Friday, 3 December 2010

Crimson Flower Tutorial.

You will need the following items to make your own flower:
synthetic fabric*
scissors
3 different sized circular objects**
a needle
a pen or marker
thread
a candle(pillar is best)
matches or lighter
beads or buttons

*Examples: Satin and chiffon work great, cotton and other natural material will NOT work.
**I used cans but you can also use cookie cutters, cups, lids, anything really.

Step 1: Lay out fabric on a flat surface. Trace around can with a marker. You will need 2 or 3 of each size depending on how full you want your flower to be. I used 2 large, 2 medium, and 3 small.
 Step 2: Cut out circles making sure to cut on the inside of the markings.  This is not so critical on a darker material but can be a big problem on lighter material.
 Step 3: Light the candle and melt the edges.  This part may take some practice to master the technique of melting the fabric vs. burning the fabric.  Hold the edge of the circle close to the base of the flame. This will help prevent soot from accumulating on the fabric.

              a. Take the circle and slowly bring it closer to the flame, you should notice when it is starting to melt.
              b. Once it is melting either pull away so it doesn't catch on fire or continue turning the circle until the
                  entire edge is melted.
              c. It might be best to use a piece of scrap fabric to test first.
 Step 4: Stack the pieces up the way you want it to look when it is finished.
 Step 5: Sew together.  Take a needle and thread, make sure to tie a knot at the end of the tread.  Stitch in place a few times through the center. 

 Step 6: Sew each individual bead or button on. Then tie a knot on the back side and the flower is done!
This flower can be used for a headband or hair clip, an embellishment to an outfit, or just for decoration.
Let me know how your flowers turn out, or if you need additional info.

2 comments:

  1. I made some shoes for my niece & my cousins baby & did this using grosgrain ribbon. They turned out prettily although I was winging it!

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  2. I've made these too. I love the look. Great job on the tutorial Charlotte!

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