For todays Fancy Friday I’d like to share with you how I made the gorgeous chiffon flower clips that adorn the bags when you purchase a gift certificate from me. These would make lovely stocking stuffers for a sister, daughter, niece or best friend. Or you could use it to complete a beautifully wrapped gift.
Materials – makes 3 flowers
.25 metre Chiffon
.25 metre tulle
flower template (found at the bottom of the page)
embellishment for the middle (beads, pearls or buttons)
small piece of felt
hot glue gun
First I cut a strip of chiffon the width of the fabric and about 5 inches long. Then I folded it so it created a 5 inch square. Pin the flower template to the folded fabric.
Cut around the template to create the flower shapes with the fabric. Do this for all 3 sizes in both the chiffon fabric & the tulle. You should get 10 flower shapes from each set of folded fabric.
Next, you need to singe the edges of each flower shape using the heat from a candle. They will naturally curl to create petal shapes. Please be careful here not to burn your fingers or your home down!!
Then you need to layer each size of flower on top of each other. First lay the biggest chiffon flower, then another one, but this time turn it a little so it rests in between the petals of the first layer. Add the largest tulle flower shape on top, and move onto the middle size chiffon flower shapes. Keep rotating the flower shapes so they eventually create a full looking flower, finishing with the smallest size flower shape last.
Now you need to use the thread to sew all the layers together. Go up from underneath and through all the layers and then back down through the middle. Do this quite a few times to secure all the layers.
Once you are done sewing the middle, it should be slightly pinched.
You then need to add your embellishment to the middle. I used a rhinestone button for mine, however you could use a regular button, beads or pearls. Once you are finished it should look like this!
To turn into something that you can wear you need to add either a brooch pin or a hair clip, or both, which is what I did. I used hot glue to secure these to the back, and then used a small piece of felt to give it a bit more sturdiness.
Volia! It is fairly simple to make, but I do have to warn you that it took me about 2 hours to make these three, so it is a little time consuming. They are well worth it though and have multiple uses. As a women’s portrait photographer I am always looking for accessories that can be very versatile & used in several ways to create different looks. My suggestions are to add it a pretty necklace, use it as a hair clip, pin it to a top or jacket as a brooch or attach to a scarf to pretty it up. I’m sure there are many other uses too!
Here is the template for all 3 flower shapes. Drag the template image to your desktop then set your printer to fill the entire page & they will print the right size. Have fun!!