If you want to save money and avoid purchasing expensive bouquets, make realistic flowers out of organza. This sheer synthetic fabric is an excellent value, and your flowers will last for many years! Individual petals can be cut and singed with a candle to curl slightly, or a long piece of organza can be gathered to make a puffy textured flower. In any case, you’ll have a lot of fun making these long-lasting flowers.
Method 1 Making a Flower with Individual Petals
1. Purchase any colour silk or synthetic organza. Determine whether you want to use a single colour of fabric or a variety of shades to achieve a realistic look. Choose a deep red, a lighter red, and a pale red, for example, if you want to sew a red organza flower. The slight colour variation will give your flower a more natural appearance.
Near the organza, you might find organdie or organdy for sale. Because it is made of cotton, it will not curl like organza and should not be used for flowers.
The amount of fabric required is determined by the size of your flowers and the number of layers used.
2. Make two or three circular templates in a variety of widths. Take out a large piece of cardboard and a plate or glass that is as wide as you want the flower to be. Place it on a piece of cardboard. Trace a circle around the side of the plate or glass and cut it out. Then, make another 1 or 2 templates that are 12 to 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 cm) smaller in size.
Make one circle template that is 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, one that is 4 inches (10 cm), and one that is 3 inches (8 cm) (7.6 cm).
3. Place the templates on the fabric and cut 5 or 6 fabric circles. Place the templates on the organza and spread it out on a flat surface. Circumscribe each circle with fabric chalk or a pencil. The circles should then be cut out. Although you can cut as many circles as you want in any size, aim for at least 5 or 6 circles.
Remember that more layers result in a fuller flower. For example, if you want a really full flower, use about a dozen circles.
Sort the fabric circles according to their size. This allows you to quickly assemble your flowers.
4. To singe the edge of a fabric circle, hold it above a candle flame. Light a candle and hold an organza circle 12 in (1.3 cm) above the flame to curl the edges of your flower petals. Put it just close enough that the heat melts the fabric’s edge. Slowly move the circle around the fabric edge to quickly singe it.
Singe each petal so that it appears to be curling open slightly.
Place a glass of water near your work surface so you can quickly extinguish a blaze if the fabric catches fire.
5. Stack your curled layers in the order of largest to smallest. Lay out a few of the largest circles on your work surface to start assembling an organza flower. Then, draw two or three slightly smaller circles on top of them. Finish by arranging a few of the smallest circles on top of your flower.
The circles do not have to be perfectly stacked. In fact, keeping them slightly off-center enhances the petals’ interest and uniqueness.
6. To keep the flower in place, thread a needle and sew through the centre. Insert a needle through the bottom of the flower with thread that matches the colour of your fabric. Pull the needle up through the centre of all the layers and down through the centre again. Continue sewing back and forth to make stitches that will hold the flower in place.
If you don’t want to sew the flower, use a hot glue gun to attach each layer. When working with hot glue, take care not to burn yourself.
7. Trim the tail of the thread after it has been tied. Cut the thread tail close to the knot so that it does not fall below the flower. If you want to hide the stitches, glue or sew small beads into the centre of the flower.
If you want to give the flower a flat base, glue a small felt circle to the bottom. This can make attaching the flower to other projects easier.
Method 2 Creating a Ruffled Flower
1. Cut a strip of organza so it’s 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) wide. Unroll organza fabric in any color and cut a piece that’s at least 12 inches (30 cm) long and 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) wide. For a flower that’s about 5 inches (13 cm) across, cut the strip so it’s about 40 inches (100 cm) long.
Tip: This is a great project for using up leftover organza fabric. You could even use old organza curtains instead of buying new fabric.
2. Fold the fabric strip into a rectangle. Fold one end of the fabric onto the opposite end, resulting in a strip that is half its original length. Then, fold the folded edge over to the other end. Continue to fold the fabric until you have a rectangle about 2 inches (5.1 cm) across.
Because you’ve folded the fabric, you’ll only need to cut the petal shape once, making this a quick way to make flowers.
3. Make a curved edge on the top of the folded fabric. Holding the folded fabric, cut a curve along the top with scissors. Throw away the scraps of fabric and unfold the fabric strip to reveal the scalloped edge you just cut.
If you cut the bottom of the fabric, it will be difficult to hold onto the flower while shaping it.
4. If you want to curl the petals, hold the scalloped edges over a candle flame. Light a small candle and carefully hold the fabric’s curved edge 12 inch (1.3 cm) above the flame. The heat from the candle only takes a second to singe the organza, so keep moving the scalloped edge over the flame until you’ve worked your way across the entire strip of fabric.
You can skip this step if you are not attempting to create realistic petals.
5. Thread a needle and fold the fabric strip in half crosswise. Spread the scalloped organza strip out. Fold one end of the fabric so that it is nearly parallel to the opposite end. Then, thread a needle with the organza’s matching thread and tie a knot at the end.
The scallops do not have to be perfectly aligned. The flower will look more realistic if the scallops are overlapped slightly off-center.
6. Stitch a running stitch across the folded fabric strip’s bottom. Insert your needle through both layers of fabric at the end of the strip. Leave about 14 inch (0.64 cm) of space and re-thread the needle through the fabric. Make another stitch up through the fabric, leaving another gap. Continue the running stitch until you reach the fabric’s folded end.
The basting stitch is another name for the running stitch.
7. Pull the thread to gather the flower and sew the flower’s bottom. Pull the thread gently once you’ve stitched to the end of the fabric strip. The fabric will ruffle and gather as you pull. Bring the flower’s ends together and insert your needle into the opposite fabric end. Then, sew back and forth across the bottom of the flower to secure the layers.
8. To finish your flower, cut the thread and trim the excess. Cut the thread tail close to the knot so it doesn’t trail under the flower’s base. Glue a small felt circle to the bottom of the flower if you intend to attach it to other decorations. This serves as a foundation for the other crafts.
Method 3 Styling and Using Organza Flowers
1. To make flowers, choose a single colour or a few complementary shades. You can use several different shades of a colour if you make the flower with individual circle petals. The different shades of the circles make the flower look more realistic when stacked. Simply use one colour of organza fabric to make the ruffled flower if you want to keep things simple.
To make a vibrant pink flower, stack dark pink petals on top of pale pink petals. Then, for the flower bud, place white or cream petals in the centre.
2. If you want to attach them to jewellery, cards, or headbands, make small flowers. Make small organza flowers (less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) across) and hot glue them to a headband or hairclip for a cute floral hair accessory. If you want to give your cards, banners, or signs a fun spring look, you can glue tiny flowers on them.
Small organza flowers make excellent handbag or purse decorations. Simply stitch the bottom of the flower to the fabric of your bag to keep it from sliding around.
3. Make large organza flowers for wreaths or other home decor projects. Purchase a wooden or metal wreath frame and hot glue large flowers around the perimeter. Attach a few to one side for an asymmetrical look, or cover the entire frame with flowers for a full effect. Experiment with different colours and sizes to make your wreath stand out.
Hot glue the bottoms of organza flowers to napkin rings to make a nice table display. For a whimsical look, scatter small organza across the table.
4. Make a custom flower bouquet out of organza flowers. Slide small green floral wire through the bottom of your organza flowers if you want to save money on fresh flowers or simply want a bouquet that will last for years. Wrap floral tape around the flower’s base or hot glue the wire in place. Gather several flower stems together and secure the bouquet with a ribbon around the centre.
Make your bouquet as elaborate or as simple as you like. For example, experiment with combining different types of flowers or using organza flowers of varying sizes.
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