I don’t know about all of you, but I am SO loving all of the feminine styles right now– lace, ruffles, and FLOWERS! I especially love flowers in hair. My sister is going to the Homecoming dance this weekend and I had some fabric from her dress that I had cut off of the bottom because it was too long, so I thought I would try my hand at making a flower for her to wear in her hair to match the dress. And of course, I found just the thing from the Glitz Me store to finish it off!
First of all, I have to apologize for the yellowy pictures. We have lost the charger for our nice camera, so these photos were taken with our point and shoot.
To make this flower, I started by gathering my supplies: A pendant from Glitz Me, some jewels, a glue gun, fabric, fabric shears, a needle and thread, and a candle. I heated my glue gun and grabbed the pendant and jewels.
I put a very small amount of glue in each of the spots on the pendant and added the jewels one at a time. If you have a good pair of tweezers, they would be really useful for this step.
With some of the jewels in place:
When the center was completed, I made the fabric flower. Start by folding your fabric so you have several layers. You need to have a synthetic fabric, otherwise it will not melt.
Then cut several circles. For my flower, I used 12 circles, 6 each of 2 sizes. These do NOT need to be perfect. Then cut 5-6 slits in each circle, about 3/4 of the way to the center:
The next step is a little tricky. The stiffer your fabric is, the better this works. This fabric was a little bit too floppy and it was hard to hold it over the flame without burning myself.
To keep each petal separate, I folded all but one petal back and held them in my hand while I held the free petal over the flame. Once you start, you can find the stream of heat coming off of the flame. Do not put your fabric right in the flame because it will catch on fire. Just hold it over the flame and you will see it start to melt. Move the petal so hat it melts and curls all the way around.
Melt all of the edges on all of your circles. This step does not have to look perfect either. I think it is the irregularities that make the flowers look so pretty and so close to the real thing. This is what the edges of the petal will look like:
When you are done, you will have a pile that looks something like this:
Now we are going to sew them all together. Thread your needle and poke the needle through the center of each flower.
I like to arrange the different layers so that the petals alternate rather than being all stacked on top of each other. Once you have the layers arranged the way that you like, make a wide stitch back up through the flowers. This will hold all of the layers in place.
Stitch through the layers a few more times and tie a knot to hold it secure. Take your center that you already made and either glue or sew it into the middle of the flower and here you have it:
It really is much prettier in a normal, less yellow world! I glued a piece of felt on the back of my flower and added a hair clip. You could attach the clip right to the back of the bottom layer, but i wanted a little more stability since my fabric was so flimsy. You could also attach it to a pin, or sew it right onto a headband or piece of clothing. Now I want to go and make some more!
UPDATE: Here is another one that I did with a different center. I think it looked darling in her hair!