Four Step Fabric Flowers
Here is a great little project to liven up your wardrobe: Lovely Fabric Flowers from Jennifer Neill. Embellish a shirt, dress up a pair of heels, or wear it as a pin. These four-step fabric flowers are versatile for everyday dress and a night out.
- Synthetic satin/chiffon fabric that will melt
- 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. 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.
Note: 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 this to catch those trouble spots.
Now, nest your petals 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 stitch back through the layers. You've just attached all your petals and gussied it up a bit. You can hit any odd edges with the hand held lighter after you've finished.