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Friday, April 17, 2009

Burning Fabric Flowers Tutorial

Ok, so finally I have a quick tutorial on how to make these flowers....seems like loads of you are keen to have a go. First I think I need to give you a supplies list....

1. Synthetic Fabrics
2. Tea Lights
3. Matches/Lighter
4. Tweezers
5. Beading Needle
6. Beading Thread
7. Selection of Seed Beads
8. Old Side Plate

Ok, so now you have gathered all the things you need the first thing you must do is choose your fabrics. I generally choose three different ones...either all the same colour, or ones that compliment each other, and also all different textures.

Once selected cut out five/six (or however many layers you want) circle decending in size. These can be roughly cut, there is no need for precision. Here is a picture of mine....

Next take the plate place the tea lights on it....to protect your work surface and light the tea lights. Take the largest circle and hold the edge close to the flame. As the fabric starts to burn and melt turn it so that the whole thing has been exposed to the flame. Now hold the under side of the circle over the flame....about 1-2 inches away from the flame, and melt the under side...this will cause the fabric to pucker up....here are mine all done using the same technique for all of them...
Now that all the circles have been burnt using the needle and thread sew all the layers together to create your flower. Then add your beads to the centre, I out 3 or 4 on each pass through the fabric to create dimension to the centre. Do this until you are happy with your flower, and then finish off by knotting behind.

Here is the picture of my finished flower...

It really is as simple as that. With the cost of large flower, you would be mad not to have a try....and it is such fun, and becomes addictive.......after I made this one for the tutorial.....I just HAD to make another...LOL

I hope this all makes sense, but if you have any questions....you can contact me using the email link to the right.

29 comments:

Vicky said...

Wow these flowers just look so stunning and erlatively simple to achieve! Not sure I will be having a go at them tho. My OH is a fireman and wont have candles or tea lights in the house as he says 'it's a fire hazard'! I can imagine his face if he came upstairs and saw me trying to burn the house down! :-) Maybe I'll have to sneak round to my mum's and try making them with her! Lol!
Hugs, Vicky x

kaylou said...

Hi there thanks very much for the tutorial it's great i'm off now to go and cut my knickers up. lol.
Hugs Kaylou xoxo

Andrea said...

Wow - what a gorgeous flower and fabby tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this. Just need to pluck up courage to have a go myself! :)

Cazzy said...

Interesting technique, probably safer in the garden!

Cazzy x

craftydesignz said...

Hiya

I have been makign these for ages, they are great as brooches and hair clips so great for pressies for birthdays and christmas

I have been using organza fabric, What sort of fabric have you used

HUgs

Ammie

mar1ene said...

Fabby tutorial hun :D TFS!!
Will definately give them a go, luuuurve them!!
See you later today!
Hugs, Marlene x

The Crafty Snouter said...

Thanks for posting these instructions, I will definitely be having a go, looks like great fun!
X

the whimsical butterfly said...

Oooh wow this is a WAY cool technique! Your finished product came out gorgeous...thanks for sharing!

Zarah said...

Soooo pretty and they seem like SO much fun! I know I am gonna go straight to the fabric shop asap! THANKS for the tutorial, you rock! :D

Alexandra said...

good morning,
thank you for the good idee!

hugs
alexandra

chanelle said...

Thanks Tina for the tutorial! your fininshed flowers are beautiful!! As soon as I am dressed will be of to the fabric shop!! lol xx

megastamper said...

wow that´s a fantastic idea, thank you. looks so precious.
have a nice weekend.
hugs, bea

Steph said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. The flowers look so great x

joey said...

Hiya Caz, was lovely to meet you today :O) and see these gorgeous flowers in the flesh, I shall try this if I am feeling brave enough, might have to have the firefighters on guard tho lol. Joey.xxx

chanelle said...

Sorry Caz about my earlier Boob with your name I don't know where I got Tina from all I can say in my defence is I hadn't been up long!!! Have a great weekend xx

MichelleO said...

Oh my... I have been away from the computer most of the week.. I was so excited to see this on my blog list! SO pretty! Thanks for sharing - now to track down some fabric!
HUGS
MichelleO

Ann said...

These are lovely Caz. Thanks so much for sharing. I've been using this candle technique to seal the ends of ribbon etc to stop it fraying for many years but never thought to be more creative with it!

Crafty Dawn said...

Well well well,

I wouldn't of thought of that and SO simple too! Thanx for sharing Caz, pop over soon (you said you would like my candy lol) and thanx for the help with keeping it at the top (I did it) lol thanks to you.

Love Dawn xx

Kit said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, its fabulous. I am going to have to put these instructions in my ideas book and have a little go when I find some time :o)

I would love to see some cards where you have used these flowers

Thanks again

Kit x

Sarah-Jane said...

Fantastic tutorial, thanks. I will have to do it during the week tho as Hubby is a fireman and would have a right fit if he saw ! lol! Just been to stephs blog and it looks like you had a brill time yesterday!
Hugs Sarah-Jane xx

Sheena said...

Thanks Caz!
This looks fairly easy to do so I'll deffinitely have a go some time. I'll probably make a mess though!
Great tutorial!
x

jan said...

Thanks for this Caz, I can't wait to give it a go..

Hugs Jan x

Sheene said...

thanks for the tutorial! really impressive work!

Jacilynn said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the toot!

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness, those flowers are stunning! I would have never figured out how to make them...great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. hugs,t

Stampingcaz said...

great tutorial, I will have a go in the garden without the kids watching!

Cazx

louise said...

theses look fun to make will have to go and buy suplies

mrsspook said...

I just love these flowers, I had a go last night using some organza...I will have to have a dig through my fabric stash and try some more fabrics and colour combos.
You can find of picture of them here (I snipped into the circles for a different effect)
http://mrsspookscrafts.blogspot.com/2009/05/fabric-flowers.html
June x

Lanie Ree said...

Hi! I linked to this tutorial in a blog post I wrote, because your instructions are so clear (and your pictures are wonderful. And I love the colors you used).

http://priesterspeace.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-swap-with-life-in-pitts.html