How to Make Satin Flowers

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Design your own satin flowers to use as an accessory to a dress, hat, craft or even an entire bouquet. Add a formal look to hair adornments for the bridal party, dance recital or a little girl's Sunday best. Satin flowers may be used to embellished throw pillows, drapery tie backs or any elegant accessory for your home decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Satin fabric
  • Fray-check
  • Wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Tape measure
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Silk leaves
  • Floral tape
  • Draw a pattern of the petal of the flower you will be making on paper, marking the bottom edge straight across. You will need three sizes for small, medium and large petals. Cut around each pattern piece to make five petals of each size . Fold each pattern piece in half to form a crease. With a pencil, mark a diagonal line across the center of the crease to indicate the bias of the satin fabric.

  • Place the pattern pieces on the bias of the satin fabric, and pin at the edges. Cut around the pattern in all three sizes. You will need five petals from each size pattern piece. Seal the edges with fray-check to prevent raveling.

  • Cut wire 6 to 8 inches long, place top edge of satin petal, and roll over the wire tightly. Repeat this on left and right sides of petals to form a natural curve. The bottom of the petal remains flat.

  • Assemble the flower by wrapping the smaller petals to create a center bud. Secure bottom edges with thread. Continue applying the medium size petals loosely around the bud. Repeat the next layer of larger petals to form the outside of the flower. Secure with thread and attach to floral wire.

  • Add two silk leaves and wrap with floral tape to secure the flower and leaves to the wire. Carefully cover the entire wire. Fluff the finished flower by carefully spreading the petals for a natural look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create different flowers by duplicating the leaves of real or silk flowers to the pattern pieces.
  • Select from a variety of fabrics to create a different look.
  • Use the same technique to make an assortment of sizes.

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