Sometimes we just need a safe project. Something we know and can do in our sleep. I love dreaming and creating new things, but there is a sweet comfort that comes with a staple that I have done for years.
To me, making chiffon flowers are something that I have come to find as a quick downtime activity. I love the many color options and variations you can do with this flower by the types of buttons you give them and how you decide to use them. I am going to show you how I make them, and then give you a few easy ways you can use them.
Start with getting some chiffon fabric, sharp scissors, thread, needle, and buttons together. Once you have all your supplies out, you are ready to start!
1. The first thing I do is cut some strips of chiffon about 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ inch wide.
2. I then double thread my needle and weave it in and out of the chiffon strip all the way down.
3. I then push and scrunch my fabric close together
4. I then knot the ends of the thread as tight as I can to the other end of my thread, so the fabric has turned from a strip into a flower.
I like to make several of these with the different widths and lengths of stripes. The longer strips will create a more ruffled, full flower. I usually do a 1/2″ wide strip flower as my first flower and then a 1″ flower, and then a 1 1/2″ flower on the base and I tie all three-layered flowers together. Then for the final embellishment I add a button in the center of my top flower. Use your needle and thread to attach the button by going through the flower four or five times.
Tying several flowers together will give it a taller, fatter look that I love. This can be the hardest step. But don’t stress. Most of the time I go back and add a little hot glue to reinforce my layers and make sure it all stays secure.
There are lots of ways you can use these flowers. I love to make them as baby shower presents. You can easily glue a clip to the back of your flower and clip it to a headband like I did here.
For newborns, I love my DIY newborn headband. It’s soft and doesn’t leave marks on the baby’s sweet head.
There are lots of other ways to use these flowers! Glue them to plain picture frames as a fun embellishment, or you can make a bunch and glue them to a wreath. Those are just two ways to use these flowers. I know they would be cute glued to baskets, cards, etc. How would you use them??
Thank you so much for stopping in! Friday is coming! I hope you have a great weekend and get to use your imagination! The possibilities are endless!
**I shared this project over at my friend, Wait ’til Your Father Gets Home‘s blog.
I love these 🙂
Thanks so much kendra! Miss you! XO, Erica
Sarah Boring says
Can you do something to the edges to make them look more finished? I need to make chiffon flowers for a wedding, but I don’t think she wants an unfinished edge. Thanks!
Hey Sarah, I would probably double the width of fabric I used. Then fold it in half and do a light iron to crease the fold. (Do a low setting on the iron to not scorch the fabric!) And then do the same method I did. In this way, it adds a step but all the fringe will be tucked under the button. I hope this helps! Best of luck with your flowers! I know they will be beautiful! XO, Erica
Hello Erica!!! I am not sure if I commented on this post yet…but I make flowers sort of like this…not sure either if they are on my bog…I am so not a good blogger!! I dont know WHEN the last time I was on my own! LOL…yours seems much more intersting!! Anyways, I have been making fabric flowers and using buttons, and big mismatched/broken earrings, big pearls and now some ‘I Am roses’ roses/flowers/leaves on mine!! I glue a pin backing on them and now have found those metal hair clippies and will glue them on there, have also glued mine to strong magnets!! It is so relaxng to make my flowers. I need to try it your way now…with needle and thread, hoping to NOT stab myself in the process!! Have never worked with Chiffon, always have used tuille and old vintage fabric or a cotton pillow case from yard sales, jeans/shirts/sheets from yard sales…that way I dont feel bad cutting them up!!! Happy St. Patty’s Day to Ya!!! XOX Pam
Oh yea Erica…also am using maribou feathers I get from ebay in between the layers or some eyelash yarn!!! OK…I’m dont taking up your blog space now! LOL
Does hot glue really hold the gems on or is there something better to use?