I would love to gift all my friends and myself a bunch of pretty flowers this Valentine’s day but cut flowers cost a lot! Therefore, I have tried to find a way of making a little go a long way without too much compromise so that you can spread the love this year. February is great for early Spring flowers (forget red roses!) like Anemones, Paperwhites, Tulips and Hyacinths so I grabbed a handful of them from Borough Market the other day, which cost about £15 in total. I decided to make them into tiny posies with a handprinted pouch for my girlfriends – an easy way to make a teeny tiny bunch of blooms extra special.
You will need
– Bunch of flowers
– Calico or cotton
– Dylon fabric paint and plastic bag to protect table
– Pencil with an eraser tip
– Sewing machine or needle and thread
– Twine or ribbon
– Kitchen roll and clingfilm
– Fabric scissors
Step by step
1. Cover the table with a plastic bag. use the eraser tip of a pencil to print spots on the fabric. Once it is dry iron it to set the paint.
2. Cut the printed fabric into strips 30 x 14cm.
3. Fold the strip in half, right sides together and pin it together. Sew up the sides of the pouch, leaving the top open.
4. I then printed Valentine’s messages using a stamp.
5. Gather your blooms and select a few for each posy, cutting down the stems to fit inside the pouches.
6. Saturate some folded kitchen roll and roll the posy up in this and cover it in clingfilm so no moisture leaks out.
7. Pop the posy into the pouch and tie it up with string or ribbon.
Your posies are ready for delivery to your best girls or boys.
Hope everyone feels the love this Sunday!