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Stenciled Prim Sunflower Trio

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Posted on September 25, 2022 by Jan Hunter

Fall wouldn’t be fall without seeing sunflowers!  The large heads filled with seeds nodding towards the sun every morning are a beautiful sight to see out the window or in the fields as you pass by.  We decided to create this grouping with a prim feel for this post.

You’ll Need:

Stencil Wall

Black & White Leaf Pattern Clip Arts

You’ll also Need:

  • Sewing machine
  • SCAL 5
  • Ikonart Stencil kit
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Polyester Stuffing
  • Tea stain
  • Yellow Ochre Heavy body tube paint
  • Black heavy body tube paint
  • 1 inch foam brush
  • Iron
  • Fabric (yellow print, black, cheesecloth, white felt)
  • Black tulle (6” wide)
  • Needle, Thread
  • Pattern:  9” diameter circle (flower); 4 x 6” oval for flower center and cheesecloth
  • 3 – ¼” dowel – (1-14”, 1-18” and 1 -23”)
  • Floral Foam
  • Brown Sphagnum moss
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

For Each Flower:

Cut 2- 9” circles; 1- 4×6 oval for the flower center, 1- 4×6 oval for cheesecloth
2- 1”x45” strips of black tulle.  Repeat for each remaining flower.

Create the Stencils

Open the image for the background stencil in the SCAL 5 software.  Make any size changes now.  Change colors if needed for best printing.  To use the Ikonstencil Art kit, make sure the part you want to stencil to the fabric is black in the image you print.  You’ll need to size each pattern down a bit if you haven’t done it yet.

Follow the directions in your kit to create the stencil or refer to the instructions in this post.

While your stencils are drying, place the 9” fabric circles in the stain for about five minutes.  Remove and squeeze out any excess stain.  Let dry.  You can repeat the process if desired. Let the circles dry.  Heat set the stain.  Stencil the circles along the edges with the stencil pattern and paint. We only stenciled three of the circles. Let the paint dry.  Iron to heat set the paint. TIP:  use a piece of copy paper between the fabric and iron. Tea stain again if desired.  The fabric used in our project is much brighter on one side than the other.  We chose to use the wrong side of the fabric as our right side.  Iron again once the stain has dried.

Cut two- 45-inch long pieces of the tulle.  Cut those pieces into 3” strips.  You’ll have one extra strip or you can combine it with one for a deeper color of black.  Fold the strips in half lengthwise.  Your strips will be 1 ½” wide.  Stitch a gathering stitch using the longest stitch on your sewing machine.  Gather each of the strips – adjust the gathers as needed to fit around the black oval and pin them in place.

You can pin it to the front of the oval as you’ll be covering the oval with the cheesecloth.

Center the oval and tulle on the stenciled circle.  Pin in place.  Add the cheesecloth on top.  We used a zig-zag stitch to attach to the stenciled circle. Repeat for the remaining two flowers.

Turn the flowers over so the back side of the circle is facing you.  You’ll snip a 2 to 2/12” opening in the back.  Be sure just to snip the large circle and not the oval or cheesecloth you’ve sewn to the circle.

Using some polyester stuffing, stuff the flower center using the hole you just snipped.  Once you’ve finished stuffing them, stitch the backs closed with a needle and thread.

Using the glue gun, attach one of the remaining circles to the back of the sunflower.  This will finish the back of the flower.  Once your glue has dried, clip the two circles to form some petals.  If desired, you can stiffen the fabric with some starch or fabric stiffener.  We used starch for our project.

Set your three flowers aside.

For the Leaves

Stencil the leaf design on felt.  Since we’re using paint for our stencil, you’ll want to heat set it once the paint has dried.  Do not cut the leaves out yet.  You’ll want to stencil and cut nine leaves.  Here all nine leaves were stenciled using the same stencil without washing between leaves.

Paint the leaves with some ink.  This will take some time to dry.  Be patient.  This could take several hours to overnight.  Do not use an iron to speed the drying process.  The ink may fade.

While the leaves are drying, you’ll want to use the floral tape to wrap the dowels. You’ll notice in the picture below that two of our dowels are painted white – we’re recycling them.  The white won’t show at the base of the dowel.

Using the hot glue, glue the dowel to the back of the sunflower.

Once your leaves have dried, you can glue a piece of floral wire to the back of each leaf. We used three 16” lengths of green floral wire.

Using another strip of floral tape, wrap and add three leaves to the dowel.  Repeat for each flower.

The container used for this project is a rusted #10 can.  You can use something else, but this was perfect for the setting we chose.  Did you know that you can rust a can easily using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, salt, and vinegar?  Your metal can should be clean and you should do a test to make sure that your surface will rust. Be sure to use the combination in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective eye gear and gloves.  You can spray or pour the mixture over the can and let the can sit in the “sauce” for a few minutes.  Turn the can to expose another area and repeat until the desired amount of rust has occurred.  Remove the can, set it on a surface that won’t be damaged by the mixture, and dispose of the mixture according to local ordinances.  Spray the can with a sealer as the “rust” will flake off if there is sufficient build-up.

Place a piece of floral foam in the can. The foam should fill the can and sit about ¼ to ½ inch below the lip of the can.  Stick the dowels in the foam.  Add some moss to cover the foam.

Add a cheesecloth knot and a tag or other embellishment as desired.

Your fall piece is now ready for display!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this project and if you feel inspired to create one of your own, we hope you’ll share it with us.  Let us know by using the hashtags #creativefabrica and #nurtureyrheart.  We’d love to see your makes.

For additional inspiration, visit Jan’s page here or her blog.

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Stenciled Prim Sunflower Trio

Peggy Oliver

October 1, 2022

I love it! great fall project Jan.

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Jan Hunter

October 2, 2022


Thanks, Peggy.

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