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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fabric Flower Clips

{How to make a fabric flower}

About a month ago I guest posted on I Heart Naptime. I showed how to make a fluffy fabric flower that has window screen as a secret ingredient! This is a super cute flower that can be changed up for any holiday, and would look great as a hair clip or attached to a bag.



But you're thinking...window screen in a hair clip? I know--but it totally works!

I bought a roll of window screen a couple of years ago and have used it in a few different projects you can find on my blog. Like Halloween Screens and a Travel Earring Case



In these clips they add some texture and rigidity.

Supplies and Tools
Fabric, not knit, pre-washed so it doesn't bleed
Window screen, not the metal kind (you could also use a really stiff tulle)
Scissors
Needle
Strong thread, like embroidery
Boiling water
Tongs
Towel
Fabric stiffener
Source
Hair dryer
Clip
Glue gun

Cut 9 circles of fabric,  3 of each at these diameters: 3 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 2 inches. Then cut one circle of screen at each of those sizes too.  


Stack the circles, starting with the largest circles on the bottom. Arrange them fabric-fabric-screen-fabric, then add the smaller circles. Using thread and needle, sew the whole thing together in the center, making sure it's very secure.

Cut 5 slits around the two smaller sets of circles, and 6 in the bottom set, making sure to NOT cut all the way to the center, or you'll clip the "petals" right off.



Drop the flower into boiling water and swish it around with tongs for a couple of minutes, then carefully take it out. Rub it between your hands with a towel to rough it up.  



Next take a dime size (or a little less) amount of fabric stiffener and massage it into the whole fabric mess with your hands and then dry it with a hair dryer, fluffing and shaping a little as needed as you go.  Once you have your fabric nice and poofy, it's ready for a clip on the back. 


If you make any of these yourself, I'd love to see them! Post a pic on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram!

2 comments:

  1. That is a pretty fun sounding project. Thanks so much for sharing. They really end up so cute, too.

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  2. Pretty! I would never have thought to use window screening in a flower!! I've posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fabric-flowers-made-with-window-screening/2014/09/13/
    --Anne

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