Saturday, 31 December 2011
Monday, 26 December 2011
Four Step Fabric Flowers
By: Jennifer Juniper of Hope Studios
Here is a great little project to liven up your wardrobe: Lovely Fabric Flowers. 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.
Okay, now you have some lovely fabric flowers...So what? Well, come on, girl! Use your imagination!
Read more about Jennifer, author of this craft tutorial, a Featured Craft Designerat FaveCrafts!
You will need:
- size 3 crochet thread (I used a glitter white color, Red Heart)
- #5 (1.90 mm) metal crochet hook
Chain 2, sc 8 into 2nd chain from hook. Join with slst into first sc.
work 2 dc into each stitch (16 dc) join with slst.
Chain 7 *skip next dc, work 2 dc into next stitch chain 4** repeat from *to **. Work one double crochet in stitch next to the 7 chains join with a slst into 3rd chain. (this makes 8, dc 4chain loops.)
*sc 3 into chain 4 space, chain 3, sc 3 into same 4 chain space** repeat from *to**. Join with slst into first sc. Leave the tails long to make a loop to hang on tree or to tie onto stocking.
You may want to iron and starch them if you are going to put them on a tree.
I hope you get a chance to try them.
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