This project was inspired by some buttons and the fact that I’ve forgotten to plant sunflowers for the tenth year in a row.
One of the craft blogs I read is Totally Tutorials. She has a great Exchange Program, where she links suppliers with bloggers. The blogger then creates a tutorial using the supplier’s items. When I saw Lots of Buttons come up last month, I was all over it.
Lots of Buttons is, clearly, a button supplier. They have a great selection…in fact, almost too good, because it took me forever to decide what to order!
This is almost like making two projects – the “quilt” base and the flower decorations, so let’s get to it. To make the quilt base, you’ll need:
Fabric A (the green strips on my project):
8 strips – 1 1/2” x 16”
2 strips – 1 1/2” x 22 1/2”
4 strips – 1 1/2” x 12 1/2”
Fabric B (green dots on mine):
9 strips – 1 1/2” x 16”
Backing fabric (I used the green dots):
25” x 16”
Batting (I used Warm and Natural cotton):
25” x 16”
Make sure to press the seams after each step. Starting with a B strip, sew 17 strips together, alternating B and A and ending with B.
Cut to 12 1/2” tall (so in the picture above, cut off the top). From the smaller section you cut off, cut two pieces, each 1 1/2” tall and 12 1/2” wide.
Sew a 12 1/2” strip of fabric A to each side of small strips.
Sew one to each side of the large section.
Sew the 23 1/2” pieces of fabric to the top and bottom.
Layer with the backing piece right side down, the batting, then the pieced section right side up. The pieced section will be smaller than the others, so try to center it. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Make sure all layers are smooth, then use lots of safety pins to hold everything together.
Quilt through all layers, either by hand or machine, in whatever pattern you choose. I also like to stitch very close around the outer edge to hold that in place.
Carefully cut only the batting even with the edge of the top. Cut the backing to 5/8” from the edge. Fold the edge of the backing in 1/4” and press.
Fold in 1/4” again, so the edge is covered.
Pin in place and stitch near the inner fold.
To make the flowers, you’ll need this pattern.
Cut leaves from green felt:
Flower centers from brown felt:
Petals from yellow or gold felt:
14 - 17 petals
Position one large and two small flower centers where you’d like them on the runner. Pin in place. Add the leaves on top, also pinning. Using three strands of embroidery floss, stitch down the center and across the flat end of each leaf. Remove pins.
Fold the corners of each petal in to overlap each other about 1/2” in the center. Pin.
Place flowers near the outer edge of the center, making sure the entire flat edge is inside. The number you use may vary slightly, depending on how close you put them together. Stitch in place, either by hand or machine.
Place the remaining flower centers on top, stitching around the outer edge with embroidery floss through all layers.
Group a few buttons in the center of each and stitch with embroidery floss.
If you’re looking for a quicker version of this, you can glue the flowers and buttons in place with hot glue.
I had some tiny green buttons I had originally planned to sew onto the leaves, but didn’t like the look once I laid it out, so instead I added a little monogram in one corner.
Somehow, I don’t feel so bad about not planting those sunflowers anymore.