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The Dresden Flower Pot: Easy Applique With Charm Packs!

The Dresden Flower Pot: Easy Applique With Charm Packs!

Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. Every time I do a trunk show, I show this wall hanging. I’ve fallen in love with
the Dresden, and I show a lot of different Dresden things, and this is one of them. And
one of the reasons I did this is because I’ve used all different parts of the Dresden from
the large tip to the middle to, to the smallest part on the Dresden. And it just makes a really
fun wall hanging. And so I wanted to do a tutorial for that because everybody keeps
asking about it. And so, here it is. The other thing that’s going to be fun about this
is that, this is really into… like a window into how my brain works, so you’ll get to
see how I figure things out. So what we’re going to do, need for this,
this is made with one charm pack. And then we’re going to have some yardage so we’re
going to have about a quarter of a yard for our pot, about a quarter of a yard for our
circles, and about a quarter of a yard for our stems and leaves. And this is probably
going to be more than you need. It’s, it’s kind of a scrappy thing, but I do, I do know
that you are going to need one charm pack. So, we’re going to do that. I’m going
to make it out of this bright color. This is Windham Fabrics. It’s “Basic Brights”,
so it’s always available and it’s just really this fun, happy, bright charm pack.
Lots of fun in there. So, the first thing I’m going to do is,
I’m going to cut some of my charms in half. And the reason I’m going to do this is because
I am going to make this edge right here. When I sew these pieces together this is going
to tell me how tall my background piece needs to be. And then I’m going to sew this picket
fence together right here. And that’s going to tell me how wide my background needs to
be. So I start with my pieces, and you can see right here, I have my picket fence and,
let me show you how easy it is to do this. So we’re just going to take one of these
charms right here and we’re going to cut it in half. Just right in half. So now you’re
going to take your 2 ½ by 5 inch strip and you’re going to fold it in half, like this,
and we’re going to sew straight across the top. Just that simple. So let’s come over
here and we’ll do that. I’m going to go a quarter of an inch in,
and I’m going to backstitch this a little bit–not totally necessary, but I don’t
really want it to come out. So then I’m going to trim off these threads, right here,
and I’m going to trim this point a little bit, just to take some of bulk out. And when
I flip this, it now becomes a picket, it has a little picket on the top. We can iron that
down. So we’re just going to press this down and this is going to give you that cute
picket look. And you’re going to cut 12 of those and sew them together. So once you get your 12 pieces sewn together,
that’s going to give you the width for your background fabric. And then I went ahead and
sewed 8 half charms together and that gives me the height of my background fabric. And
so, so that’s just a good thing to go on. However tall you want it, you’re going to
sew that many halves together. You know, and you can decide. This one is a little bit shorter,
but this… you really can make this your own, and so, you know, don’t be afraid if
you decide you only want, you know, eight of these. You know, whatever you want to do,
you can do. And so, I’m just telling you how I think and how I got the measurements
for this one. So, I put 12 of these, these picket fences together right here and I’m
going to pin those on and so just to hold it on there. So when I go to sew these down, you can stitch
these just like you’d stitch binding so, you know, it would just work that easy. So
then this piece is going to come over here on the side, like this, and I’m going to
make sure it matches up and it’s going to match up just perfectly. So, I have two of
these sides right here. One more, where is it? Oop, here it is, right here. So here’s
my other side, like that, and we’re going to sew our sides on, and then we’re going
to sew, put in a piece across the top right here, like that. So that’s going to give
us our frame to work with and then we just have to create our pot and flowers. Now, the flowers are really fun. So, with
my flowers, I made three different sizes. I made this big size, I made the five inch
size, and I made the little tiny two inch size. So, let’s start with the small one
and show you how to do that. Now, remember, you’re just making Dresden, so any way you
want to do them, I mean, they work the same. They’re, you don’t have to be worried
or confused, they all, they all work the same, you just cut them and you’re good to go. So let’s start with the baby flower, and,
what I did with that was I took three, I wanted to make them blues and yellows, so, I took
three of those, like this. Three charms only, and I folded them in half, like this. Then,
I took my Dresden tool, and I laid it right on the edge, just like this. So you can see
right here, if I cover the whole thing, that’s a 2 ½ inch Dresden blade, and I’m going
to cut, I’m going to go ahead and cut these, like this. Don’t want them to move, like
that. And then I’m going to cut another one, I’ll
turn my blade up this way, keeping it on the 2 ½ inch line, and then bring my blade back
around, like this. Let me make sure. That slid a little bit, so I can fix that right
here, right now. Take that corner out, and then we’re going to cut these in half. So,
these are tiny little Dresdens and, you can use your ruler, it’s probably better than,
than guessing, but the fun thing about a Dresden is that they’re all done exactly the same
way and they look like you just worked so hard when, really, all you did was, just like
the picket fence, we take the white end, we fold it right sides together, and then we’re
just going to sew this straight across. So, I’m going to sew a few of these so you can
see what happens. So, I’ve got these little tiny ones here.
I line them up right sides together, fold them, sew a quarter of an inch, then I’ve
got another one in there, and I’m going to just slide the next one in, and one more.
And then I’m going to cut these apart, and you’re going to do this to all of these.
You need 18 of these to make the little, tiny flower. So here’s my little, my little guys,
and you’ll see, just going to clip out that little front part right there and flip, and
there’s your little tiny Dresden. How adorable is that? So you’re going to do that, you’re
going to do that 18 times and with three charms you’ll get enough to do, you’ll get plenty
of those. So, here’s my little flower, right here, and I’m just going to stick him on
here for a minute, and then we’re going to talk about the medium flower. The medium flower is the easiest one to me
because it’s… you use two squares, and we’re going to pull out an orange and…
how about this fun polka dot one? And you’re going to use the Dresden up to the five inch
mark, like this, and we’re going to cut our blade. I’m going to go over, over to
the edge here, cut our blade this way and that way. And then we’re going to flip this
and cut the next one, just like this. So you’re going to cut 10 charm packs up, which is going
to give you 20 blades. You’ll need 20 blades for this big flower. So then, of course, we’re
just doing the same thing. We’re going to go over and we are going to fold these and
sew these and I’ll do that to a couple of these. Once I realized I could make a Dresden, you
know, the Dresden was really my unicorn, I just really, gosh, you know, they looked so
difficult to me. And I just didn’t know I could make one. And once I realized I could,
I started seeing Dresdens everywhere. You know, they were, they were in flower pots,
on Christmas things, I made a Dresden turkey, I did all kinds of things with it because
I knew I could do it and I just, oh, I just fell in love with it. So, this wall hanging
came from, from that excitement of realizing that I really could make a Dresden. So then we’re going to iron this down and
I’ll iron this one too, and then, basically, you just lay these right sides together and
you do a quarter inch seam all the way down on the side, and when you get 20 of those
together, you’re going to have your, your big flower, like this. This is going to be
your big pieces. Now, sometimes these don’t lay exactly flat. And, and if you just steam
them a little bit, they’ll lay down, but if you find you have, like, really big gaps
or something like that, you can just take in your seams a little bit and that will work.
You know, you just want it to be flat because you’re going to cover all this up with a
circle. So then we’ve got the big flower. Now, this
big flower, I love the look of it, this. It’s a little bit more tricky, because, what we’re
going to do on it is, we are going to use the whole wide part of the Dresden up here.
So, I’m going to kind of center this on here and I’m going to put a little mark
like this, and I’m going to mark on either side because if we use this wide end down
here as the bottom, our flower is going to be like this huge and we want it to be small,
tiny. So then we’re going to slide our Dresden down here like this, keeping it in the middle
and we’re going to mark, mark our little, our little point, and we’re going to draw
a line from the wide side to the small side, like this. And then we’re just going to cut that off.
You don’t actually have to draw the line if you just want to rotary cut it as you match
up your ruler. Sometimes it’s nice to see that drawn line. So this is going to be the
blade for our big flower. So then, what we’re going to do, again, fold it right sides together,
sew straight across the top, and you can layer those in probably four. I would say you don’t
want to do too much more than four, it gets a little hard to cut. So then here is this big guy, and we’re
going to flip him and iron him. And you can see that we get a petal that looks like this
that is going to fit right in there. And just, I mean, it just comes out with this darling,
little flower. So now let’s talk about our pot for a minute.
I’ve made our pot using the, the big tumbler template. So, I used this template and cut
out the pot. One of the things that I did was I ironed under all the edges a quarter
of an inch. And, remember, with this kind of stuff there’s several ways to applique:
you can do some iron-on on this and just press it down, you can machine stitch raw applique,
but I’m to use this as a hand project, so I’m going to sew along this edge just like
I would normally applique a Dresden blade onto the front of a, of a square or anything.
I’m just going to sew them on by hand and I’ll show you how to do that a little bit
later because that’s a really easy stitch. I call it a ladder stitch. It’s a binding
stitch. So now I have my pot and I have my three flowers
and we need a stem. So what I’ve done is I’ve cut 2 ½ inches of, of a green for
my stem, and I’m just going to fold this in half and iron it. This is a really, really
cool way to do stems because they just go together, it just lays down so nice and it
looks like you appliqued and spent a lot of time on it. So what I’m going to do now
is, I’m going to measure out a stem for this flower and I’m just kind of going to
cut that off, and I’m going to measure a stem for this flower and cut that off, and
I’m going to measure a stem for this flower and cut that one off. You might want to move
that one up there just a little bit. It’s always a good idea to give you some, a little
bit of extra room. Now, with the rest of this piece, I”m going to make some Dresden leaves.
Now, I don’t have Dresden leaves on here, but I’m going to make Dresden leaves out
of this because I can– because we can do Dresdens out of everything. Alright, so I’m going to lay this down here,
like this, and I think I might want three leaves, so I’m just kind of folding up my
piece and I’m going to put it on the, well, you can put on any size you want. I’m going
to use the four, I think, and just cut out three little blades. I’m going to have to
turn this around and there we go, cut this other side. It doesn’t always work for me
to cut going the other direction. Make sure this top piece is flat, and then we’re just
going to sew this across, like this, and make our leaves, and it’s just exactly the same
thing. One thing I do different on the leaf is when I, because this is going to be a stand
alone leaf, when I fold it like this, I’m just going to fold it, and then I’m going
to press these sides under a quarter of an inch. So they’re just on there ready to
go. Just like this, on both sides. And then this makes a cute leaf, and you can just set
it up under that stem. Now let me show you how I do this stem, because
this is a really, really fun way to do stems. I’m going to, going to move some of these
things off of here, I’m going to draw a line where I want my stem to go, alright,
I’m going to draw a line right here, this is where I want my short stem to go, I’m
going to draw a line right here, this is where I want my long stem to go, and I’m going
to draw a line over here, because this is where I want this stem to go. And so now I’m
going to take this, this backing right here, and I’m going to sew my stems on. And the
stem, this is a really fun way to, anytime you need to applique any kind of a stem, this
is a really cool way to do it. So what we’re going to do is, we’re going
to lay our stem piece right on the line, just on, like that. And we’re going to sew over
here a quarter of an inch, okay? So, let’s do that, real quick. When you need a stem
for anything, this is a great way to do it. Alright, so a quarter of an inch. And I’m
going to go ahead and put on all three of these stems. So now that I have these stems all sewn on
here, we take it to the ironing board and we’re just going to fold this over, just
like that, and it gives you one side that is completely finished and sewed on, and all
you have to do is either topstitch or hand sew down the other side, and it’s a really
easy way to put on a stem, and we don’t have to worry about the top or the bottom
because the pot is going to cover the bottom. So, let’s add our pot now. We’ll put that
right on there and I’ll pin it on, just like this. We’ve got our sides that got
all messed up because I whipped it apart, and our top, we’ve got our three big flowers:
here’s our, our little, tiny one, here’s our big one, and then here’s the giant,
big one up here. And now we need to do the circles for the center. That’s really all
that’s left. We’ve even done our leaf. Where’s our leaf? Here it is. We’ve done
our leaf, and you can do two or three of those, I like to kind of set them in at an angle
right there, and now we have to do the center for our circles. So, to make a circle for the middle of your
flower, you’re going to look around your house, and you’re going to find something
that is going to be the size you want. Now, I like my circles to be different sizes, so
I’ll be making different circles, but this is a way to make a circle that’s kind of
foolproof; that’s kind of fun to do. You’re going to trace a circle around whatever
object you have, whatever size, and you’re going to just sew right on this circle line
and just enclose a circle. You’re going to have two pieces, right sides together,
and we’re going to enclose that circle. So, let’s just line these up, and we’re
just going to follow this around in a circle here. So, you’re just going to go around
this whole entire circle and, you want to be careful to stay right on that line you’ve
drawn, and just go all the way around and we’re almost there. Alright, there we are. Now what we’re going to do is trim this.
So, here’s my scissors, and I’m going to trim around it, like this, just leaving
about a quarter of an inch, just like this. And then I’m going to pull these apart,
like this, and the one I want to be the back, I’m just going to cut a little clip in,
like this, just make a little V, and then I’m going to turn it right from that hole.
Push the whole circle through. And I’m going to take my finger and I’m gonna run around
the whole edge, like this, so that it makes a nice, flat circle. And then I’m going to come over here and
press it. It should have a nice, round-y circle. If you stayed on that line, it will make a
nice, round circle, you won’t have any edges to turn under, and it will just look really
cute in the middle of your flower. So, if I did it on that flower, look how cute that
would be. I mean, it’s just big and fat. It’s cute on this one also, and it’s even
cute on this one. So, this you could use the same size, but I think the different sizes
are fun. You know, it just gives it a little different dimension. I have different sized
circles on here, and you can see how the circle completely changes the look of the flower. So, the last thing you need to do is, you
need to attach everything. So, I’m going to show you that good ladder stitch that I
like to use. And, and it’s just, it’s just really easy. Honestly, if you can hem
pants, you can do this. It just goes really well. So, I’m left-handed and so I’m going
to have to start from this side. And what I’m going to do is, I’m going to line
up my little picket fence, right along the edge of here, and this is the same stitch
that you’re going to use on everything. So, let me get this, get this stuff up here.
I’ve just knocked everything off, but it goes back pretty easy. So, I’m going to
come through from the back, through the fold, right like that. So, I’m through that fold,
I’m going to go right back down where I came out, and I’m going to come up about
a quarter of an inch and come right back out. I’m just going to go along and do this,
go straight down and come up about a quarter of an inch. They don’t have to be tiny or
tight together, because all we’re going to do is quilt over the top of these so we’re
just coming out the fold, going straight down. Here’s some renegade threads there. Coming
out this fold, going straight down, and coming down. Now, if you want to, you could machine stitch
all these. You could do a blanket stitch, you could, you know, do a straight stitch
across here, you could do all kinds of things. I kind of like to have some handwork to take
with me in the car or to sit and do with my husband when he’s watching TV at night,
and so I really like this kind of handwork because it doesn’t have to be careful or
perfect, It just has to hold it down, because I am going to literally quilt from one side
of this to the other. Take a look at this one. You can see it’s a small stipple, and
I just quilted straight across the sides and even though I’ve, I’ve taken the time
to sew these down by hand, I haven’t had to take tiny, little stitches or, you know,
do anything that, you know, is hugely heroic in attaching this stuff down. So, I hope you enjoy making one of these Dresden
flower wall hangings, and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC.

86 comments found

  1. I love making dresdens! Besides all the size options, I love that you can sew the point straight across just above the cut edge onto the backing and make it dimensional. I probably didn't explain that well!

  2. I made a flower using the brights too. Love it. It is the only quilt that hangs in my craft room. I used ricrac for the stem. I adore the idea of a pot of flowers. Next up! Thanks.

  3. Love this! Definitely going to make this one! Just finished a Dresden table runner after watching one of your other tutorials and was so happy with the results and that I could do it! Can't wait to make this to hang on my front door! Thanks Jenny!

  4. This is really cute Jenny!  Love the brights for this! I remember that "stem" trick from BOM class. Now, the circle trick… I love those too.

  5. wow, what a great project, love, love this one as well. hmm me thinks there is another project coming up, thanks again for this project and for all of them. great work

  6. This is adorable.  I made my brother a sprocket pillow based on that video.  Now my sister's birthday is coming up so I should make her a dresden based gift too!  Thanks for you great tutorials.

  7. Amazing little Dresden Flower Pot ~ so much easier to make now than the last time I made the Dresden. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Just love the Dresden Flower pot design and so happy that you have done a tutorial on it.  Just recently saw your presentation in Pittsburgh and you showed this in your trunk show and loved it!  Thanks for this and all your tutorials.

  9. Love Dresdens, but didn't know it could be so easy.  I noticed you used a ball-point pen.  Don't you have to worry about the ink bleeding?  Thanks!  I LOVE your videos.

  10. I have yet to make dresdens, but after watching this one im might have to make some. I'm finishing up my tumbler runner out of the new book that I stated yesterday.

  11. So adorable! I have a baby quilt to make by August. I'm thinking this would make a cute baby girl quilt, maybe make it a little bigger and scallop the border. What do you think? Thank you, Jenny!

  12. Very cute.  This makes me want to try dresdens.  Loving the MSQC logo quilt off to the side. Maybe a tutorial on that someday??

  13. Jenny I watched you make the dresden square with the black background and fell in love with it. My first quilt was made with large dresdens on 20 inch squares.  You truly created a monster.  Thanks for all the great tutorials.

  14. Love your flower pot.  Do you still use batting and a backing fabric?   I am new to quilting and have questions on how to finish it.  Do you also add a binding?

  15. Perfect use for Dresden blades!  I never thought of doing my "pickets" as you've shown, but from now on I will.  I hope you can include this in one of the future Block books (the quality is too nice to be considered a magazine, IMO)!! 

  16. So lovely, Jenny!  I can't wait to try making this lovely project!

    Q:  Is there a pattern for the lovely chicken next to your sewing machine?  Please do share!  Thanks!

  17. I just love the middle size  dresden with  half the fans. Please  do a runner or quilt block  with that pattern. I love all your videos

  18. I do have difficulty hemming pants! 😉  Nevertheless, I am trying this with some fall charms I have! How fun!!

  19. I got my daily fix!!! I love how easy you make everything for us viewers. Thanks so much. Can't wait to make this!

  20. About how much yardage did you use for the background fabric? Also, what charm pack did you use for the one on the wall?

  21. I have not done any quilting or applique But I have lots of lovely pieces of material thank you for showing me how

  22. Jenny, you've cheered me up on a grey wet day. You always make me smile. Thank you so much for your generous tutorials and your lovely friendly style xxx

  23. I was thinking that maybe you could cut out the middles of the dresden flowers and not have to cover up so much with the circle and use the cut offs for something else  maybe other flowers or wheels of some sort, worth a try just to see, just a little time and if all else fails a little ripping out..lol… love all the tutorials :O)

  24. Loved the way she made it look so easy. And t looks like it wil turn out beautiul. Also .how simple it lookked. I am just starting to sew again after 50 years because of having two young Great Grandsons. I love to learn new things and my Kindle and Nook are so handy to search for new sewing ideas. It's much more comfortable than getting on my Computer.

  25. Me gustan todos los tutoriales estan tan bien esplicados todo lo hace tan facil ella es genial simptica me encanta

  26. Me gustan todos los tutoriales estan tan bien esplicados todo lo hace tan facil ella es genial simptica me encanta

  27. I enjoyed your modern Baltimore applique hanging Jenny. Some really good twists on the traditional.  I think you are brilliant.  Thanks again for sharing. Regards shelagh x

  28. Hi jannine.
    yes cut away the circle underneath and add a backing, just like Jenny did with her circles. Turn through and a pieced circle to use. Hope that makes sense

  29. How many charm packs does it take to make the whole thing including border?
      In the opening she says one.  But I have a hard time believing it is just one for the whole thing.

  30. I didn't realize that the Dresden template that I have is shorter than the one you used which wasn't a problem for the 5" blades or the 2-1/2" blades, but my fat petal flowers didn't come out right; I had to stitch closer at the narrow end to make the flower lay flat. I'm still working on it. I'll be making more than one of these for gifts.

  31. Thank you Jenny, I made the dresden flower pot and a blankie of falling charms for my daughter from only two charm packs, the Story Book Playtime. It came out great, I am still working on quilting them now !

  32. what type of dresden tool did you use?  I am going to make mine from template material I already have on hand – recycle saves everyone!

  33. Thanks @MissouriQuiltCo ! You have made me obsessed with Dresden's.  It's something I thought of as way too hard.  I'm having so much fun with them!  
    I would add two tips for anyone making this Dresden Flower Pot project . 
    First while picking out charm packs for this project: 1) make sure your charm pack is at least 38 charms in it (most do- some have more. However, a few have less) 2) make sure none of the fabrics are solid lights especially if there are just 38 charms.  3) Be bad and just go ahead and buy two charm packs- it will give you more options in mixing colors for the flowers!  YOU CAN do it without buying two.  But make sure you look through all of them first.  I say be safe and buy two.   
    Second, if you already have a dresden ruler and it is shorter than the one she uses.  You can make them with an 8" dresden template using the same technique she uses for the fat flower.  However, you need 12 petals instead of 10. Obviously it won't be as "fat" at the ends as hers.  But it is still different enough from the other two styles that I think it looks fine.  Be sure to get the extra charm pack as I mentioned above if you have to do this!  (Because you can still only cut one per charm.)
    Also IF you get the extra charm pack.  I was able to use a dark color from the pack for the center of the flowers.  My centers are not as large as hers, but I think they look pretty.

  34. Do you think it would work out if I layered everything before attaching the flowers, stems, pots, etc with machine applique?  I would use my walking foot.

  35. What a cute clever and quick project!  This would even make a lovely baby blanket. I think I'll do one with a blue background, thanks for sharing!

  36. Take note… Pat is using a 9 1/2 inch Dresden template. She does not mention that. Also, in her quarter book the directions start with the Dresden flowers first, which for me made more sense. If you start with border and use a lot of different designs won't have enough for flowers. Lessoned personally learned.

  37. I have just finished my first Dresden  plate, thanks to you. My next one will be the Dresden  flower pot with charms. thank you so much! I look forward to your next tutorial.

  38. The dresden is my new favorite, am making Christmas tree skirts for Christmas gifts. This makes it so much easier. Thanks for doing these vidieos.

  39. Jenny, I've really got to stop watching your tutorials in the evening…..10pm on a Saturday night is not the most logical time to decide to start a project!!   I have your Dresden template and have decided to whip up a small wall hanging for my sewing room!!  Halfway through and having so much fun!

  40. I just finished this pattern but not much on "quilting" yet. Any other ideas on quilting. Can you do a straight line that would look like a trellis?

  41. what charm packs and layer cakes did you use to make the brown, blue, red, and yellow dresden flower pot quilt that's hanging behind you?

  42. Hi I am working on this project right now. I am so in love with the colors you used. Can you tell me which charm pack to you used for the one on the wall. Thanks

  43. I finally started my dresden pot. I am loving it, I may go crazy with the baby one. OMG I kept saying how cute is this. as soon as I am done Ii will post for you. My thoughts 3 years ago was to make a wall hanging, the one I am working on will decorate my front door. LOVE it !! did you ever do a dresden butterfly? if so can you link me to the toot, I need one at least.. PS the tumbler fits a wayward 10" sq.

  44. I haven't done yet quilt. I don't even know yet. So, what's the name of the ruler that has vase shape in some area of the ruler. The reason I hesitate to do quilting is the cost. For instance, if I make something in quilt and want to sell it will be hard to sell because it's costly doing quilting and the sale price will be high. Am I wrong? Please advise.

  45. The only thing NOT coming out of that studio are comments like "Oh shoot!!", "Oh darn!!", "drat it!!", "Ouch!!" and such. hahaha That's what comes out of mine!!! Thanks, Jenny, for everything you've given me, or all of us for that matter.

  46. I wish y’all would re-do this tutorial. The year on this video is 2014. And in my opinion the camera person is to far away from you to really see everything your doing.

  47. Jenny, this is an adorable project … perfect for a friend who loves appliques. I'm trying to find your first tutorials so that I can start from the beginning and move forward in time with them. Is there any way you have them on YouTube that are in the order (or close to it) that you made them? Been looking at your tutorials for about a year now, but never dreamed you've been doing them for 10+ years. Bless you, lady, for all the time, effort and sharing your knowledge with us freely. It is greatly appreciated.

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