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:

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Can you guess?

Yep. These fun {and simple}

flowers

Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: polyester satin

:: scissors

:: candle & lighter

:: ruler {not really necessary}

:: needle & thread

:: beads or other center embellishment

STEP ONE: cut squares

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first square {3 x 3}

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second square {2 x 2}

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third square {1.5 x 1.5}

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

STEP TWO: round the corners

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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

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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.

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

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simply cut it off and melt again.

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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

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STEP FIVE: stitch them together

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

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STEP SIX: add the beads

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STEP SEVEN: tie a knot and snip the thread

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Done!

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You can add lots of layers for a fluffier flower

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or cut out a felt leaf

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and attach {stitch or glue, your choice}

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add one to your bag

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or to embellish a pair of shoes

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pin one on a sweater or jacket

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attach to a hair clip

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or magnet

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sew on a pin

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make a headband

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or add it to a hat

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

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

{linked to http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/}

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126 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:
    http://varadasharma.com/2012/01/a-headband-mini-tutorial-and-two-pairs-of-earrings/

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Varada

  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.

    Miriam

  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
    Chantal
    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 !!!

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