Jun 16, 2011

Circle Satin Singed Flowers: Day 3

Okay, for those of you who do not frequent blogland very much, this tutorial is for you. Otherwise, you have seen this tutorial a bunch of times and know how it's done. I love these flowers though and have made them in many colors as hair clips and brooches. This week though I wanted flowers to glue on my silver sandals for summer, so no clips today. Disappointed? Stay tuned because in a couple of days, I'll show you the best way to attach hair clips to flowers and the best "no-slip-grip" for hair. I love little ones as hair clips for my girls (She's gnawing on one of Hunter's Star Wars characters. I'm sure that's super safe, right? But grabbing it from her would have meant tears and the loss of a photo op moment. They only last half a second so I took it.)And I love big ones as hair clips for myself on my side pony tails. Big flowers and big curly hair seem to go together. No problem, I've got the big curly hair.Are you ready? Here we go.
Fabric that has some synthetic fiber in it (organza, taffeta, satin, tulle, chiffon)
Thread and needle
Beads or buttons
Felt or fleece for leaves
Brooch back, bobby pin or hair clip to attach to the back (optional).

Step one: Cut out circles in differing sizes. I am making two small flowers, so I only needed four circles per flower. The bigger the flower, the more circles you need. The biggest here is a little over an inch across.
Light a candle and hold the circle close enough to singe and curl up the edge, but not catch it on fire. Yes, you get to be a pyro. There is also a learning curve here. I have lit more fabric on fire making these, but you just simply blow it out and keep going. If the edge is too burnt for your taste, clip it off and remelt.
Here you can see I have one flower melted and the other still flat so you can see the difference. Just a word of advice, the lighter the material, the more it curls up and the fluffier your flower will be. Heavy weight fabrics don't really curl up. Tulle and chiffon curl up so fast it's more difficult to work with (but for a pyro like me, much more exciting, ha!). I am using a very lightweight satin lining type of cheap fabric which is the easiest to work with.Stack them up!Sew beads to the center. I like a big pile of seed beads for a lot of sparkle.Cut out some leaves from felt or fleece. These here are fleece.Then I hot glued those babies straight on the sandals. They sure aren't coming off, but I'm sure I like the color so that's fine with me.And here we go. Pretty flowers, tanned feet, but wonky turned in ankles (I don't know why this happens when I walk) and toes in desperate need of a pedicure. Oh well. Feet pictures have never been my thing anyways.These are fast, addicting, and also fun to stick pretty much everywhere. You now have an excuse to play with fire! Have fun, crafty pyros!


  1. Question - I'm one of those people who actually hasn't seen this tutorial before - thanks! Anyway, when you're attaching seed beads, do you attach one at a time or string on a bunch and somehow lay them flat?

  2. I think these would be a fun accent for my doll dresses!

  3. I string three or four at a time and put the thread back down through a little farther away so that they lay flat when the thread is pulled tight. But when I want exact placement, I've done it one at a time too. On these flowers I did both. I did three lines with 3 or 4 beads next to each other, and then put single beads in place to fill in holes and make the pile look circular.