In anticipation of my favorite season, I have strayed from my usual feathery work and started to create burnt fabric flowers in rich autumn colors. Somehow it seems fitting that the flowers are made by burning fabric since one of my favorite fall smells is that of burning leaves. Here is a sampling of my work that can be found on my Etsy page.
Monday, August 17, 2009
While shopping in thrift stores fabric, not clothing style, is what usually catches my eye. Months ago I purchased a see through light blue shirt for 98 cents, brought it home, washed it and have restlessly moved it from room to room wondering why I purchased a translucent shirt that would fit in Molly Ringwald’s Pretty in Pink wardrobe. Not that I don’t like Pretty in Pink but at 37, I don’t think I can pull off the look. So after much thought and some inspiration from Anthropology I came up with an idea for a repurposed flower headband.
What you will need:
What you will need:
- 1/8 yard of Flouncy Fabric (such as chiffon)
- Sharp Scissors
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Needle
- Medium to large sized button
- Square of felt
- Glue Gun
- Download the Flouncy Flower pattern by clicking here. Print pattern out at 100%.
- Cut 12 flower petals using the flower petal pattern from the fabric. HINT: Since the fabric is thin you can cut out several at a time by layering the fabric.
- Thread the needle using at least a foot of thread. Place needle close at hand for next step.
- Take a flower petal and fold it in half lengthwise (fig. 4A). Take the folded petal and fold it in half a second time (fig. 4B).
- Pick up the needle and thread and put a holding stitch at the bottom point of the folded petal (fig. 5).
- Repeat step four with a second flower petal.
- Stitch the second petal base to the first petal. HINT: I often run a second stitch through the petals to keep them in place, making it easier to attach the others (fig.7).
- Repeat steps six and seven. When stitching the remaining petals to the base attach them in a circular pattern around the original petal (fig. 8).
- After the last petal is attached knot off the thread to secure the petals in place and cut off the excess thread tale. The flower should look like fig. 9.
- Flatten out the flower and sew a button to the center of the flower (fig. 10).
- Cut out the a piece of felt using the backer pattern (fig. 11).
- Determine where you would like to place the flower on the headband. You can lightly mark this area with a wax pencil or sharpie if needed. Hot glue the flower to the backer MAKING SURE TO SANDWICH THE HEADBAND between the two.
- Now put on your headband and go out for a night on the town!