one more time catching the back of each petal. Pull tight and knot. Cut your thread.
Using the flower center pattern piece, cut out one center using the color of your choice. You can use felt or fleece.
Using a simple basting stitch, sew around the outer edge, about 3/8 inch inside the outer edge.
Poke the needle to the outside and pull slightly to gather in edges. Fill with stuffing, or I just like to use little pieces of scrap felt. It works great.
Pull the thread tight to gather in the edges. Use a pencil or some other device to poke the raw edges to the inside of the ball. Pull the thread and tuck, keep doing this until you have worked all the edges inside.
Stitch back and forth to secure in place. Don’t worry too much what your stitches look like, as they will not be seen. Knot and cut thread.
Dab a little bit of hot glue to the back of your flower center and press firmly onto the front center of your flower.
Making the Stem
To make a cute stem, simply paint a bamboo skewer green and cut out a felt leaf. Using the glue gun, add a dab of glue to the bottom 2 inches of the leaf. Place the stem on top.
Add just a little more glue and fold the edges over.
Tadah! Wasn’t that easy and fun.