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« on: October 01, 2008 06:56:12 AM »

Ok, so here is another of my wedding crafts. The original link with the other tutes is here.




My bouquet


bridesmaid's bouquet

Materials:
fabric of choice - i used multicoloured gauzy fabric that need ALOT of starch (but it worked) and purple satin dress lining
bamboo skewers - i painted some and all were cut in half
hot glue and gun
MATCHING thread for gathering
You really need another set of hands for this project!


I used the whole width of the fabric to make it a bit easier. The satin was great cause it tears in a straight line but the coloured was a pain. The single layer satin fabric is 12 cm wide and the multicoloured fabric is 24 cm wide.



Iron all the pieces and starch if you want. Firmly press any doubled pieces in half and give them a nice clean crease


I used a sewing machine to stitch the longest straight stitch I could, you can do this by hand but it will take a while. Gather the fabric to about half the original length. DO NOT gather evenly, leave some areas with no gathering and really bunch up others for a unique look. Leave each end ungathered for about 10 cm.


Pick an end and fold the corner down to create a point


Glue the point to the stake about 6 cm from the end


Have someone hold the stake and twirl it as you glue. Wrap the fabric around and around, gluing as you go. Keep it taut. If you want your flowers to have a slightly indented centre, spiral the fabric up slightly as you glue. You only want the end to be about a centimetre higher than the start of the fabric on the stake (does that make ANY sense??) Mine were glued evenly, each time the fabric wrapped around the stake it was directly on top of the last glue line so the ends were aligned.


When you get towards the end fold the fabric again to make a point and continue gluing. Not necessary but gives a neat tucked-in finish.

I just trimmed the fabric on the bottom but you could cover the bases if you like. I didn't have anything suitable on hand and saved my sanity by not pursuing the matter. You may like to trim the stakes further, I did for the bouquet but for a vase long stems are nicer.


And here are the matching boutonnieres for the men, made at half the width and about a quarter of the length of fabric.

These flowers are inspired by an Etsy artist, but the process is entirely my own (and took a while to get right too!). These were made just for me and not for resale. Please do not use my tutorial without my permission or for profit. You know, crafty karma and all that  Tongue

Comments and questions welcome please let me know if I missed anything or it doesn't make sense. I plan to make heaps in fabulous colours, don't forget to play around with the size of the fabric too. Giant shiny orange ones are in my head  Cheesy



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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008 07:04:12 AM »

These are great!
I especially like how tucking in the corner gives such a finished look.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008 07:05:17 AM »

This is amazing. Thanks so much for the tute. I hit *This rocks*  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008 07:24:01 AM »

Very Lovely! I bet it would look great with a white brocade fabric too.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 07:36:16 AM »

Oh, I love them!
And great tutorial, wow....       Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008 12:10:51 PM »

These are so sweet!

Anybody got any cute ideas for us non-brides so we can get some of the flowery goodness in our lives, too?

Congrats on your wedding!
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2008 05:26:21 PM »

Thanks all!

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Anybody got any cute ideas for us non-brides so we can get some of the flowery goodness in our lives, too?
Make lots and lots out of your favourite fabric (seasonal ones would be divine!) and keep the stems long to pop in a wide-mouthed vase. Or trim them really short and arrange a whole bunch in a basket.

Or spray some with perfume or air freshener, or stick one of those little incense cones in the centre of each one..

Ooh ooh so many ideas!

You could even make smaller ones with wire as the stems and arrange them in a Christmas wreath.

Dammit now you've got me adding to my to do list!  Cheesy

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Very Lovely! I bet it would look great with a white brocade fabric too.
Oh yes, nearly anything would do. It would be a great way of recycling your favourite clothes (or children's clothes or blankets) but keep the memories. You know when you really love that top but it's getting kinda drafty with the worn patches and the little bleach marks or when you really love your kind's little footie pj's but there toes are sticking through the feet? Lol.

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These are great!
I especially like how tucking in the corner gives such a finished look.
Yeah I really like that too. that last bit of fabric tends to flop around and ruin the look of the flowers when it's not tucked in. It helps to keep the flowers upright too if you use a thin fabric or have long flower heads.

I forgot to add that these were totally free using existing stash stuff. Beats paying $500 for flowers that will die huh?  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2008 05:12:46 AM »

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WOW! Thanks for all the really cool ideas! The air refresher idea combined with the vase one would be great, especially for DD's bedroom!

I also love the "memory" rose idea...maybe from girlchild's fancy occasion dresses? That way we could share the dress with another girl but keep the memory of it fresh.

And, um, Sorry about that to-do list, though! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2009 08:24:40 AM »

These are amazing. My friends are definitely all getting some for Valentine's Day... Well, one each, because otherwise I'd be making a jillion flowers. Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009 10:39:07 PM »

Thank you! Valentine's is a great way to use this idea Cheesy
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