Tuesday, September 7, 2010

craftster find

A few months ago, I got married.  My dear bridesmaids wore these headbands that I made...

{as worn by my beautiful little sister}

They were simple and very pretty and I wanted to share how I made them, but I think I'm a disaster at writing a tutorial.  I tend to be far too detailed on some steps and not detailed enough on others.  I also get annoyed by saying "then" and "next" a million times because I feel so redundant.

So when I found this tutorial on Craftster, I had to contact its creator and ask if I could share it.  She added a step--burning the edges so that they curl.  I used silk taffeta scraps from the flower girls' dresses that my mom made, so it wouldn't have worked the same as with the polyester in this tutorial, but I really love the effect!

This tutorial is by Connie of ReFabulous.  She's a homeschooling mother of eight--I know!--children and runs a darling etsy shop as well as her blog.  Her creativity is definitely inspiring, no?  So without further ado, here is the tutorial.  Have fun!

Flower hair clips -- with TUTORIAL! - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS.

1. Cut out circles (or whatever shape you like) from the polyester that are slightly larger than your desired finished flower size. We used concentric circles for ours for a fuller, layered look. Be sure to cut a few extra, to allow for experimenting and mess-ups.

2. Light your candle, and place on a sturdy surface, away from flammables, pets and children. Place your jar of water within reach.

3. Using a clothes pin, hold one fabric circle over -- not in -- the flame of the candle.

Quickly rotate the fabric circle above the flame. The fabric will curl and may change colors.

You'll want to experiment with a few extra circles, as different fabrics will act uniquely when held near the flame. Some will curl in one direction, some turn colors, some crinkle. Holding them closer to the flame or longer will also achieve different results. Once you've achieved the look you want, set the circle aside on the foil to cool.

4. Repeat on all the fabric circles. Extinguish your 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. Now, attach your flower center. If you are using beads or buttons, stitch them in place, tying off the thread in the back of the flower. If you are 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.

And that's it! So simple, and so pretty. The possibilities are endless -- imagine these flowers layered with ribbon, mesh, tulle, organza. . . or topped with an antique brooch or cameo! These would make sweet little gifts for teachers, co-workers and friends, or even lovely stockingstuffers. Have fun!


Visit ReFabulous for more photos, a video, and to see a few other projects.

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