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Tutorial: Silk Flowers — Great for Headbands, Jewelry, Clothing, etc.

The most popular item at Island Belle Boutique is by far the silk poppy hair accessories. They’re flirty, feminine, and subtle. Needless to say I wear them all the time … like every day practically. And today, because I’m nice, because I’m especially happy these days, and because the snow has melted (hallelujah!), I’m going to share my trade secret of how to make them today. Once you understand the basic steps of how to create these fabric flowers, you can use them anywhere. They make great gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, favors for your luncheons and/or showers, and accessories for yourself (!), friends, and daughters.

And if you’re thinking, “I LOVE these flowers and totally need some, but I SO don’t want to take the time to make my own,” just

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the silk flower line at Island Belle Boutique.

Supplies: Light-weight silk fabric * Scissors * Candle & Matches * Needle & Thread * Beads / Buttons / Pearls / etc. for the center of your flower (it’s up to you!)

Steps

1. Cut circles of varying sizes from your silk (they don’t have to be perfect!)

2. Light candle and singe the edges of your circles. You don’t need to put the fabric directly in the flame. It will melt and seal the edge just by being in close proximity to the flame.

3. Stack circles (your petals) according to your own personal preference. You can make them lopsided or perfectly spaced, sparse or extra full. Just add your own style!

4. Insert needle and thread up through the bottom of flower, thread button or bead onto the needle and insert the needle back down through the flower. Repeat this process until you have sewn on all your beads or buttons. I always recommend using odd numbers for beads, buttons, or pearls.
5. Once you’ve sewn on your last bead, knot the thread at the bottom/base of your flower. All done!

You can now attach it (with fabric glue or more stitching) to a headband

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or a hair pin,

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on a purse,

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on a shirt,

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or even on a lapel pin (for a modern take on the ever-classy corsage).

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You could even add these flowers to bracelets, shoe clips, ribbon belts, skirts, throw pillows, bed skirts, napkin rings, garlands, and more!

To see this tutorial demonstrated CLICK HERE for my appearance on Salt Lake City’s morning show, Good Things Utah.

Variations:

1. Use cotton fabric instead of silk. Just skip the step where you singe the edges and let the fabric fray slightly.

2. Use different colors for each layer of the petals.

3. Add tulle between the petal layers.

4. Spray with adhesive glue and sprinkle glitter for a little glam.

5. Add feathers.

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  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your secret! I seriously adore my headband and hair clip you made me. I get compliments every time I wear one – which is often.

  2. Hi! I love your headbands and clips. I was wondering what kind of light-weight silk fabric you use. I tried to use a pure silk and a silk/cotton blend and the candle keeps burning the ends. Thanks for your help!

  3. Silk fabric does not melt. You probably got a polyester satin thinking it was silk. I have done this style of flower with a poly satin and it works wonderfully.

  4. Hi, I’m currently an intern at an NGO in Croix-des-Bouquets. I’m very interested in your education program – is there any way I can get more information? Thanks,Kelsey Swift

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