Don't you just love this time of year? Blue skies, bright green budding trees, birds chirping and flowers popping up all over. To paraphrase Eliza Doolittle, isn't it loverly?
 
I am always looking for a little craft whips up quick but looks like it took forever. Pinterest is often my go to place for inspiration. How many hours have I been lost down that rabbit hole? Anyway, I happened upon a Russian (I think it's Russian) video tutorial showing how to make tulips from fabric. Score!
 

Here is the video so you can see just how easy they are to make:



This is what you will need:

1/2 yard green fabric for stems and leaves (makes a dozen)

Plastic or paper straws

Assorted  medium scraps for tulips, in tulip colors

Double stick tape

Needle and thread

Cardstock for leaf template

Polyester stuffing



And here are the fabric measurements in inches:



Leaf- 3 1/2 x 6 inches

Stem- 1 1/2 x 8 inches

Tulip- 3 x 5 inches



Follow the steps outlined in the video. Here's a few photos to help:



Lay the tape on the fabric, attach the straw and roll it up. Hand stitch seam closed.

So easy even Em can do it! 
No hot glue here. I kind of like my fingers.





The leaves are just a simple shape. Trace your pattern and stitch with a 1/4 inch seam.

Fold the leaf around the stem and stitch together.






Gather the bottom of the tulip and stitch to the stem in the back. Stuff and close the top.

Place your finished tulips in something cute, like your mom's antique syrup pitcher,  and enjoy your handiwork! 






You can make masses of them in just a few hours! If you do make your own bouquet of tulips, be sure to share them with us on the Facebook page. We love seeing what you make!




-Mins (aka Karin Smith)