Monday, October 4, 2010

Singed Flower Tutorial

I'm in love with my golden flower brooch. The possibilities are endless. I've worn them on my shoes (see above), my jacket... My belt... (this skirt was one of my very first sewing projects a few years ago...*sweet memories*)
Made them into hair accessories...
What is my obsession with red shoes??

I even made a precious little girl's headband using leftover fabric from this project.

I've made them in varying sizes.
I just can't get enough of them.

To make your own you'll need:

polysatin fabric
coordinating thread
votive candle
coordinating beads
clasp for securing (jewelry pin, bobby pin, elastic)
sewing pin(s)
big ol' cup of water

Create your work space by lining the area with foil. This safeguards against any mishaps. Also keep a large container of water within arm's reach. I used this several times (not to put out any fires, but to toss my burning matches in). Can I just say pretty, pretty, pretty please be careful. Don't do this when kids are around. Don't do this if you can't chew gum and walk at the same time. Don't do this if you at all think you might burn your fingers off. For goodness sake, please be careful! {And don't say I didn't warn ya, if you do burn your fingers off! (But please, don't burn your fingers off...)}

To start with, cut imperfect circles in varying sizes. I started with my pin holder as a guide. For reference, the largest petal on my largest flower brooch is bigger than this:
Using a votive candle, oh-so-carefully singe the edges. You'll see the tiny loose threads disappear and melt, and the edges will curl.

You'll need to turn your fabric over to get the desired curl. After my edges were singed, I turned my fabric over and put the flame about 1/4 inch in. This helped make a more petal-like curl.

Don't try this at home...

Do this with varying sizes of fabric and layer about 10-15 pieces on top of each other. Then cut out 3-4 pieces of tulle to match the varying sizes of your petals. I like to put one in front of the largest petal, one in the middle, and one on the very top. It softens up the look and adds more texture. {Don't singe tulle!}

Then, to secure it all together, use a sewing pin and catch all layers, including your tulle. It will look like this:
Thread your needle, knot one end, and start from the bottom. Go all the way through the layers, pulling taught, then back through near where your needle's entry point was. Do this 3 or 4 times before you take out the pin.

Secure underneath the bottom layer with a knot for extra stability. Without cutting your thread, make one more pass, through all the layers, to the top again. This time, thread your needle through a bead or decorative item of your choice, and pass the needle back through all layers until the needle and thread are taught under bottom layer. Knot. Repeat if desired with additional beads.

For my large and medium sized flowers, I like the look of three beads best. For my smallest ones, I use only one.

To add a clasp or elastic or bobby pin, pass your needle through only the bottom layer of fabric. Secure the clasp.

See how I didn't take the needle and thread to the top while adding the clasp? Only the last layer is necessary, and it allows all of those wide stitches to remain hidden.

Follow the same pattern for almost all clasps. The key to stability is lots of stitches.

You made it to the end of this tutorial?! Wow, you deserve an extra reward. Here's a sneak peek at one of my very favorite uses of the singed flower, that I'll be highlighting later this week...

I helped decorate at a Ladies' Brunch and I've got table decorating ideas (with pictures!) like you wouldn't believe! Come back soon!

Linking to these lovely ladies:
Today's Creative Blog .. It's a Blog Party .. Topsy Turvy .. The Creative Itch .. Skip to My Lou...Kojo Designs...Tatertots & Jello...


  1. I can't wait to try this out..I've been wanting to make some of these pretties for the longest time, and your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. So, can I request one of the little girl headbands in pale pink?? These were so cute!!!

  3. Love it! What gorgeous flowers! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  4. LOVE these- can't wait to see the table decor ideas!
    we have a link party on fridays, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

  5. Beautiful! I tried my hand at these and they didn't turn out nearly as pretty as yours. thanks for sharing your tips. I will have another go at it as I have lots of fabric for them.

  6. I make these too! I must say they are addicting, I think it's the playing with the fire part. Yesterday I noticed a great tip on another blog. Use a clothespin to hold the fabric over the fire. Why didn't I think of that???? Found you on TDC, I was a "newbie" showcased too! Stop by and check out my blog sometime!

  7. I love these and want to make a couple as gifts. My edges turn black!! I'm using a crepe-back satin. Wrong kind of fabric maybe??

  8. These are gorgeous!! I can't wait to try them for my girls! I've made lace roses that have the vintage feel, ( but I'm so excited to try these beauties for a different flower. Yay! Thanks for the tutorial!

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