Our wedding budget is a very small one. Very small. We're trying to cut corners wherever possible, but with huge families on both Zeke's side and my side, corners aren't enough.
And so, I'm attempting DIY most of the wedding. (Read more about that in my first post...)
I say "attempting" because I am definitely no Martha Stewart. I'm like, the antithesis of Martha Stewart. Go look at her website. Seriously. Her workspace is always immaculate. My workspace looks like this:
|I don't have a desk in my room, so the bed works. Coffee and movies are also required.|
So let's get started- here's how I made fabric flowers! I used theses primarily for boutonnieres and corsages, but this is such a great, cheap, and easy flower to make that you could use them for anything- decorations, get rid of the wire and hot glue or sew them to headbands... so many options.
Scissors, some sort of fabric (I used white embroidery material I had laying around), a needle nose wire cutter, sewing needles (preferably one thin and one thicker grade), thread, floral tape, and floral wire.
Step 1: Make a template
Step 2: Trace template onto fabric and cut out
(I like to fold the fabric before tracing so I can cut out more than one at a time.)
Step 3: Stagger pieces
Using four of the pieces you cut out, make a stack, staggering the petals.
Step 4: Sew stack together
Step 5: Make Wire Stem
Using your needle nose pliers, loop the end of the wire to prevent it from pulling through.
Step 6: Form the flower
Fold your stack in half. Then, using the needle and thread, stitch 4-6 stitches along the folded edge. The stitches don't have to be pretty. They can look very non-Martha like mine above.
Unfold the stack. Refold your flower in half, the opposite direction of your stitches. Fold the flower in half again.
Step 7: Make it Pretty
Admire your finished product! Yay flower!
I used these fabric flowers to make Corsages and Boutonnieres- but you can use them for all sorts of things- put them on wreaths, use them in cute little arrangements, put them on headbands... the sky's the limit!