Monday, February 14, 2011

Flowers for your Sweet

Silk Flower Tutorial

For this project you will need silk fabric scraps. I used pieces of an old shirt. You just need a small amount, so you can buy some pieces or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can go to Goodwill and look for silk shirts.




The list is as follows
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Silk Fabric
A Candle

A Match
Scissors
Glue Gun
One Bead
A length of Ribbon

Cut out graduating circles of the silk. These do not even have to look like nice circles, they can be oblong and have square points along the edge.

Light the candle.


Taking one of the silk circles, holding it shiny side up, hold the fabric over the candle flame. Don't hold the very edge over the flame, but a centimeter or so from the edge. I found that if you hold the cut edge over the flame, the fabric doesn't turn and roll up. As I said, hold it a little toward the center, away from the edge.


If you do burn the fabric a bit, you can just cut it off.


After I had done it a little, I decided I liked some of the singed edges, so I didn't worry about them as much. Maybe it was the color I chose.


Once you have used the flame to curl up the edges of all of the circles, use the glue gun to place a dot of glue in the center of the largest circle. Place the next sized-down on top. Continue doing this, and on the smallest, place the bead on top, with the thread hole turned sideways so it won't be seen.



At this point you will have to decide if you are going to use it as a pin or a necklace or sew it onto a pillow.



I finally glued mine onto a ribbon and my daughter wore it to school on her wrist the next day. I made another for myself and I wore it around my neck as a choker.




I saw this craft online on Makiablog.com, and I couldn't find the sight to find out what kind of fabric was used... so I want to thank my sister-in-law Karen (a Master Sewer!) for letting me know that silk would work.

I hope you get the chance to be creative today!






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7 comments:

  1. Lori, that's neat you got your hubby's interest in the Heinz 57 Meatball Stroganoff. Let me - I bet he loves it! It's a hit here! Thanks for stopping by - new follower to your blog!

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  2. I love this flower. It's beautiful. I may have to try this one for sure.

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  3. Cheri, it was too funny, he was walking behind me while I was just pulling up the link party, he saw the picture, and said, "click on that!" lol. - J, You should make one, it could not be more simple!! I'm wearing one tomorrow as a pin on my suit jacket. I'm following both of you now, as well.! Thanks for stopping by to comment, guys. ~Lori

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  4. This is too cute! Very good idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am a new follower! :)

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  5. Thanks for clarifying the type of material used. I tried it this weekend with an acetate fabric and it was a disaster. It burned rather than melted and it was too flat to have any body.

    If you are thinking of making these for your Etsy store, I have something you might be interested in. My company carries a die for the Big Shot that will cut four different sizes of circles in one pass and you can cut eight layers of fabric in one time, so that would probably get you the material for four bows at one time. Easy peesy!

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  6. Thank you, Lisa (I'm following you, too)! and Thank you Adrian for the great tool idea. No, I don't have an etsy shop, but I will keep you in mind if I ever need that tool. Thanks! ~Lori

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