5 days of favorite projects {day 1}

favorite projects

I love a good project. In fact I feel a little lost when I’m not working on something. This week, I’ll be putting together a tutorial each day on some of my favorite projects, which {I think} are also some of yours.

Let me start by saying I probably didn’t come up with any of these on my own. I’m not that creative.  I love looking around me for inspiration and then figuring out how to make things on my own and with my own twist.  I also don’t like to spend much on projects, so all 5 days will be very inexpensive and will hopefully utilize things you may already have. Okay, now that that’s out of the way :

It was only natural for me to begin with my current favorite project – one that you’ve seen in my shop, on the baby {over and over and over again}, as favors at my sister’s baby shower, in many of my what I wore posts and in this family picture:


Can you guess?

Yep. These fun {and simple}


Here’s what you’ll need:


:: polyester satin

:: scissors

:: candle & lighter

:: ruler {not really necessary}

:: needle & thread

:: beads or other center embellishment

STEP ONE: cut squares


first square {3 x 3}


second square {2 x 2}


third square {1.5 x 1.5}


don’t feel locked into these sizes : make them as large or petite as you like.

STEP TWO: round the corners


They do not need to be perfect circles {in fact, I like them a little off}. You can also skip this step and do the flowers as squares. Both ways are beautiful.

STEP THREE: melt the edges


Using a candle, gently {and carefully!} hold the edge of each circle over the flame {not touching the flame} until the fabric begins to melt & curl.


If the edge is burnt and you don’t like the dark parts,


simply cut it off and melt again.


If your material ignites {as I have found some do} it’s probably just best to start over with a different material.  I haven’t figured out why some polyester satins melt and others burn : I’ve found that the thicker satins used for lining work well.

STEP FOUR: stack them up


STEP FIVE: stitch them together


Using a need & thread, start from the bottom and make a stitch.



STEP SIX: add the beads





STEP SEVEN: tie a knot and snip the thread




You can add lots of layers for a fluffier flower


or cut out a felt leaf


and attach {stitch or glue, your choice}


add one to your bag


or to embellish a pair of shoes


pin one on a sweater or jacket



attach to a hair clip


or magnet



sew on a pin


make a headband


or add it to a hat



I hope I’ve inspired you to make some flowers!

please come back tomorrow for day 2 of the tutorial series :

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131 Responses to 5 days of favorite projects {day 1}

  1. Daisy December 20, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I love these making these right nor Christmas gifts!

  2. Varada January 27, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks for putting this together. I’ve used this technique to create a pretty little headband for my little princess. It’s looking so pretty. Check it out at:

    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Lois Springer February 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Wow! Great flowers! Very versatile. I can even use these on cards. Thank you!

  4. Tania February 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi…I love, love, love the little black and white baby shoes with the bow…do you know where I can find such an adorable pair or at least the brand?
    Thanks, Tania

  5. Miriam Reyes May 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and tutorials, I was planning to make paper flowers and found that yours were the best on the web.


  6. JOSELINE ARMISTEAD September 25, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    You are so creative. This flowers are so gorgeous i didnt knew wish material they were done. thanks.

  7. Shara Lee January 11, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I’m new to your blog & am LOVING the fun, doable tutorials. My daughter and I are making the curling flowers. Our inquiring minds are curious – how you figured out that the candle’s heat would curl the material? Thanks for sharing your love & God-given gift to create with us. Shara & Olivia :)

  8. Des roses et des Choux February 23, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    I realy love what you do. It’s soo sweet.
    Sorry for my bad english… I’m french.
    Best regards
    Des Roses et des Choux

  9. Anat, Carob Studio March 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Dear Emily,
    thank you so much for the tutorials. I love your creativity and your great taste,
    love the way you designed the house. I cerefully follow your posts, there is so much to study. Kisses

  10. Francine August 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Je demeure à Montréal (Québec) et j’aime votre site , Féliciations !!!

  11. Amanda November 8, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I love these flowers! I’ve made so many of them for gifts and for my own daughter. Now baby girl #2 is on the way and I need to make more! Thanks for sharing!


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