Thursday, August 20, 2009

Made by hand: organza roses

Early on in wedding planning I posted about making organza roses, but didn't include much of a "how to" or include the end result, so I thought I'd do that here.

I got the idea from browsing on Etsy, looking at the lovely fabric flowers made by Viemoderne and Tijusai:

So I searched around on the internet for instructions so I could make my own. Turns out its really pretty simple.

First you get your hands on some synthetic organza fabric and cut out circles of varying sizes:

Next, you run the edges of the circles over a flame for just a second (too long and the fabric will discolor). I used tweezers to hold the thin, slippery fabric.

Heating the edge of the fabric will melt and curl the edges slightly. I wanted relatively flat petals, so I gave the fabric less time over the flame. For a more curled petal, leave it a touch longer.

Layer the petals on top of one another. I alternated a matte organza with a shiny one to mirror the matte/shiny stripes in my dress.

Hold them together by sewing through the center, anchoring the stitch on the top of the flower with a bead of some kind. I picked a tiny glass bead because I wanted a pared down look, but you can use any combination of colorful beads in varying sizes.

Before the wedding I pinned a few to my waistband.

I also sewed a few to bobby pins for my hair.


Kathleen Rietz said...

I love these! Pretty, subtle and not at all "fussy". Thanks for the tutorial.

erin kono said...

They're beautiful, and you're right, so easy! Thanks for the tutorial, I'm going to try it.

Anna Alter said...

I'd love to see a picture when you do.

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing how to make them, too. They look so simple and fun that even someone who fails miserably at sewing and fabric crafts like I do could assemble these!

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Noomie Doodles Fashion said...

wow!! thanks so much for sharing these.. ive been looking for stuff on how to make petals without letting them fray. thanks to this, my problems solved! :D

Unknown said...

This is really nice art work.These handmade roses are looks better than real.Pooh Baby Shower