Sunday, March 17, 2013

Peony, peeOnee, peoNEE

When I saw these fabric flowers on pinterest, I knew immediately I had to make them. My sister loves peonies. Even though she can never remember how to say it. "peeOnee," she says, and instantly I am thrown back to our childhoods, when she was so small that she still talked on the phone with her pretend friend "Soapie" and her white-blond hair was always in a rat's nest. You'd never know she'd grow up to be so sophisticated and stylish and unable to say peony. (I say this like I can get the word stamina out of my mouth without thinking long and hard. Every.time.)


Making these flowers is easy enough. Cut fabric, melt it, pile them up, sew. However, there is some technique involved in getting the edges to melt and not burn. Unfortunately, the fabric I used was so light pink, you can see the charred edges.

The poppies are cute too! (Until you get the hang of melting the fabric, it's no five minute project. Just sayin'.)

11 comments:

Margaret said...

Melt the fabric?? Does it have to be a special kind of fabric to melt? How interesting. And so pretty!

MelissaD said...

These are really pretty - maybe the gardener sprayed something on them that charred the edges? just sayin' :)
can you tell us where you found the instructions?

Anna van Schurman said...

The link it in the very first sentence, "these fabric flowers." Just in case anyone else misses that! :)

Jennifer said...

I love peonies. They always remind me of my grandmother, who had the most beautiful white ones growing in her garden. I wanted peonies in my wedding bouquet, but my florist said they generally didn't hold up well and suggested silk ones. Unless you touch them, it's very hard to tell the difference between florist silks and fresh flowers, and they looked beautiful mixed in among the fresh flowers. For my first mother's day, Jeff bought me two peony plants - one from him, one from Nick.

Karen said...

Very pretty, they look almost real. My grandmother, who grew up in the countryside of central West Virginia, pronounced it "piney".

zoomcity said...

Oh, so nice! This is one of those things I'm going to do Some Day. I love seeing your success. :)

Linda said...

Something I've never heard of - melt the fabric. Is it a special fabric? I love the pink. It looks like they have been blooming for quite a while and are starting to turn brown. Love it.

Linda

Silverlotus said...

Those are so lovely. And I have trouble with peony too. ;)

Beth said...

Such special Sister Memories! You make me laugh.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

These are so pretty! You did a great job!

Mouse said...

I have beautiful peonies in my garden :) two colours a darker pinkie red and a lighter one ... love how you have made them ... and the dark lines on the edges look like they have been out and blooming for ages ..... sooo cute :) love mouse xxxx