The flower shape was actually inspired by a notebook I have:
I wanted a nice fat looking flower, with cute little stubby petals. I also wanted it to be a solid flower shape, so that I could make 2 motifs for each flower, stitch them together and stuff them to make the decorations. So that meant I had to come up with a flower design where the petals grew straight out of the centre, rather than being worked into a chain space, like you often see with flower motifs.
I'll try and explain with the aid of pictures how I did it:
To make the decoration you need:
Yarn: scraps of DK weight yarn in various colours - 2 colours for each motif. I used Rowan Pure Wool DK, but anything would do.
Needle to sew sides together
Stuffing or wadding
Motif pattern (make 2 in the same colours for each hanging flower).
In colour A Work 4 chain, join into a ring using a slip stitch
Round 1: 3 chain, work 11 trebles into ring, finish by slip stitching into top of 3 chain from start of round (12 stitches)
Round 2: 3 chain, work 2 trebles into each treble from last round, finish by working treble into same stitch as 3 chain. Slip stitch into top of 3 chain from start of round 2. 24 stitches
Round 3: 3 chain, work 1 treble into next stitch, then *2 trebles into following stitch, then 1 treble into next stitch. Repeat from * to end of round, joining with slip stitch to 3 chain at start of round. 36 stitches.
Round 4: Work slip stitch into first stitch, then 1/2 treble into next stitch, then 2 trebles into next stitch, then 2 trebles into next stithc, then 1/2 treble into next stitch then 1 slip stitch into next stitch. This makes one petal. Repeat until end of round - 6 petals.
Round 5: Change to colour B. Work into top of petals from last round, work 1 slip stitch into first stitch, 1dc into next stitch, 1 1/2 treble and 1 treble into next stitch, 2 trebles into next stitch, 2 trebles into next stitch, 1 treble and 1 1/2 treble into next stitch, 1 dc into next stitch and 1 slip stitch into next stitch. This forms edging for one petal. Repeat until end of round so that all 6 petals have edging. Complete by slip stitching into first stitch of round and fasten off.
I made 8 of these motifs (4 pairs) in different colours for my hanging decoration:
Now all that's left is to fasten off the loose ends, stitch motifs together by oversewing the edges (leave a gap to stuff the motifs before you finish sewing up.
Phew! I hope all that made sense, I am not a great pattern writer!
Actually you could make these out of cotton yarn and they could be cute coasters.
Well, I had better show the finished product!