- Satin fabric. You really don't need a lot. I bought 1/2 a yard of several different colors and I can make about one zillion flowers from this.
- Paper and pencil
- Something round to trace, I used a small cup
- Felt square, you won't need much (the vegan in me says to use synthetic felt and not wool felt)
- Needle and thread to either match or contrast your button and/or fabric
- Hair clip
- Candle and something to light it with
- Pinking shears, not necessary, but helpful
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Beads, glitter, other ephemera (optional)
First you will need to trace and cut out a circle onto a piece of paper. The finished flower will be about one to two inches smaller than the circle you trace.
Take your satin fabric and fold it several times, you will want 6-8 circles. Pin your paper circle to the top of the folded fabric.
After you have cut out your circles you can remove the paper and pin. Hold your stack-o-circles in one hand and cut at an angle into the center to create the petals. Be careful not to cut all the way to the center, you will need an area to sew them together in a bit. I think I cut about 5 petals, but you can experiment and see what you like.
Now it's time to add an element of danger to this. Who needs safe crafting right? Grab your candle and light it. I do this next to the sink in case things get out of hand. Just use common sense and don't set yourself, your home, or anything else ablaze please.
Grab your circles of fabric one at a time and hold each petal to the flame, but not actually touching the fire. The fabric will curl away from the flame and darken. Note that if you have pre-washed the satin it may react a little differently to the fire and burn a bit more easily. You can play around a bit here and see how holding the circle at different angles results in different effects.
Once you are happy with each circle you can stack them back into a pile (once the risk of fire has passed). Blow out your candle and move over to your button stash.
Choose a button to go with your flower. Sew the button to the pile of circles. Once the button is secured and the flower is stable you are ready to finish this flower up.
Set your flower aside for a moment (you can take a second to admire your handiwork if you like). Grab your felt and cut a rectangle that is about the same width and length as your hair clip. I used the pinking shears to cut it out. This is also a good time to note that you will want your flower to be slightly larger than the clip, if it is small you can just make two flowers to attach to the clip.
When you have a rectangle of felt cut out you fold it in half lengthwise and snip it twice in the middle, don't cut all the way through, the idea is to make some slits.
Slide the top of your clip through the slits you just cut.
Now use your hot glue gun to adhere the flower(s) to the felt and the pin. Now you can add beads to the button top, some glitter, a little bee, whatever strikes your fancy.You're done!
They make great hair clips, but you are really limited only by your imagination. I can think of many places that I might need flowers (presents, decoration, headbands, necklaces, wristlets, shoes, bags, etc).
Crazy excited about her flower
Go forth and have a creative weekend. If you make these I'd love to see what you come up with, just send me a link.
The winner was chosen by way of the random number generator and the winner is...
AKM! Congratulations and please contact me to ensure that I have your mailing address.
Stay tuned I have some big giveaway plans in the not too distant future.