Making your own organza flowers is fun, easy to learn and creates beautiful flowers that last forever. A perfect project if you want to decorate a gift for a friend, create a unique corsage for prom or a pretty everlasting bouquet of flowers.
In this article you will discover the equipment needed to create your own beautiful organza flowers and an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial on how to make and assemble your organza flowers.
To make your organza flowers you will need:
• A tealight
• Embellishments: beads, buttons or sequins
• A Needle and thread
• Long tweezers
Before assembling your organza flowers you first need to prepare your petals. To do this you need to cut out lots of circles from your organza. Make sure you cut out different sizes of circles, as you will layering up your petals to create your flowers. Remember your petals will shrink a bit when sealing the edges so don't cut your shapes too small.
Also, don't worry too much if your circles aren't perfect, variation in shape and size will help make your flowers look realistic.
To help speed up the cutting process, cut multiple circles at once by cutting through multiple layers of fabric. You need around 10 circles for each flower.
2. Seal the edges
Organza fabric is known to fray so it's important to seal the edges so your flowers last longer.
To do this we are going to use a tealight. Organza fabric is also very flammable so extreme caution and concentration must be used during this process.
Make sure you:
- Have plenty of space to work in.
- Don't get your fabric too close to the flame of the tea light.
- Tie back long hair and remove dangly clothing or jewelry.
- Consider opening a window as synthetic fabrics can produce toxic fumes.
Once your tealight is burning take one circle at a time and hold the edge 2-3 inches above the flame. Using long tweezers may help control the fabric near the flame without fear of burning your fingers.
It will only take a few seconds for the fabric edge to melt and curl, so it is important to keep moving the fabric around to seal all the edges. Remember to keep your fabric away from the flame, if it gets too close your whole circle will catch fire.
Once all the edges of your organza circles have been sealed you now have your flower petals.
- Pile up around 10 petals, sizing from from big to small. The smallest petal should be on top of the pile.
- Next thread your sewing needle with a similar color thread to your petals.
- Hold all your petals together and take your needle through the middle of all the layers.
- Work a few small stitches in the center to hold your petals in place.
- Now add any embellishments you want to your flower (If you prefer you can also add embellishments using a glue gun). Secure each one with a couple of stitches.
- To finish take your needle to the back of your flower and make a small knot by creating a small stitch and passing your needle through the loop of thread before pulling it all the way through.
Creating your own organza flowers is a fun, easy project. Once you’ve made one organza flower you won’t be able to stop yourself making more and more! Such a simple way to upcycle an old bag or add a new lease of life to an old jacket, organza flowers can help make any item or project beautiful again.