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Chiffon Flower Directions

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Create some beautiful flowers - Dig through your closets for those old prom dresses, grab a candle & some matches - and get crafting!

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									All flowers below are from various sources on the web. I apologize to the creators if I didn’t list your site.

How To Make Chiffon Flowers by Calamity Kim                            (Visit her blog for great inspiration!)
how does your garden grow? with flowers made from fabric, of course!

Worksheet she created on the chiffon flowers. Download Howtomakeflowers

1. Use between 8 & 15 layers of chiffon, silk, tulle, organza, etc.
2. Scrunch & wad them up in your hands to create wrinkles & texture before burning edges w/ candle or long lighter.
   It’s stinky so do in a well ventilated area. “This can be dangerous! I love to watch the edges curl & puff & melt &
   the more distressed the better!”
3. Don’t make circles perfect - cut them in degrees of sizes & make edges irregular. Use a dog brush to fray edges of
   silk & cotton because they don't melt; they only burn. You want some edges to fray & some to be curled up.
4. Stack large to small. Sew together, stitching all the way through using green perle cotton or embroidery thread.
5. Make a small fuzzy yarn center & stitch it on. Wrap 12" yarn around 2 fingers then go back through center (like
   making a pompom) & tie in middle. Sew that to center then add beads.
6. Back stitches are covered by pin back & green felt circle. Trim to fit width of pin bar & stitch on w/ blanket stitch.

Suggestion from someone online::
I've used one of those handheld lighters that you sort of hold like a gun and has a long barrel thing, and they work well, but I bought
a heat tool like this www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2907&PRODID=prd20134 & put a small rock in the center of the
petal to keep it from blowing away. I don't have to worry about burning myself. I just put the petal on a piece of marble I had, then
put the rock on the petal & heat away! Works really well!
“I made a bib necklace. I attached clips to the back of the flowers, & used a bowl as a template to cut out
felt I used hot glue to attach ribbon to bib, then clipped flowers on so I can change out the flowers.“
“ My Too Much Dress:) - I saw this amazing tutorial over at Hope Studios & literally got up & ran to find the supplies!
I have made almost every kind of flower there ever was, and this is definitely my favorite!”

Weekend Getaway Project - Lovely Fabric Flowers - Round 2 of our weekend projects - Lovely Fabric Flowers.
Synthetic satin/chiffon fabric that melts        Candle                   Sharp scissors
Needle and thread                                Seed beads
Cut circles; these will be petals. Don’t do perfect, in fact, wonky is good. The more layers, the fuller your flower! Make
each circle a bit smaller than the last - & if planning on a pair, cut 2 of each at once by folding fabric in ½ .

Hold each circle of fabric over the flame until it begins to melt the very edges. Keep it moving, do it quick! It takes a
light touch. See how the melted edges cause the petal to cup? It's cool. It's nestable now! If you have stubborn
edges that are hard to reach try using a hand held lighter like Joy Beadworks.

Nest your petals together. Stick w/ 1 color & texture or mix it up! I mixed satin brown & blue & black chiffon.
W/ needle & thread, sew up through the layers. String 3 seed beads onto thread then back through.
You could make a tiny flower with your scraps and string it on with some beads like this:
Hit up your Costco $30 jacket, your tee shirt, your Dollar Store clutch, your SHOES!

What to do with your fabric flowers?, originally uploaded by hopestudios1. Are you feeling all crafty like Girl in the
Sticks? Go ahead, raid your friends button box and make a Button Bracelet. It's your weekend, after all.

Spring CQ....The Dove Roses
But the entire success depended on my having exactly the right fabric to make my petals out of....

This old scarf is lightweight, satin weave polyester. It has shine, seals like a charm (no charring), & even curls on
edges when it melts. Perfect for petals! Other "ingredients" are silk sewing thread, longish & fine but sturdy needle,
some millinery flower centers Susan Elliot sent me. (Visit her blog.) Anyway, fabric is key. I'll be scouring thrift stores
for more like this. Here are petals cut out & ready to have edges melted. They’re on my cutting grid so you can get
the scale - each square is 1". I don't stick fabric directly in the flame, but in the "heat aura" around the flame.
It is a simple matter of attaching petals 1 by 1 at base to center here. That wire was convenient for this process, but
not necessary. I kept adding them around the base, knotting off after each petal but using the same thread.
I made the petals larger as I went "outward" from the center of the bloom.
Here is a finished rose. I made 7 & am going to group them something like this in the very center of my CQ.

We used reclaimed dress linings to make these -- I had plenty left over from my deconstruction for sachets & I never
knew what to do w/ this type of fabric before. It's a synthetic fabric, a silky polyester.

(CAUTION: use extreme caution as a flame is used in this process. Do NOT allow children or pets near the flame.. I
am not responsible for any accidents or injuries resulting from this tutorial.)

To make these little hair bobbies (or clips, brooches, pins, etc.), you will need:
**synthetic fabric, such as polyester        **scissors                           **candle, matches/lighter
**glass jar, filled with water               **clothes pin                        **a piece of foil
**beads, buttons,embellishments              **needle                             **thread
**hair bobby, clip, pin blank, etc.          **strong adhesive, such as E6000

1. Cut out circles (or whatever shape) from polyester slightly larger than desired finished flower size. We used
concentric circles for fuller, layered look. Cut a few extra, to allow for experimenting & mess-ups.

2. Place lit candle on sturdy surface, away from flammables, pets & children. Place water within reach.
3. Using a clothes pin, hold 1 fabric circle over -- not in -- candle flame.
Quickly rotate fabric above flame. Fabric curls & may change colors. Experiment w/ a few extra circles, as different
fabric acts uniquely when held near the flame. Some will curl in 1 direction, some turn colors, some crinkle. Holding
closer to flame or longer achieves different results. Set circle aside on foil to cool.
4. Repeat on all fabric circles. Extinguish candle when you are finished.

5. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: If you hold the fabric circle still for too long, or too close to the flame, it will scorch
and/or catch on fire. If this happens, quickly and carefully place the burning fabric in the jar of water to extinguish the
flame. Be very vigilant -- as some fabrics tend to ignite quicker than others!

6. Next, arrange and stack your fabric circles (petals) into flowers.

7. Using your needle and thread, sew a few stitches through all the layers of petals -- just a little "X" will do --
fastening all the petals together. Tie off thread in the back of the flower.
8. Attach flower center. If using beads or buttons, stitch in place, tying off thread in back of flower. If using other
embellishments, a strong adhesive (such as E6000) may be used to attach them to the flower.
9. Finally, attach your flower to a hair bobby, clip or pin back using your strong adhesive.

10. Set aside on the foil, and allow it to dry thoroughly, according to your adhesive's recommendation.

That's it! So simple; so pretty. The possibilities are endless -- imagine these layered w/ ribbon, mesh, tulle, organza
or topped w/ an antique brooch or cameo! These would make sweet gifts for teachers, co-workers, friends, or stocking
stuffers. (For anyone interested, I do have a little video on my blog of me burning a few petals. Nothing fancy, but
it shows how quickly they burn.)

“I've always enjoyed melting things & these flowers give me legitimate reason to light a candle & melt some fabric.
Because, that's really all you do to make these flowers. Synthetic fabrics melt when held near a flame. They will also
ignite if you put them too close, so before you get started, look for a draft-free spot away from anything flammable
where you can focus on what you're doing (without helpful kiddos or pets).”

Fabric and Other Supplies
Synthetic (nylon organza, polyester satin, lining) Fabric                Heat                    Beads, buttons
Thread or transparent/invisible nylon thread                             Scissors                Aluminum foil
A sewing needle                                                          Straight pins           Bottle of water
Pattern - 2 templates. If cutting a bunch, cut outer pieces 1st so you can keep using the same   pattern by cutting it
smaller & smaller. Cut through several layers of fabric at a time.
Getting Started
Before you cut out flowers, cut several free-form circles & practice to get the hang of it. Download & print Circle
Template &/or Flower Template. Determine the # of flowers to make, the size & fullness. Use as many layers as you
like. Generally at least 5-6 layers are needed, but you can use many more if you want to make a big full flower.
Flower shown is 5” & has 13 layers. Begin w/ slightly larger size shape because heat & melting will shrink fabric.

Making the Flower
Cut shapes. Hold 1 piece at a time over flame. You don't need to be very close for it to melt. Slowly rotate fabric until
you have gone all around to achieve the style of edge you like.

Start with your largest piece & work down to the smallest. Stack layers from largest to smallest. Flowers look prettier
if not too perfect in how you arrange them.
Shift layers from side-to-side until you achieve a natural look.
Pick up your flower, keeping a finger in the center and at the base so your arrangement doesn't slip. Use a straight
pin from the backside through the uppermost layer and back to the back side as shown.

Go to the site to get the actual size…

Several dif fabric layers make up flower brooches - taffeta, tulle, organza, silk, chiffon, & satin. Center is a vintage
fabric covered button; red button also has black beads. They are 7”.

Top 2 layers are from vintage printed fabric (a dress). Other layers are tulle, satin, chiffon, taffeta, & black w/ teal
dots from same dress. Edges are finished & center has teal seed beads. 6” W x 5 ½” H.
Top & bottom pieces are cut from vintage polyester flower print robe. Fabrics sandwiched between are tulle & organza
in shades of yellow. I embroidered center, following original pattern in fabric, in pink & green. 5” across.


“Calamity Kim has a great tutorial for these. Beware.....they are addicting!”
Tutorial: Fabric Flower Embellishment Posted on July 9, 2010 By Linda Matthews
“As I mentioned the other day I was on a mission to make a fabric flower which I wanted to use as an embellishment
on one of my new handbag designs. And here it is …”

“I had so much fun making the fabric flower embellishment that I made a video tutorial for you! Although I originally
had in mind to make the fabric flower using the tutorial that I mentioned in my previous post, I ended up doing it
quite differently, & instead incorporated a # of fun techniques including fabric painting, embellishing w/ my fringe
foot, & for the final touch, a hot air treatment to curl the edges of petals. So if you’re in the mood to make some
fabric flowers – have fun and enjoy the video! And don’t forget, if you love embellishing and making embellishments
– and I know that you do – you’ll find tons of techniques on my Titivations DVD. You’ll find it in the store.

New Brooch - http://kasiascrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-brooch.html

Here's how I made it:

Cut out a bunch of circles from a polyester-containing fabric. That smaller circle is my base circle. Grab a circle in the
middle & squish it up. Cut off the bit where you were holding it (probably not necessary, but it reduces bulk.
Put some hot glue on the cut off squished up end, to help preserve the pinched-ness.
Make a glue puddle on base circle & stick the squished end into it. Repeat.

You could leave it all fray-y like this, but I took it 1 step further (because I live on the wild side).
That's it! Glue to a headband or a brooch pin & voila! It looks more like a carnation than anything else. I like it.

Lots of videos at youtube link from http://stampshacklady.blogspot.com

Cut ¼ yard & fold so you have 8 layers

Use circle die # 2 w/ cutting plate under & on top. Cut all layers.
Gather all largest pieces & stack them together, not evenly. Then take next size & do the same. Stack them on top of
largest. Cont. until all are stacked.
Use crop o dile to punch a hole in the stack. Use a rhinestone brad to hold them together.
Get tweezers or pliers & hold stack.
Heat closely w/ heat gun.
Cont. to heat, moving pliers to hold in different locations.


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