Flower Power

Welcome 🙂

Every year my Church holds a Flower festival at the end of June, the ladies who arrange the flowers are very talented and always make the Church look beautiful. This year the group of ladies who make banners for the Church (i.e. me and my super team) have been invited to join in and make an arrangement too. We were very pleased to be asked and especially so when the reaction to us making a display of fabric flowers was met with enthusiasm.

So a talented member of our group is keeping us in order (I understand that’s called ‘co-ordinating’ !) and we’re all getting busy making flowers – very exciting.

The theme this year is ‘Reaching Out’ and is highlighting what the various groups in Church do for the community we serve.

Our humble group has chosen this Bible verse to explain what we’re about and that we try to sow seeds of faith using visual art, as well as making the Church building look welcoming for everyone.

‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms’                                              1 Peter 4 v10

Everyone’s been working away making flowers and here are a few that I’m working on.


We’ve still got a long way to go but it feels exciting 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

Spring Tulips

Welcome 🙂

Pinterest, love it or loathe it you have to admit you can get some great inspiration from browsing the pins. While I was looking for a pattern for fabric tulips (so I could have a very long lasting bunch of flowers) I found a lovely idea for a bag charm.

Well my plain black handbag needed a bag charm to pretty it up so I got to work. The Pin didn’t have a pattern but there were plenty of other patterns for larger tulips so I just adjusted the size of the tulip and winged it 🙂


The charm is 6″ long excluding the fitting and is made of 6 little tulips attached to pieces of cord (I used shoe laces).


If you’d like to make one I used a piece of fabric 2″x 3″ for each tulip and this tutorial from The Flower Craft.

I made sure I sewed through the shoelaces so the tulips couldn’t be pulled off.

I made a pattern for the leaf from paper – it’s about 8″ long and 1 1/4″ wide at the widest part of the leaf (that’s without a seam allowance). You can see the shape of it here,20160329_163851

I just pinned the pattern on a double layer of fabric (right sides together) and stitched round the template leaving a 1 1/2″ gap on the long side for turning it the right way round (I used one of those very handy tube turner gadgets) I whip stitched up the opening and knotted it around the cord with a few stitches to hold it secure. Et Voila!

And, in case you’re wondering, I also made some big tulips,

because they were so nice I showed one of my sewing groups how to make them and we had a lovely time creating before putting them together to make a bright and colourful arrangement for this photo 🙂


Until next time,

Chris x


Memories of Grandad

Welcome 🙂

Back in December I started making these little flowers and I thought you might like to see what I eventually did with them.


They reminded me of chrysanthemums which in turn reminded me of my Grandad who used to grow them in his garden. I have lovely memories of playing in his garden and seeing all the huge flowers tied up to sturdy supports.

So this is what I made,


A bunch of Chrysanthemums in autumnal colours all jostling for space in a plant pot,


with a cheeky little snail hoping for some lunch!



Eagle eyed long term followers might recognise something rather familiar about this wall hanging as I made one similar to it a little while ago.


I have plans to make a third one too, I’m pretty sure what flower I shall be doing – one that reminds me of my Grandma, but haven’t decided on the type of container it’ll be in.

What reminds you of your Grand parents?

Until next time,

Chris x