First let me start by saying, I know I am not the first to post a tutorial on how to make flowers and I don't think my technique differs much from any other method I've seen out there. After I posted photos of the singed flowers I made, I received a few requests for a tutorial, so here it goes.
If you are grossed out by old lady looking hands and unmanicured fingernails, this tutorial isn't for you. If you decide to continue on, laughing at my hands is not allowed.
I will show you two differnt styles. One by simply cutting circles, the other involves petaled blooms.
Here's what you'll need:
A note about the fabric. You want a synthetic fabric that will melt. Not cotton. I've found lighter weight fabric gives you fuller more ruffly flowers. Lining type fabric. Today I'm using a light weight satin. Think bridesmaid dress.
I like to make the back of the flower so that you can wear it in your hair with a clip or a headband or as a corsage with a pin back. That is where the stiff interfacing (peltex) and heat n' bond come in.
Peltex can be found in the interfacing section of fabric stores and if your walmart still has a fabric section they have it there too.
The heat n' bond allows you to fuse two fabrics together, or in this case fabric and the peltex. It will make sense in a moment.
Cut a small square (~3") from the peltex, your flower fabric and slightly smaller piece of heat n' bond.
You could actually skip the steps above and move on to the next step. They aren't necessary, but it allows the back of the flower to look nice.
For the first one, cut circles ( 2 or 3 of each size) in graduating sizes- the largest being about 4 inches, the smallest about 2 inches.
Now that your circles are all cut, let's heat things up. I like to use a small jar candle to singe the edges. Don't actually touch the fabric to the flame, just hold it close enough to melt slightly. You can play around to get the feel for how much melting and curling you like and how close or far from the flame you need to hold it.
Once you have all circles singed, stack them largest to smallest and secure in the center with a few stitches or a dab of glue between each layer. I like to secure it with a pin then place a few stitches in the center with my sewing machine. Then I dab a tiny bit of hot glue here and there between the layers. You don't want much glue, just a tiny dot to secure things a bit. You can also add circles of tulle between a few of the layers to give it some extra dimension if you like.
I didn't take a photo of this, but you can embellish the center any way you like. Buttons, beads... whatever suits your fancy. For this one I had an old rhinestone button I glued to the center with hot glue.
Still holding it with the tweezers, slap that sucker on the back of your flower. You want to position it so that it is above center so the top of the flower doesn't flop outward when you have it pinned on.
Or a pin back. Sorry I couldn't find one today to photograph. They sell these at any craft store. Open the pin and slide the back portion under the slits. It may take a little wiggling, but it will work.
For the other flower, you follow the same steps except instead of cutting out circles you cut a clover shape. I just found a clover in clip art in microsoft word and printed three different sizes. Just print it in black and white. No need to waste ink. You are just using it for the shape or you can draw it freehand if you're good at that type thing. I am not.
Another method that works almost as well as using a pattern is to begin with a square of fabric.
Then continue the steps above for melting the edges. For this style flower, I also hold the flower directly over the flame, so as to melt the center slightly.
Stack the petals and you have a flower.
Here is a photo of the machine stitching I do to secure the layers in the center.
Now go forth and make flowers, but please don't burn anything down.
If you'd like to win these two flowers, leave a comment and I'll randomly select a winner Monday morning, say 8am.