Thanks so much everyone for leaving lovely compliments about my felt dandelions. As promised I'll show you how to make one here. They are ever so simple:
You'll need some light yellow felt and some dark yellow felt; a pipe cleaner, some green wool or florist's tape and some green felt.
First off cut a piece of the dark yellow felt into a rectangle. Then the light yellow into a piece measuring the same height and double the width at one end and tapering to about a cm taller at the other. Snip cuts into each piece but not right down to the bottom edge:
The finer the fringe the nicer the flower I reckon although you can't go too thin as the felt will just break.
Take the pipe cleaner and wrap wool around it - florist's tape would be better but I didn't have any:
Then take the dark yellow felt and wrap it around the top of the pipecleaner:
You may want to secure the beginning with a bit of glue.
Wrap the light yellow piece around the top of the dark yellow and sew it all together a bit to secure:
Now you have a problem - you have a fat flower and a too thin stem and you need to put on your calyx. I decided to wrap some green felt under the petals like so:
again you need to secure it all with a few stitches.
Measure around the flower and cut a piece of green felt the same width. At this point I cut out a piece like this:
and I wrapped it around my flower but I didn't like the effect compared with a real dandelion (sometimes I can be a bit of a perfectionist - but only sometimes):
So I cut out a fringey bit like so:
and sewed that on instead and it came out like this:
I think I prefer the first one but it's too late now! Who cares anyway - it's only the underneath of the flower for goodness sake.
This flower is one I made the other day and I bodged the calyx on this one too. If someone finds a better way to make and attach the calyx please let me know.
Fluff out the petals and give it all a bit of a trim if you wish and that's it:
So there we are you can make a whole vase full of these to compliment all the ones outside on your lawn.
I thought I'd share a comment that Rowan left in my last post. She said: "If they were rarer people would pay a lot of money for those little plants which flower and flower non-stop all through the summer and have such pretty edible leaves". How true.