Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Learning to Make Fabric Flowers--An Experiment

Practice Makes Perfect....I Hope!

My daughter is getting married next spring and she wants a vintage floral/brooch bouquet. I priced them online and they run in the $200 - $450 and up price range. So I got to thinking.....

Maybe I could learn to make the flowers and make the bouquet myself. I certainly have enough synthetic fabrics scraps lying around the house to experiment with. So, I gathered up some materials to experiment....

I used the "burn the edges" technique and it proved to be somewhat of a challenging process at first. I learned very quickly where to hold the fabric over the candle so that the fabric does not melt into your skin. OUCH! Also, each scrap of synthetic fabric I used burned or melted differently and some (like tulle) melted in the blink of an eye. One fabric petal burst into flames--so having the kitchen sink nearby is an absolute must!

The small brown flower is the one I tried first, and the large brown flower followed. The three flowers in cream and beige were the last flowers I made and they are beginning to look like something I would use in a bouquet.

These are fun to make and experiment with. I can think of a million different ways these could be used to decorate or accessorize. 

Once I get to a point where I have enough blooms that I am satisfied with, I will post them individually. At this point, they are only pinned, not sewn together and I still need to shop for bling to use in the center of each flower. I will start looking for fabrics in my daughter's chosen color scheme to use in the actual bouquet.

More later.....................

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Check out some of the posts that were featured from last week's party as well. The Sangria and the Pumpkin Roll looked especially wonderful to me!


  1. They all turned out beautifully. I've never tried to burn the edges...I can't imagine what kind of disaster I would have...or maybe I should say I CAN imagine! haha! Sweet hugs!

  2. Very beautiful flowers! Great job! Your daughter will love the bouquet! :)