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How to make satin fabric flowers

Posted by  ·  March 3, 2011  ·  Last Updated: March 3, 2011

Welcome Christa of Brown Sugar Toast. She is here today sharing a beautiful fabric flower tutorial!

Christa writes….

Hey there! I am so happy to be here with all of you at Skip to My Lou! My name is Christa and I blog over at Brown Sugar Toast. A little about me:
1. I am married to the love of my life. He’s a youth pastor and is the best one ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰
2. We have a precious little girl – and one in heaven.
3. I love to run and just finished my first half-marathon in November.
4. I have a humongous weakness for all things chocolate – most specifically brownies and m&m’s. amazing.

The title for today’s post is

What to Do with an Old Bridesmaid Dress

You know what I’m talking about, right? This is how the story goes:

Your friend had a beautiful wedding.

Source: loanforwedding.com

(By the way, did you notice the source for the pic above? ha – seems fitting, right?)

You were the bridesmaid.

She chose a satin-y dress.

You wore it and looked beautiful (or not ๐Ÿ˜› ).

Source: projo

You kept the dress but never wore it again.

Yes, I have been in the same situation.

Recently, I found a bridesmaid outfit I wore in my sister’s wedding. I saved it because I really liked it – but I tried it on & came to grips with the fact that I would never wear it again. So…I decided to make something out of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t let all that material go to waste, now can we?

Here’s what I made:

Fabric Flower Tutorial

And here’s how you can do it too:

Start with a bridesmaid dress, skirt, top, or…if you don’t have one…just start with a piece of polyester satin:

Can you tell that I hate ironing? Once again, ironing is not needed for this project. Yippee! Sign me up!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Get some good, sharp scissors:

(don’t be deceived – these scissors aren’t sharp at all. just go with what you have;))

Take the hint that your daughter is ready for a nap and put her down – after removing her from your beloved dress:

Now, to get started…Cut your satin into squares –

the size and amount of squares depends on how full you want your flower to be. Let’s start with 5 layers like I did. Here are the dimensions for the squares:
Layer 1 – 3.5″ x 3.5″
Layer 2 – 3″ x 3″
Layer 3 – 2.5″ x 2.5″
Layer 4 – 2″ x 2″
Layer 5 – 1.5″ x 1.5″

I just held the measuring tape up to the fabric and snipped it, then cut it all the way through.

Now, it’s time to round the corners of your satin squares:

Now, you need a candle. The flame should not be out of control…

It should be a nice, soft flame ๐Ÿ™‚

Aaaaahhhhh, much better. Take your rounded square, and put it near the flame, like so:

The edges of the satin will begin to curl. Rotate the satin until the whole piece has a nice, curled edge. Continue until all 5 layers are “curled.” If a little bit of wax gets on your flower because you were not paying attention and got to close to the candle:

just cut it off and re-burn the edge. no biggie.

If you begin to see other things in the room catch fire, it might be a good idea to do this:

And, if you’re beginning to feel lightheaded and your eyes are doing funny things from staring into the flame for such a long time, it is most definitely a good idea to have some of this:

yes, I like Ikea for their furniture and super cool “as-is” section,
but this is quickly becoming my fave part about them ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that all the commotion is over, let’s get back to flower making, shall we? Get some thread that is a similar color to your fabric:

Place the layers on top of each other in a way that looks flower-like to you:

and start sewing them together, starting from the back. I went through quite a few times – just until I felt it was secure.

Now comes the fun part!!! Pick your center for the flower. Here’s my flower with 3 beads left over from a necklace my daughter broke. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just sewed them through the center of the flower. easy.

Or, you can pick up a pack of button-like things (what are these called?) from the fabric store (these were 10 cents!!),

fire up your hot glue gun,

and glue one of those babies on the center of the flower, making sure to press down to seal it together:

I also put a few little dabs of hot glue around the edges of my flower because I didn’t want the layers floppin’ all over the place:

How ’bout it?

There are so many funnnnn things you can do with these flowers!!

Attach it to a headband:

Wear it on a sweater:

Hot glue a clip on it:

and wear it in your hair:

And if you’re going to do that, then why not make 2 of them – one for yourself and one for your daughter?

Then you can wear them together and look oh-so-cute. For those of you who like the look, but don’t want to make them yourself, I have a few in my etsy shop…just for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, what do you think? Anyone have some old bridesmaid regalia you’re going to cut up? Another place I haunt is the fabric remnant section in craft/fabric stores. It’s a great place to get scraps for *cheap* and then you won’t feel so bad if the project doesn’t turn out.

Happy crafting! Let me know if you make a flower!! I’d love to see your pics!

A big thanks to Cindy for letting me join you all today! I’d love to get to know you a little better, so feel free to drop in sometime. The good thing about blogland is – you’ll never find me in my pj’s and without makeup, so anytime is a good time to stop by. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. Heather
    Thursday, November 8th, 2012
    Thank you so much for sharing this fun tutorial! After three amazing boys, we just had our first daughter. Her Christening is coming up soon and I wanted to do something special. she is wearing the family gown, which all of my aunts, sisters, and cousins were Christened in, including myself. Each name is embroidered on the dress. I wanted to make her a special headband using my wedding dress and this guide helped me make the rosettes. I am going to put the headband aside for her so she can use it as a garter on her wedding day. Thank you, once again, for sharing this!
  2. Saturday, October 6th, 2012
    I real lucky to find this internet site on bing, just what I was looking for :D as well bookmarked.
  3. Dianna
    Thursday, July 19th, 2012
    Thanks so much for the tutorial, love the flowers.
  4. BevSac
    Saturday, June 30th, 2012
    This is a terrific idea!!! I am going to be making a tulle shoulder wrap for my daughter to wear on her wedding day and have been looking for something to do for a closure....I am going to take some of the fabric from my wedding dress along with some old pearls from a broken necklaces of my mothers and make one of these flowers for the closure. I hope it comes out as good as yours and she likes it! Thanks for posting this easy to follow tutorial and for the clever commentary!
  5. Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
    Love this tutorial! I'm a bridesmaid for a wedding this weekend, and my dress is satin, satin, satin. I'm keeping it though, maybe using it for dances and special occasions. But I have quite a bit of extra fabric, and my dress needs something special added to it. SO, I'm making flowers for my neckline, and hair. This is so easy, and quite fun, I daresay. :)

    Thank you!

    P.S. If my flowers actually turn out (heh, heh) I'll be posting them on my blog in the next few days. I'll cite your blog, of course. And, I'd love it if you stopped by and checked out my work! :)
  6. Erica
    Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
    I am just now learning to sew... slowly! I visit many blogs/tutorials to get ideas and learn techniques (that don't require a pattern!).
    I've never posted a message, but feel compelled to tell you how much I enjoy reading yours. Practical, funny & easy to relate! Thanks for sharing all you do!
  7. Sija
    Friday, February 24th, 2012
    Wow' this was so very easy to follow and my flower came out perfect!!!! Many thanks for sharing your knowledge:)
  8. Marcella Vander Eems
    Monday, February 20th, 2012
    made 2 with a daughter today...my fabric did not curl too much I i purchased 100% polyester satin...but they are cute.
    thanks for the inspiration.
    more are in our future.
  9. Joan Pike
    Friday, February 17th, 2012
    Can you use satin pillowcases or satin (tricot) pajamas?? Or are they too flimsy?? Thanks
    • Friday, February 17th, 2012
      I think it would matter more if you are able to burn the edges.
  10. Terrie James
    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    Great tutorial with photos. Will share with friends.
  11. Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
  12. Natalia
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    SOOO cute! I may have to get Goodwill dress to do this with!!!!
  13. radnav
    Friday, March 11th, 2011
    Such a cute flower! detailed tutorial!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $38 store credit + free shipping from busy little hands to select any cute backpack for kids from her store. Check it out!
  14. Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
    What an awesome post!! I want to make rosettes, but your post is what intrigued me the most! quite hilarious!

    and very creative. thank you for sharing!
  15. Monday, March 7th, 2011
    How cute! I actually found fabric that matches the bridesmaid dresses for a wedding that has yet to happen, and wanted to make matching flowers for hair clips - this is cuter than the other versions I was able to find. Thanks for sharing it!
  16. Friday, March 4th, 2011
    very pretty! now I must find some satin so I can make some of these puppies!! I do have a white satin wedding dress someone gave me, bet it would work!
  17. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Great tutorial! Those flowers are adorable and how wonderful that the dress is recycled into something useful and pretty.
  18. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    I love the square idea too!
    I had some left over black fabric from a dress I made for my daughter, and it worked perfectly--I wear them all the time myself too!
  19. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Zarah - yes, you should DEFinitely hook yourself up to some chocolate when you go back to Ikea!
    Naturally me - I've even seen flowers made out of squares without rounding the corners. a different look, but both are nice!
  20. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    I love this! Very creative.
  21. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    These are just adorable! Thank you for the wonderful pictures you've posted, they're very helpful.
  22. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    great tutorial.
    I've made these before and they are awesome on all kinds of things.
    i especially like the one you put on the headband.
  23. Maria
    Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Great idea! I have a little girl that can't get enough flowers! Thanks!
  24. Zarah
    Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    (Actually went to IKEA the day before yesterday but didn't get any chocolate. Starting to regret that, badly...! ;))

    LOVE this tutorial. I adore the funny notes and I heaaaart the flowers! I've been intending to do something like this for a while but so far: no cigar. Getting closer by the day though! ;)
  25. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    I love making these little flowers, but i've always been cutting them out in circles - what a schlepp! The square idea is much easier, tnx for sharing! :)
  26. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Yea! So glad you liked them! Bethany - totally! I'd love to see your flowers when you're done! :)
  27. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    I have a couple old bridesmaid dresses from the 90's that could definitely be put to good use for this project. Thank you for sharing this tutorial!
  28. sue
    Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
  29. Jennifer
    Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Christa, great job on this tutorial! Those are so cute. I will have to try some. What a nice surprise to see you on here today, I was thinking "hey, I know her" : )
    Jennifer Creech
  30. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Three weddings in one year--you BET I have bridesmaid dresses! Of course, all the brides picked one so we could wear it again if we wanted. No thanks--I'll be making some flowers :)