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my new obsession! please be careful when using fire, though =]
I've seen lots of these flowers on Etsy (used on hair clips, hats, jewelry, and more) and seen a few different tutorials on the web, so the other night I decided to try my hand at making some - I'm hooked! These are really simple, and good for using up scraps of fabric or lone buttons you have around the house. I love these because I don't have a sewing machine, and I'm always looking for ways to make fabric flowers that won't involve tons of hand sewing.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR LIGHTER AND/OR CANDLE!
Try not to burn yourself, or your work area. ;)

Posted by ErsatzEpiphany from Seattle, Washington, United States • Published See ErsatzEpiphany's 103 projects »
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  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out several circles in different sizes. You can use as many layers as you like - so far I've done 5-8.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make sure that the sizes line up, trim as needed.

    Your circles don't HAVE to be perfect, but if you like, use a guide or stencil to help.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 3
    Step 3

    Light your tea candle.

    Some tutorials I've seen say to just use a lighter for this, but I think a candle is easier. Lighters get too hot!

    Carefully hold the edges of your fabric up to the flame, they will begin to curl slightly. (You can test the different fabrics using scraps from your circles. It will help you become familiar with how close to put your fabric to the flame and the ways that they react when they begin to burn a bit.)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn the circle until all edges are singed.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat steps 3 & 4 until all your circles have had their edges scorched.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 6
    Step 6

    Arrange your circles the way you would like them (I don't line mine up perfectly, I like them to be a little messy. I think it looks better that way.)

    Thread your needle, and pass it through the center of your flower.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use a few small stitches to secure everything.

    (Sorry for the black thread. I was too lazy to stop and find my white thread - since the stitches are hidden in the end, it doesn't matter too much what color you use!)

    Just be careful that your stitches will all be hidden by whatever you want to use as the middle of your flower. :)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut a small circle from your felt scraps, and hot glue securely to the back of your flower.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 9
    Step 9

    Lastly, add the center to your flower! You can use cabochons, rhinestones, buttons, or whatever else you think will be pretty! I just hot glue mine over the area I made the stitches on.

    Finished! Now you can do lots of things with them - put them on a hair clip, a headband (see my next how-to!), sew them to a belt, hat, or shirt, add them to a brooch, use them for scrapbooking, or maybe card making... I have a lot of plans for these!

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Simple Scorched Fabric Flowers - Step 10
    Step 10

    LAST NOTE!

    Seems like synthetic fibers work best, natural ones don't seem to like to scorch as well. I'm still just messing around with different scraps I got from a specialty formal fabrics store. So far organza and sheer type materials work really well, and mesh, lace, silky type fabrics...

    Taffeta (the circles in the pic) doesn't seem to work at all :(

    I'll update this with more info as I discover it :P Let me know what works for you, please :D

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Stitchery
Stitchery · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 6 projects
I made one of these about a year ago and attached it to a bobby pin for a hair accessory for a dance I went to. I used a satiny fabric that matched the dress and it worked pretty well.
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Felecity W.
Felecity W. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 86 projects
For some reason my version isn't showing up on your page. Here is the link
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/simple-scorched-fabric-flowers/versions/2
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Kathaleen  K.
Kathaleen K. · Detroit, Michigan, US
I want to try this. Thanks
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Pinocchio
Pinocchio · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 30 projects
I'm not very good at scorching the edges... Do you have any advice?
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Crystal R.
Crystal R. · Grand Junction, Colorado, US
Love it, I really like the dark one in the versions section I might make a purpl and black headband. I love the dark gothic feel of it, even if i'm not goth (my favorite color is orange, which is about as goth as a pink tulip)
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Zizi
Zizi · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 6 projects
I've scorched fabric before for various projects. Cottons seem to just burn; satins work the best, though. I'm eager to try the flowers.
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Laura W.
Laura W.
going to try this sometime.
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Kaitlyn T.
Kaitlyn T. · Terre Haute, Indiana, US · 6 projects
love it!gonna try it soon! thanks
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ErsatzEpiphany
ErsatzEpiphany · Seattle, Washington, US · 105 projects
Thank you Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
very pretty!!!
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