How to make velvet headboard decorations

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    Add glamour to your headboard with a spiralling flourish of exotic floral corsage.

    What you’ll need

    * Velvet fabric for the main flowers (we used Cardinal Silk, ref CS1, col Fawn, £188 a metre, De Le Cuona delecuona.co.uk)
    * Cotton or silk fabric for the leaves
    * Matching thread
    * Safety pins
    * Cord trimming and fabric glue (if using)

    Follow our step-by-step guide to making velvet flowers for your headboard.

    1)
    For each decoration cut the following in velvet: three 12cm squares for
    the ‘mushroom’ shaped petals; one 10cm circle for the centre; one 24cm
    circle for the outer circle. And the following from cotton or silk
    fabric: four 15cm by 8cm rectangles.

    2) To make each
    ‘mushroom’ shaped petal, fold a square of velvet in half wrong sides
    facing. With double thread and working through both layers of fabric,
    work running stitch along the three raw edges. Leave about 10cm to 15cm
    of hanging thread at your starting and finishing points.

    Begin gathering up the fabric, easing the gathers around each of the two corners towards the centre until the fold forms a ‘bonnet

    3) Begin gathering up the fabric,
    easing the gathers around each of the two corners towards the centre
    until the fold forms a ‘bonnet’ shape (see illustration above). Keep
    gathering until the two ends of the fold come together in the centre.
    Tie off to hold the gathers in place and trim off excess thread.

    4) Turn the flower over so the knot is at the back, then turn the folded edge over to the front (see illustration below).

    5) Repeat steps 2 to 4 to make two more flowers. Turn the flower over so the knot is at the back, then turn the folded edge over to the front.  Michael A Hall

    6)
    To make the small centre circle, with the fabric wrong side up, work
    running stitch all round the edge of the circle, leaving excess thread
    at your starting and finishing points. Holding the threads gently gather
    up the fabric, pulling it to the centre of the circle. Tie off and trim
    thread then flatten, positioning the ‘gathers’ on the underside of each
    piece. Repeat to make the larger circle.

    7) To make a leaf, take two rectangles of cotton or silk fabric
    and place one on top of the other, right sides facing and matching raw
    edges. Trim at one end into a leaf shape. Stitch all round taking a
    2.5cm seam and leaving the short, straight edge open. Trim seam
    allowance, turn through and press. Repeat to make the second leaf.

    Now you are ready to assemble all the pieces and attach them to your headboard.

    8)
    Place the large circle, gathered side up, on a flat surface and
    position the three ‘mushroom’ shaped petals in the centre. Once you are
    happy with their position, work a couple of slip stitches on each flower
    to hold it in place on the circle. Slip the two leaves under the circle
    so that the short straight end sits under the centre of the circle.
    Tack in place on the back of the circle.

    9) Thread a long
    needle with matching thread. With the small circle gathered side down,
    bring the needle from the back, through the centre and out to the front
    then place the circle in the centre of the ‘mushroom’ shaped petals so
    that the raw, gathered edges of the flowers are hidden. Push the needle
    back through all layers, including the two leaves, and bring it out at
    the back. Repeat to make another couple of stitches, working as if
    attaching a button and keeping the stitches as small and unobtrusive as
    possible.

    10) Repeat to make as many decorations as you require.

    11)
    Attach the flowers to your upholstered headboard using small safety
    pins or if you are covering a headboard at the same time, you can work
    the final ‘buttonhole’ stitching straight on to the fabric. If you like,
    finish with a scrolling cord trim, secured using minimal amounts of
    fabric glue.

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