A couple of weeks ago, I made a sunflower. Hooked center, proddy petals, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it. Of course, instead of figuring that out, I made a few more. After checking out Pinterest, of course, my first three now look like this, and I love them!!
So I made a few more with the thought of creating a swag or banner. But, since the flowers are kind of heavy, they just droop, face-down when hung up. Finally, after brainstorming with my neighbor, we came up with curtain tiebacks! Since they have been met with some popularity, I’ve put together some instructions (with pictures) on how to make them. If I’ve left anything out, or you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email.
Sunflower Curtain Tiebacks
Backing - linen or monks cloth
Center - 15 #8 strips, 17” in length
Petals - 20 - 1/2” strips, 6” in length
Backing material - 5 to 6 inch circle for each sunflower.
Ribbon Tie - Ribbon of your choice. I used 1” wide and 42” long satin ribbon. The length is completely up to you.
Draw the middle of your sunflower onto your backing. This can be whatever type of backing you use, linen, monks cloth, or rug warp. These centers are 3” around. The strips next to each row will be the hooked center and are cut into #8s/1/4” wide. The two pieces of wool are the petals.
Here are the petals. I measured them at 6” long and 1/2” wide. This size is easily torn after snipping the edges. These petals ended up being pretty floppy, so if you want your petals to stand up, make them 4 or 5” in length. Once you have your strips, take two or three at a time, and trim the edges to an oval shape. I used an oval shape, but feel free to make yours any shape you’d like.
Hook your centers, then start adding your petals. Hooking your petals is considered proddy hooking, but I simply used a crochet hook to attach the petals. Picking a starting point, put your hook into a space right next to your center. Holding your petal underneath the backing with your other hand, use your hook to grab one side of the petal and pull it all the way through to the front. Move your hook two or three spaces away from the first half of the petal, insert your hook, and grab the other half of the petal and pull through. Depending on your backing, it may be a bit of a struggle to pull this wide of a strip through, so just take your time to avoid shredding your petal. You will follow the circle around while doing this.
Continue this process around the outside edge of your sunflower center until it is surrounded by petals.
Step back to admire your work…..and check for any spaces or backing showing through.
Once your completely satisfied with your sunflowers, cut them apart, making sure you leave at least three inches on each flower backing so you can comfortably serge or zigzag around the edges.
After you’ve secured the edges, hand sew a wide running stitch around the edge (under the serged edge), and gather it toward the center. Tie the running stitch off, and secure the middle so it lays flat. At this point, I steam the center, front and back. This allows your center loops to pop and lets the gathered back lay even flatter.
Next, take your backing material, and hand sew it to the back. now, I’m not a seamstress, so you may have an easier/neater way to do this. If so, do it! :o) This is just the way I did it. As I go around, I just tuck the edges under as I sew it.
Take your ribbon and pin it to the back of your sunflower. Make sure your ends are even. Hand sew the ribbon onto the back by just using a straight stitch along each side. By doing it this way, you lessen the “droop” of the flower.
When finished, tie it to your curtain, and if needed, a small hook on the wall hidden by your curtains.
A few things to keep in mind…..the length of your ribbon is completely up to you. I like having some of the ribbon kind of “flowy” on the back of the curtain…..if you want your petals to be droopy, then six inches is perfect. If you prefer them to stand up, shorten your petals when cutting them to five or even four inches. Just remember that you will trim a bit off when rounding off the edges……petal edges - they can be rounded, pointed, or even squared off, completely up to you.
Have fun with these, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments, or drop me an email.