Lesson 3
Perfect Pattern #2018
"Making the Petals"

With photo's and instructions by Marsha Olson
(printout: 6 pages)

1. Using white tissue paper, trace the petal patterns:
Leave enough space around each tracing to cut apart for ease in handling.
5 of Petal #1
7-9 of Petal #2
7-9 of Petal #3
7-9 of Petal #4
7-9 of Petal #5
The tracing lines are the stitching lines for the petals.
The tissue tracings will be used the same way as the gloves.
For soft fabrics with little body such as chiffon or tulle,
you may want to make the 9 petals in each row rather than 7.
This would be your choice if you are looking for a fuller look.


2. Right sides together, treat your petal fabric and petal
lining as one piece of fabric. Pin the tissue petal tracings
to the fabric. If you are using a fabric with a design, you
may want to cut the tissue tracing apart and pin them to the
fabric separately to take advantage of the design.

3. Using a short stitch length, and starting from the
right upper corner of tissue tracing, lockstitch and
straight stitch around the petal following the guide line.
4. Lockstitch again at the left upper corner,
leaving the top edge open to turn.

If your machine has the option, set the needle to stop in
the 'down' position. That helps when sewing curves and
turning corners.

5. Trim the opening just above the lockstitching.

6. Remove the tissue paper by tearing along the stitching lines.
7. Trim close to the stitching around the edges.
7. Turn the petal and press flat with a steam iron.
Be careful, a hot iron can melt delicate fabrics.

Make all the petals following the same instructions.

8. Starting with the center petal of each row, overlap (1/4") the
edges of each petal going in opposite directions from the center petal.
9. Pin petals together in rows according to size. 5 rows.
10. Staystitch a scant 1/4" from the edge of all rows of petals.
11. Finish the raw edge of all 5 rows with a small zig-zag.