Fabric Flowers: Technique
STEPS for circles and petals… here’s where we are going to melt the edges of each fabric shape one at a time!
- Light your candle
- Be very careful, as it is very easy to get burnt.
- Experiment with where to hold the fabric put to the flame… about one to two inches above the flame, or up close the the side of the flame
- Make sure to keep the circle rotating so that it does not overheat and catch fire. As soon as you see the fabric melting pull the fabric away!
- Continue to gently melt the edges of each petal until you have gone all the way around. Do this with each layer.
Sew (or glue) the petal layers together.
- When you have completed finishing the edges of all your circles, assemble. Using a needle and thread, create a beginning knot and then sew the layers together. You can come up through the top because the center of the top layer can be covered by a button or bead.
- Stack the circles, gradually working toward smaller circles until satisfied with the result, then stitch or glue together.
- To secure and create dimension, turn the flower over, and pinch in half. Take a few stitches to hold pinch in place, and knot.
- Turn flower right side up. To finish the flower, sew (or glue) the button or bead on top as your centre. This is where the crystals, buttons, pearl paint, glitter, or old earrings come in handy. Go crazy with the accoutrements!
- If you would like to add extra stability to the flower, you can sew or glue a piece of felt onto the back (make sure it is large enough to give good stability, but small enough so that it won’t be seen from the top).
Next we will turn these beauties into wonderful tiebacks!