When I married my husband, it may come as no surprise that we wanted a DIY wedding. I made my own wedding dress, my cousin created the most magnificent cake, and my parents got to work making hundreds of fabric flowers. These DIY fabric flowers decorated our cake, bridesmaid dresses, boutonnieres, and my entire wedding bouquet. Today I’m so excited to show you how we made them!
Before we dive in…. yes, you will need a mini blowtorch. I’ve linked to the one we used below on Amazon and it’s less than $12.00 and will help you make all the DIY fabric flowers you could ever want much faster than with a candle, stove-top, etc.
DIY Fabric Flowers Supplies:
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- Mini Jet Flame Torch
- Polyester Fabric In Any Color
- Dressmaker Shears
- The printable pattern template (see the download information below!)
How To Make Fabric Flowers With A Blowtorch
For today’s tutorial, I created an easy to follow, printable pattern template! It comes with two different sizes that give your fabric flowers dimension and stack nicely. Fill out the simple form below to get instant access to this template!
Once your template is cut out, it’s time to cut your pattern. For thick fabric flowers, cut 5 larger circles and 4 smaller ones so you will have 9 fabric circles in all.
Use your scissors to cut slices inward towards the center of your circle about 1 inch to 1/2″ apart all the way around your circlular shapes. These will become the petals of your flowers. If you want larger petals, cut these slices 1″ apart/ for more thin petals, cut the slices closer together.
From here, break out your new mini blowtorch and turn it on. I love how simple this thing was to use and I even let my kids work with it (with some very close supervision of course!)
Carefully trace the outline of your fabric circles to delicately burn the edges of your fabric. Because the fabric is made of synthetic fibers, the edges will melt together and start to naturally pull upwards, creating a petal-like effect. Don’t stress about each individual petal layer. The more “messy” they appear, the more shabby chic and beautiful they will be when you are done!
Singe all nine layers of your fabric. Again, don’t stress about them being perfect.
Next, take your larger 5 pieces and stack them on top of each other.
Use a basic needle and thread to sew them together through the center.
Next, take a smaller fabric circle and fold it in half. Place the folded fabric over half of your flower and sew it into place. Continue sewing the other 3 layers after folding them in half and tie your thread off at the bottom. The smaller size and added folds create even more texture and dimension to your finished fabric flowers.
Once all nine layers are secured, you are done and ready to use your new flowers however you like. This winter, I’ve used them to decorate my Christmas tree and it looks fantastic. It seems each season I find a new use for them and couldn’t be happier to have a nice little stock-pile. haha!
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