Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Do It Yourself: Chiffon & Tulle Flowers

Inspired by yesterday's beautiful Romona Keveza organza gown with its full ballgown skirt covered with hand formed organza flowers, I thought today would be perfect to follow up with a DIY tutorial on how to create your very own fabric flowers! I adore the chiffon & tulle fabrics used in this how-to from Project Wedding and would love to try it mixing in some other fabrics as well... a light burlap perhaps? Total Rustic Chic fabric floral perfection.

What you'll need:
 Fabric  (chiffon & tulle used here) yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. Paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle & thread, and glass seed beads.

Step 1:
Create a stencil by drawing a single petal shape on the paper and cut out. (if you are not a good artist google online for petal patterns) Then retrace  five times on a new piece of paper to create a full flower shape.  Cut out the pattern.

Step 2:
Take your fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than the flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. (example shown here uses 26 layers.)

Step 3:
Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center. Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape.

Step 4: If desired, sew decorative seed beads in the inside center of the flower and sew the flower to a hair clip, comb, or piece of ribbon.

Soft, romantic, pretty, and oh-so-charming, these flowers could be used as a part of your decor (can you picture them stitched onto a burlap table runner on a dessert table covered with vintage silver platters of decedant treats?  I can!) or easily be made into an accessory for you or your bridesmaids... think ribbon necklace/bracelet, shoe clips, hair clips, or pinned to a cute clutch. Endless possibilities!

images & DIY via project wedding


  1. These are just adorable! And not that difficult to DIY either, as your great tutorial shows. Thanks!

  2. Ooh those are so pretty! And they look fairly easy...

  3. What an ingenious DIY! I just love this, and it would be such a pretty addition!

  4. I will HAVE to do this...I've never made flowers before. Pretty!

  5. These are so cute... I wish I could find the time to sit and make some!!

  6. What is up with all you fabulous wedding focused blogs - you are all so talented & inspirational!

    Lovely being here, Erin.

    Warm hugs,


  7. I actually skimmed this a week or so ago on Project Wedding but they intimidated me too much to try! For some reason the breakdown on your blog makes it seem easier so...I think I have a weekend project! Can't wait to see how they turn out.

  8. Now that looks easy enough for me to do! Love the pink and the soft fabric.

  9. I'm back...just to let you know we just had to share this great tutorial on our Bellenza FB page!

  10. I love this project cause I can actually do this!

  11. It's actually not so easy. 3 attempts later and still doesn't look like the picture. Read the comments at Project Wedding!

  12. This is one of the better tutorials! Thanks :)