11.11.2009

Weekend Getaway Project - Lovely Fabric Flowers

Okay, here is round two of our weekend projects - Lovely Fabric Flowers. In our experience, this project is best done while watching Mama Mia. And you really should sing along. And dance a little bit...or maybe that's just us.

Supplies:

Synthetic satin/chiffon fabric that will melt
Candle
Sharp scissors
Needle and thread
Seed beads


Begin by cutting several circles from your fabric, these will be your petals. It doesn't have to be perfect, just a general circular shape. In fact, with this project, wonky is good.

The more layers, the fuller your flower! Make each circle a bit smaller than the last - and if you are planning on needing a pair, cut out two of each size at once by folding the fabric in half. This way, your flowers will match.



Hold each circle of fabric over the flame until it begins to melt the very edges. Keep it moving, do it quick! It takes a light touch but once you get the hang of it, it's like riding a bike. Come on Pyro!



See how the melted edges cause the petal to cup? It's cool. It's nestable now!



Do you have some stubborn edges that are hard to reach? Try using a hand held lighter like Joy Beadworks is doing to catch those trouble spots like this:



Now, take your petals and nest them together. You can stick with one color and texture or mix it up! I got wild and crazy by mixing satin in brown and blue and some chiffon in black.



Now, with your needle and thread, sew up through the layers. String three seed beads onto the thread, then back through. You've just attached all your petals and gussied it up a bit.



Okay, now you have some lovely fabric flowers...So what? Well, come on, girl! Use your imagination!

You could make a tiny flower with your scraps and string it on with some beads like this:





Or,you could hit up your Costco $30 jacket, your tee shirt, your Dollar Store clutch, your SHOES! Oh, the possibilities are endless!



Are you feeling all crafty like Girl in the Sticks? Go ahead, raid your friends button box and make a Button Bracelet. It's your weekend, after all.



Okay, get together some eggs, Italian bread, shredded cheese, and one tube of Jimmy Dean sausage and we'll get you ready for your weekend breakfast tomorrow. You know what? Grab some seed beads and wire, too. I'll throw in another quick tutorial from Girl in the Sticks. Don't be late!



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32 comments :

  1. OMGosh! Your comment above the followers section cracked me up! I hopped over for your scarf tutorial and now I'm hooked! I just picked up some jersey fabric from the thrift store and hadn't decided on what to do with it... thanks for helping me decide!! :o)

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  2. I'm gonna do it! Yep, I think I have some of this fabric in my stock pile. They are so cute, thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. I love those! Of course, I would burn my house down trying to make those, but so cute!!

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  4. Ok, I've decided that your second, or third career should be a shoe model!

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  5. Hmmm, potential headbands for my girls. Once again, great, easy tutorial! And Joy Beadworks is correct ~ if you ever need another gig thats what you should do.

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  6. SO cool!! I'll have to try this one...I love how useful the fabric flowers are, you can put them anywhere! :)

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  7. I love the flower on the shoes!

    I am going to have to bookmark this.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I have been looking for a way to make fabric flowers for various projects! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. I love the pictures you post of the finished products and your ideas. You are a great model.

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  10. I just finished a 2 strand pearl necklace...but it needed something else...I was thinking a bow...but this is much better and totally easy to make...THANKS!!!!

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  11. Talk about timely!!! With today being Veterans Day/Remembrance Day, I was just lamenting the fact that I didn't order some poppy pins on etsy to wear for the day...this is the exact same technique used to make the pins! So forget ordering them...I'll just stop at the fabric store and get the materials to make my own!!

    I feel so empowered!

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  12. I was just stopping in to thank you for visiting on my SITS day!

    These fabric flowers are awesome. I am so not crafty, but I'm good at following directions! I'm going to give these a try.

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  13. I've just put this tutorial in my file of things to do...someday! I love these flowers and see them everywhere but hadn't figured out how to make them. Thank you!

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  14. My sister is the real crafty one. She would love this...and I would love getting one as a gift from her:) Come over for a visit. Holly at lifelaughlatte

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  15. geeezzz.....did we do all this???? We sure did pack a lot in!

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  16. I love how you alternated the colors on this. It really makes it luxe. Thanks tons, I'll be linking to this.

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  17. No way! That is simply too cool! What a great way to create a wonderful new fashion accessory and nurture you inner-pyro at the same time. i'm going to have to try this!

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  18. I love it! Another fun project I'm going to add to my list! :)

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  19. These are great! I plan on using them on some baby head bands! thanks for the tutorial!

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  20. I am so in love with these flowers!!! Thanks sooo much for the tutorial!! I linked you on my blog today!
    Hugs,
    Sariah

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  21. So clever I love these, cant wait to read more of your posts, i am now a stalker, I mean follower!! Sue

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  22. I am blown away! These are gorgeous! I am filing you away at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  23. What a great photo instruction for making Lovely Fabric Flowers". I was always afraid of making them. I should give it a try now. Thank you! Greatly admire your work. Thanks for sharing here..

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  24. These are so fun! I made some and linked to your blog. Hope that's okay!

    http://tmatthewsfineart.blogspot.com/2010/02/these-are-so-fun.html

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  25. Holy Doughnuts Batman...these are awesome!!!!! I am sooo addicted! Just made a hot pink one for a baby shower gift ($2 remnant), but I'm on a roll..everything is going to get a singed flower!

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  26. Thank you so much for posting this. I've been wanting to try making these for ages and wasn't sure what to do. I've gone a got some material and am about to give it a go!

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  27. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for coming to visit my little blog and leaving a message. My friends loved the flowers I made and wanted to know how so I've put a link to your blog now. I'm glad you came, I was going nuts trying to find the exact page again. Oh derr I'd emptied my history too quickly. Thanks again!

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  28. Loved the blog... just made 4 flowers this afternoon... quick, easy, and soooo affordable! Saw same thing at a discount store for $10, made 4 of them for less that $10! Great accessory and chance to craft!

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  29. nice work. love it when u put it on shoes.

    Love from Valentine day flowers :)

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  31. The blog is absolutely fantastic. Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need. Thanks

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  32. What a wonderful, creative,I am happy to find your site. I am a regular visitor of your website, I will share it with my friends. Thanks.

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