8.03.2010

Tutorial Tuesday - Fabric Flowers

Have you ever seen these gorgeous fabric flowers for sale here and there, and thought to yourself... I wish I could make those!! I thought that, too. I mean, hello, I've got four daughters. I found a few tutorials, and got right to work trying my hand at them. SO EASY! Let me tell ya... No, let me SHOW ya~!  ;)  (I hope you don't mind the detour from Photoshop Tutorials this week)

What you are going to need first are 5-7 circles in varying sizes. I started out with about a 2" circle and cut out each successive one about a half inch bigger each time. I used my fiskars circle cutter, but you could just use different sized cups and containers to trace them.

You can keep those circle patterns for future flowers. Okay, now you'll need some synthetic fabric (must be synthetic so it will MELT and not just burn). Look for the silky/shiny type stuff. You can just get some from the clearance section for mucho cheapo. You also don't need much at all. You'll also need a candle, scissors, hot glue gun, a button or gem for the flower center, and a pencil or pen for tracing the pattern onto the fabric.
As you can see, above, I traced the paper circles onto the fabric (I used two different colors, but you can do them all in one color) and cut out the circles. Now, light the candle and hold a fabric circle about 1-2 inches above the flame. You will see the edge start to melt and curl in a bit. Different fabric melts at different rates, you'll have to experiment. Keep melting around the entire edge of the circle.

Repeat with all of the circles and you'll get circles that now look something like this:

Simply hot glue each layer down, one size layered on top of the size just larger until you've assembled all of the pieces. Then glue your button or gem to the center. You'll get a flower that looks like this:

Simple as that! Now, you can attach to a barrette or pin and wear it on your head, on your purse, on your bag... whatever! Now, if you want the flower to have more defined looking petals, simply use your scissors to make 6 small snips in towards the center of the circle around the edge of the circle - then continue with the melting steps.

Did that make sense? I love making these, and you'll find SO many cute uses for these gorgeous, sassy blossoms.



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9 comments:

Jenn said...

Love this I may have to go make a certain princess a pretty flower clip.

Lynn said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! I have a friend who made a ton of these for everyone (of the female type) to wear at her wedding. It was SO fun!

Frolicking Night Owl said...

Thank you! I keep spending $$ on these kinds of flowers. LOoks like something for a fun girls night activity!!

Michelle said...

What a coincidence, I just made a bunch of these yesterday :-)

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

This is so stinking cute! How simple as well! Thanks so much for this tutorial!!

Nancy W said...

Great tutorial! The House of 3 girls would be oh so impressed with this awesome tutorial!

Jeanette said...

Awesome tutorial!! Just linked up on my blog!

http://jkmade.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-hairbows.html

Congrats on the How Does She! I love that site too!

Invisigirl said...

I love this idea! What a great way to dress up the inexpensive hair bands :)

Suzanne said...

Wow I have always wondered how they were made! Thanks for showing. You are the greatest!