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Thursday, October 6, 2011

DIY Tutorial: Chiffon / Tulle Flowers

A few weeks back I posted beautiful blue shoes, adorned with cute little chiffon flowers (which were clipped on) for Tuesday Shoesday. Here is a DIY tutorial I found on one of my favourite blogs, Sparkle and Hay, on how to make these precious little treasures yourself...and you can use them on hair, pinned on a dress, shoes or a clutch. They are so easy to make and are super versatile and will add that little element of girly-ness to your look!

This is what you will need:
Chiffon and tulle fabric – how many metres will depend on how many flowers you want.
Paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle & thread, and glass seed beads.

Step 1:
Create a stencil by drawing a single petal shape on the paper and cut it out. You can Google petal patterns to help you here.

Step 2:
Take your fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than the flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower – the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. (Example shown here uses 26 layers of fabric)

Step 3:
Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center. Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape.

Step 4:
If desired, sew decorative seed beads in the inside center of the flower and sew the flower to a hair clip, comb, or piece of ribbon.

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