Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let's Play with Fire - Tutorial

..and burn some fabric! Nah, I don't mean all the ugly fabric tucked in the back of your cupboard. Let's burn the edges of some fabric to create flowers.
Y'all this is so simple and fast, you'll be making entire bouquets this afternoon. You'll need:


Synthetic Fabric
we'll talk about this in a moment

Heat Source
gotta have a flame!

matching is preferable, though not necessary

or some other type of 'stamen' embellishment

I'm a big fan of using whatever you have on hand. Typically, I don't have synthetic fabric on hand. By synthetic, I mean polyesters...satin, acrylic, fabrics, not Creator-made fabrics. I rarely purchase synthetic fabrics, so I shopped my closet. Deep in the recesses, in the land of Waybackwhen, I found a bridesmaid outfit. The skirt was made of some sort of scratchy polyester with an overlay of crinkled chiffon (or maybe it's organza)...PERFECT!

Grab your scissors and cut some circles!

The circles do not have to be perfectly round. In fact, I've found the prettiest burnt-edge flowers begin with a wonky round shape. Of course, if you are a bit OCD or still overcoming your Perfectionist tendencies; go ahead and use your AccuQuilt or circle templates and make those perfect circles! Cut several different sizes. Make an odd or even amount of circles, whatever your preference.

Burn Baby Burn!

Using either the blue flame from your gas stovetop or a lighter, we're going to burn the edges of those flowers. It happens very quickly! DO NOT hold the fabric directly in the flame. HOLD the fabric ABOVE the flame. The heat will be so intense, it will burn the fabric edges. It's a bit magical to watch. Here's a video...

When you're finished burning, you'll have a bunch of burnt fabric that should look something like this...

Stack 'em Up!

Now that you've channeled your inner pyromaniac, it's time to stack up those 'petals' and create a flower. Starting with the largest circle, stack the next smallest size atop the first.

Using your thread, stitch through the center of your stack, to keep those flowers together. You only need a few backstitches. If you prefer, you can use your sewing machine. Set the zig-zag stitch to a wide stitch width and low stitch length.

Button Up!

Pull out all those buttons you've been saving. Find a couple that make a pretty stamen for your flower. I like using my vintage buttons for this project. Kind of mixes the old and the new for a unique look.

Stitch on the button and you're flower is finished! You can add these to headbands, hats, shirts, whatever. They are a fun embellishment to your sewing projects. Because they're so quick, you can make several at a time.

I even stitched an elastic band to one flower to make a pony-tail holder for LittleGirl. I'm thinkin' hot glue and a pin bracket or alligator clip would be a fabulous way to create one-of-a-kind 'jewelry' too.

Give this a try, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions. Happy Crafting!

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