Saturday, June 2, 2012

Petal Flowers

Fabric: Satin, Tulle, etc.
Embellishments for center
Headband or Clips
Circle Template or Rotary Circle Cutter
Glue Gun

Step 1:  Cut circles out in varying sizes.  The more layers you have the puffier your flower will look.  Have a minimum of 8 layers.  Here is a circle template.

Step 2:  Cut 5 slits evenly around circle cutting about 1/3 of the way in.  This will form the petals.  You can do more or less if you prefer.
Step 3:  Begin cutting the corners of the slits to give the petals a rounded edge.  Do all the corners.

Step 4:  Using a heat source, such as a tealight or gas range, begin melting the edges.  I prefer to turn in the other petals to help keep them out of the way and it also helps create a roundness to the petal.  Do not put the petal too close to the fire or it will burn (blacken) and melt too much.  Always use safety measures when working with fire.  Keep a cup of cold water nearby.
Step 5:  It should look something like this after burning one petal.

Step 6:  Continue to melt the rest of the petals one at a time.  Be sure to melt all raw edges. 

Step 7:  This is what it should look like when done.  Notice the blackened edge.  That is from getting it too close to the fire.  Finish all flowers EXCEPT the tulle ones as they will melt entirely. 

Step 8:  Begin layering the petals in order by size.  Place the tulle in as well.

Step 9:  Using a needle and thread.  Tack the center of the flower by making an “X” stitch.  This stitch will hold the flower together.  It will also be hidden and not seen when embellishment is placed on to the flower.

Step 10:  Put a dab of glue on the embellishment.

Step 11:  Place embellishment in center of the flower covering the stitches.

Notice the difference with the top one which has 7 layers and the bottom that has 12-14 layers.  It makes and entirely different look.

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