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 :

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

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

  1. 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!

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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 :)

  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. 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.


  8. 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

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

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

  10. 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,

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

    I love these making these right nor Christmas gifts!

  12. jami September 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    i have a question…where can i find those simple baby elastic headbands? not having luck at michaels or hobby lobby

    • Amanda Noel November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      I got mine from Joanns. I used the 1/8″ one. Good luck!

  13. Natalie Simerly August 15, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I just wanted to let you know that I used this idea for my boutonnières in my wedding this past spring. I was able to do over 50 for under $12!! Some were put on hair clips for my flower girls others put on elastic bands for corsages! Thank you SO much for your ideas! :)

  14. Ana August 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    LOVE THIS! Can’t wait to go to the fabric store and buy some satin and beads! Thanks, it is awesome!

  15. Yuri Sagarra June 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial…..love them!!!!…..
    from México

  16. Rachel Hodges June 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Easy and fun! My satin keeps catching on fire, but I actually like the singed look (because I have to).

    • Amanda Noel November 9, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      You can try using a thicker satin. I had that problem as well. My fingers were not happy with me afterwards.

  17. IRIS CHAPA June 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Made this kind projects i can relax my mind after stress day

  18. Amy @ Serve at Once June 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    How inspirational! For someone who doesn’t have a creative design in her body, this looks so do-able. Thank you!

  19. Melissa M May 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I cant wait to make a bunch to accessorize my daughter’s fairy party!!! thank you for all amazing ideas!!!

  20. Katie May 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    I love these. I’ve been blessed with a granddaughter and two great-nieces in the past year. I now have something sweet and not too expensive to make for all of them!

  21. leah April 19, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Love these flowers! I’m making some right now!

  22. catherine April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    made these this weekend…..love, love love. they turned out just as adorable as the pictures. (i made mine into pins) just wish i had bought more colors

  23. corrie April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    I am having a little girl due to arrive in July (very similar family arrangement, 3 boys 6 and under and little girl on the way)! Anyhow, I was looking over the tutorial of the flowers and noticed the small headband and would LOVE to know where you got it or how you made it:) Love the small size!
    Thanks so much for y our help! Love your blog!

  24. Katie March 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    This tutorial has brought out my crafty side for the first time…literally! Thanks so much, my flower pin came out beautifully.

  25. Mary March 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    so I tried this w/some ADORABLE green polka dot silk material last night for St. Patricks day. The silk was NOT a good idea. It went up in flames…. literally… hahaha!!! I’m going to try the polyester next time! and have a fire extinguisher close by as well! :)

  26. maria martha March 10, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    thanks so much…. you are one of those blessed souls who does not keep their talents to themselves… God Bless you… and your loved ones…

  27. Anjel McGeorge March 9, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    I finally found the time to make these absolutley adorable flowers I placed one on a magnet, headband, purse, hair clip oh and I made nonnas flower pin I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Sabrina Arave February 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    i made these a couple of days and used them in our family photo shoot…love them. They are so much cuter, cheaper, and sturdier than the ones that i have bought at the store and they don’t fray…gotta love that.

  29. katie February 25, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you so much! I am getting married in June and LOVE this DIY project! Can’t wait to try it out =)

  30. Patti February 13, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Made them! Love them! Super cute!! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  31. Meredith February 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi Emily! My daughter and I are making these for the first time tonight. She really likes the rhinestone centers you used on some of your flowers. Can you tell me what they are or where to get them? Also, thank you for your blog and tutorials. My husband is in the military and we are far from family and friends making for some long days and weekends right now. My daughter and I have enjoyed studying your tutorials and planning trips to craft stores for supplies. After the flowers we are on to the book wreath!

  32. Natalie Rychecky February 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Oh so cute! Can’t wait to make some for my baby girl! Where did you find the skinny white headband?

    • emily February 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

      The headbands are thin elastic from the fabric store. Easy peasy.

  33. Christa February 7, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Wow. I want to make a million of these right now. Adorable. Easy. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

  34. jyl January 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    These are adorable!!! Thanks for sharing! (;

  35. Heidi N January 28, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Me and my 11 year old love making these. We use them instead of bows for presents and gift bags. Super cute.

  36. Steph S. January 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    So simple & so beautiful…thanks for sharing! :)

  37. Kat January 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    This is so super cute, thanks for sharing. I want to make and put these into a cute messy headband thing…

    xox Festival Girl,

  38. Judi January 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I’m going to give these a shot. My sister-in-law to-be wants rosettes on the bridesmaid dresses. I’ll make a few up and see if she likes them. I can just see them on her little nephews now who will be ring bearers!

  39. Rachael January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    FABULOUS!! I CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THESE! Thanks for Sharing!!

  40. shawna [of styleberryBLOG] January 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    this is great! sharing with all my FB fans now! ;)

  41. Katy Lunsford January 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Thank you for sharing, I’ve been looking for this tutorial!

  42. Leslie January 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Oh my goodness, these are too cute. They look so simple to make and I can’t wait to try.
    Question: Can you use any other type material to get the same look?

  43. Rebecca January 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    i love these! when you make headbands for your daughter, do you just use regular elastic, or do you buy baby headbands somewhere? i want to make some for my 7 mos. old baby girl, and was wondering. thank you!

  44. Lindsey_E December 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Love, love all you flower embellishments! Can’t wait to try these!

  45. Cheryl O'Donnell December 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I am so in love with your web site and ideas! I have to be careful not to spend the whole night looking through yur greatness! Thank you for sharing all your great ideas, I truly believe what we share we get back, ten fold! xoxo Cheryl / Voondi

  46. Shelby October 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    so easy and SO adorable…my friends will all get one for the holidays:)

  47. Amber Bailey- Nel October 27, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    wow, love these. I shall be making some of these this week, thanks for sharing. Amber xx

  48. KRISTIE ENDRASKE October 19, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Wow, thank you for inspiring me…..

  49. Cheri September 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    just love the look of these flowers. I can’t wait to try them…so easy!

  50. ali September 20, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Love these! Made some this weekend and blogged about it here:
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  51. Jenna September 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve seen these around blogland, but never tried it. I finally did thanks to this super-easy tutorial! Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE! I made two today – one as a hair clip for my daughter and one as a pin for me (that I’m wearing now!). Thanks for this! I can’t wait to make more!

  52. jami nato September 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    and we are meant to be BFF’s. my son wore this suit on easter. who can withstand the seersucker of it all when you’re in target?

  53. becky September 8, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Love this tutorial, Im going to make some with the colors of fall.Thanks for sharing!

  54. Alaina Moeller August 22, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Oh my gosh, I have seen these flowers and they are so easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

  55. Allison August 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    These are adorable! I have now made them into magnets, headbands, everything. I’ve also made them in every color imaginable. I absolutely love them!

  56. Heather August 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    Hi! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! It looks so great on your adorable family! I am your newest follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at http://www.modernfamilymagazine.com


  57. Mary August 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    I am new to the blogging world but let me say I am thrilled to become a part of so many wonderful and creative people. You are at the top of the list. I am so excited and wish I the fabric stores were open. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  58. Scarletomy August 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Beautiful tutorial! Great job! I am going to the fabric store today so I can try it myself!
    I found your link on Todays Creative Blog-link party

  59. Amanda August 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Oh…so, where do you get your headbands for the flowers?

  60. Kim-todays creative blog August 17, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Your blog is beautiful! Love the flower tutorial. Don’t forget to link to me too. sniff sniff

  61. Kristi-Punkin Seed Productions August 17, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    These turned out beautifully!!! Come plant your creative seeds at my blog party on Fridays: Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Production!

    Off to explore the rest of your blog – fun finding you!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  62. Kelsey Cafferky August 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    What gorgeous flowers!! I’ve attempted some myself but they never turned out this good. Great job and thanks for the “how to” on making them. Question for you…when you make your headbands, do you just use regular elastic for the band part? What length do you normally cut it to? Is there an elastic that you like the best? I have a one month old baby girl and I’m so excited to make these flowers and headbands for her! Thanks!!

  63. Wendy @ the Shabby Nest August 13, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    What a great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Frugal Friday…I’ve been wanting to make some of these…guess I’m off to the fabric store. (Oh, and you look amazingly gorgeous in that first photo, by the way.)

  64. sandi @ the whistlestop cafe August 13, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Another Friday’s Favorite! Come join the linky party~ this is one I am making for sure.
    Thanks bunches

  65. Patty August 13, 2010 at 2:36 am #

    I always wanted to try this but figured I’d burn down the house in the process.

  66. Roslyn Atwood August 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Nice tut, simple & sweet project

  67. Staci Johnson August 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    That is sooo cute!! you have some fabulous ideas of uses for those cute flowers:) Thanks for the tut!
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com
    I have a fun giveaway going on right now!

  68. april's craft nest August 12, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    some of the flower ideas out there are too time consuming and others like this one, looks great and appears to take little time! love it! and the photo of your family is darling!

  69. Kristin August 12, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    LOVE LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing. I just found your site and I am loving it!

  70. Amanda August 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Look at all these comments!! You have earned yourself lot’s of followers! Okay, so just wanted you to know that my girlfriend and I are going to make flowers galore on our cabin trip this weekend. Hello kiddie naptime activity!! I love flowers and she has a baby girl — we’re set! …and my purse is begging for a flower… :)

  71. Yanet Spitler August 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    I love these flowers! I’m going to try it. Thanks for the GREAT tutorial.

  72. Bethany @ The Paper Pony August 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    I love this tutorial! Especially all of your fabulous ideas about where to use these lovely flowers- awesome!

  73. Ginny August 10, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’m looking forward to trying them.
    What size beads are you using?

  74. Chrissy August 10, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    soooo sweet!! I’ll be making headbands now asap ;-)

  75. Stacey August 10, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Oh my stars! What made you think to do that with the candle? So cute!

  76. tammy August 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    ok so you finally gave out your secret! I thought you were never going to tell me! LOL So beautiful and so great and I am so surprised that your FIRE FIGHTER husband lets you teach all of us how to play with fire like that!

  77. meg duerksen August 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    so pretty.
    i love them all!

  78. Priscilla August 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I’ve made a bunch of flowers recently but they’re a little different. I can’t wait to try these! It’ll be a great craft for me and my 12yr old daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  79. Abbie August 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Can I just say how much I LOVE timely answers (that require little or no effort on my part) to burning questions that I have. It’s happened twice today.
    1) I wondered where in the WORLD my bank card had gotten off to, and a new one arrived in the mail today quite unexpectedly.
    2) I have been wanting to learn to make JUST these sorts of flowers (the ones with the curled edges) and did a brief, unsuccessful internet search before clicking on your tutorial (via my email updates; nice touch) and practically squealing with joy.
    God is good, even in the tiny details, isn’t He?

  80. Alison English August 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    Love it! I am totally trying this. I wanted to make some headbands for my 2 1/2 year old and she is going to LOVE this!

  81. Stacy@TheProjectShoppe August 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    LOVE them I tell you!!! Even though my little girl just started high school today, she still loves things like this…so do I. Can’t wait to make them. Thanks so much for sharing!

  82. Amanda August 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Thinking all my stuff and my daughters will be covered in flowers pretty soon! Thanks for the tutorial ;-)

  83. Angie August 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I am so excited that you shared this. I LOVE it and can’t wait to give it a try.

  84. chasity August 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    i’m gasping with excitement….
    i love fabric flowers but i’ve never seen them made this way.
    i adore them and can’t wait to give it a try!!!!

    thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial~

  85. cailan August 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    So sweet of you to share this. I love dressing my one little girl, but hair adornment is that last elusive step I never seem to get to – I’m going to have to get on this…Love how you used it for the boys too. I found those Cherokee suits on sale for my boys for next year. Thank you!

  86. Colleen August 9, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Just wanted to link you up to some info on the clementine font. You can make it so that all the letters are closed, if you would prefer it. :)
    LOVE those flowers!

  87. Lemonade Makin' Mama August 9, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    You HAVE!!! You have totally inspired me! :)

  88. fancythis August 9, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    OOH! I’m excited that you did this one! Love it! AND I get to play with fire! ;)

  89. Jane August 9, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    Very cute! Can’t wait to have a few minutes to myself and make these!!!

  90. Kim Ellis August 9, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    cool, thanks for sharing. If you do stamping and have an embossing heat gun, you can use that to melt the edges too. So cute, think my granddaughters need some.

  91. Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) August 9, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    La, la, la, lovely! I can’t wait to try this. And I love that you used them on your little handsome boy’s lapels.


  92. charis August 9, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    this is so cute! i am sharing it with my sister who loves to make this kinda stuff for her 3 girls!

  93. Becky August 9, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    How I’ve wandered here, I don’t know, but I LOVE your blog and your style. Can I be like you when I grow up? When I saw these flowers I thought, I can do this, so I have been cutting and melting and stitching all week. Fun to see your tutorial and see I figured it out myself. Not that it’s too difficult, but it still makes me cheerful. :)

  94. Gina August 9, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I love these! I think it may be something I can actually try myself. Thanks for sharing!!

  95. Tiffany August 9, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Loved this tutorial!! I will definitely have to try this out!

  96. Tessa August 9, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love your flowers and can’t wait to make some of my own. The flowers on little Audrey’s shoes are my favorite. Don’t think my boys will go for that one! :)

  97. Traci August 9, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Ugh. Who KNEW those were so darn easy?! Trying it for SURE! =)
    Thanks for the post!!!

  98. Monica August 9, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Emily-
    These are adorable! Thanks so much for all the details! Hopefully I can make some of these without burning down the house! So excited for the rest of the week!

  99. Amy August 9, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    Ok, love this. I have done some that are similiar (attempting to copy Emersonmade) but I think I like this technique way better :)!

  100. kelly August 9, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    so easy and cute!!!

  101. Marissa August 9, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    I LOVE it…I’m thinking that I need one to pin to a scarf this fall……thank you SO much for sharing!

  102. Megan August 9, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    So cute! I wish I had a little girl to make these for! Hmmm, I wonder if my husband will notice our boys wearing one…

  103. Jill Lee August 9, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    So excited, going to go get fabric today to try and make these! love them as pins and in pony-tails for my girls! Great idea for tie-backs for curtains, I might have to try that too! Thanks for the great lesson, and can’t wait for day 2’s!

  104. Amanda M. August 9, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    okay, so i make flowers, but a little differently and i have always loved yours. like oh-so-much loved yours. i am so excited to make some. thank you so very much for sharing. i think my little flowers are going to become tie-backs for a set of curtains and i think they are going to look fabulous. thank you sooooo much!!!

  105. Anonymous August 9, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    FYI – if you use the ^ symbol it will close the end character when using the Clementine Sketch font… thanks!

  106. julie August 9, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    hey girl! thanks for sharing this! i was wanting to try these and so glad you gave me direction! i will be making some of these sweet flowers!

  107. susan isaacson August 9, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! I can’t wait to make some of these for my grandchildren, and friends at church! Can’t wait to go shopping for the fabric! Oh, and thanks for the warning about combustible polyester! Boy, that would have been a surprise! Blessings on you!

  108. emily August 9, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    how creative! just lovely.

  109. Jo in New Prague, MN August 9, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    AWESOME!! I have 2 friends whose daughters are getting married next year. i’m going to make one as an example and we might use these. Thanks so much. Excellent directions – great pics – beautiful little flower. I can’t wait for Lesson 2. Have a great day.

  110. Molly August 9, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    I love this tutorial! Such cute ideas on where to wear them, great job!

  111. Arlene Grimm August 9, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    Love Love Love!! Thanks for sharing.

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