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on: August 25, 2009 08:32:24 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by barbolot
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We recently spent an afternoon crafting some lovely hair bobbies. These are so simple to make! The flowers can be used in many different ways, as well -- hair clips, brooches, pins, embellishments. . . .

We used reclaimed dress linings to make these -- I had plenty left over from my deconstruction for sachets, and I never knew what to do with this type of fabric before. It's a synthetic fabric, a silky polyester.

(CAUTION: please use extreme caution when using this tutorial, as a flame is used in this process. Do NOT allow children or pets near the flame, and do not allow children to play with the flame, burn themselves or anyone/anything else. I am not responsible for any accidents or injuries resulting from this tutorial.)

To make these little hair bobbies (or clips, brooches, pins, etc.), you will need:

**synthetic fabric, such as polyester
**candle and matches/lighter
**glass jar, filled with water
**clothes pin
**a piece of foil
**beads, buttons or other embellishments
**hair bobby, clip, pin blank, etc.
**strong adhesive, such as E6000

1. Cut out circles (or whatever shape you like) from the polyester that are slightly larger than your desired finished flower size. We used concentric circles for ours for a fuller, layered look. Be sure to cut a few extra, to allow for experimenting and mess-ups.

2. Light your candle, and place on a sturdy surface, away from flammables, pets and children. Place your jar of water within reach.

3. Using a clothes pin, hold one fabric circle over -- not in -- the flame of the candle.

Quickly rotate the fabric circle above the flame. The fabric will curl and may change colors.

You'll want to experiment with a few extra circles, as different fabrics will act uniquely when held near the flame. Some will curl in one direction, some turn colors, some crinkle. Holding them closer to the flame or longer will also achieve different results. Once you've achieved the look you want, set the circle aside on the foil to cool.

4. Repeat on all the fabric circles. Extinguish your candle when you are finished.

5. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: If you hold the fabric circle still for too long, or too close to the flame, it will scorch and/or catch on fire. If this happens, quickly and carefully place the burning fabric in the jar of water to extinguish the flame. Be very vigilant -- as some fabrics tend to ignite quicker than others!

6. Next, arrange and stack your fabric circles (petals) into flowers.

7. Using your needle and thread, sew a few stitches through all the layers of petals -- just a little "X" will do -- fastening all the petals together. Tie off thread in the back of the flower.

8. Now, attach your flower center. If you are using beads or buttons, stitch them in place, tying off the thread in the back of the flower. If you are using other embellishments, a strong adhesive (such as E6000) may be used to attach them to the flower.

9. Finally, attach your flower to a hair bobby, clip or pin back using your strong adhesive.

10. Set aside on the foil, and allow it to dry thoroughly, according to your adhesive's recommendation.

And that's it! So simple, and so pretty. The possibilities are endless -- imagine these flowers layered with ribbon, mesh, tulle, organza. . . or topped with an antique brooch or cameo! These would make sweet little gifts for teachers, co-workers and friends, or even lovely stocking stuffers. Have fun!

(And for anyone interested, I do have a little video posted on my blog of me burning a few petals.  Nothing fancy, but it does show how quickly they burn.)
on: August 30, 2009 08:30:50 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by MoonLightbliss33
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these are my original three.

close up of the first one, this one has three mini gold beads, and one of the circles i used a black circle.

close up of the second one, this one uses all white fabric, and three pearls in the center.

close up of the third one, this one is all white fabric as well, but with a swar...swarvoski(?) crystal bead in the center.

these two i made today. Tongue
they are addicting!

this one i made for one of my friends, it uses pink fabric and white on the bottom, and the little pearls.

this one i made to wear today, and its all black fabric with the same pearls.

all of them have a couple layers of hairspray, so they all keep their shape so nicely!
thank you for the tutorial!!! and sorry for all the pictures Sad
on: December 12, 2009 03:31:24 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by katherine8504
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So I saw your flowers and tutorial and had to try them myself.  I'm afraid mine aren't as pretty, but they were fun to make and I'll definitely wear them!  I'm giving them away to my girlfriends for Christmas.  I wish I had gone with beads instead of buttons, but I think they turned out OK.  

Thank you for the tutorial!
on: February 01, 2010 02:07:25 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by sugaree
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barbolot, thank you so much for this tute!  these flowers are so easy and fun to make.  my best friend and i made some a couple weeks ago, then i made a few more today for thing-a-day.

i know i will probably be admonished for this, but i just held the petals with my bare hands over the flame.  Smiley  it was no biggie, and the only burn i got was from the damn glue gun when i attached the flowers to hair clips.

here are my beauties (the biggest one is really big; like the size of my hand - fun!)

i hope you like them!
on: August 31, 2009 11:42:17 AM 
Started by barbolot, Message by hollylynne
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Made some over the weekend! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, Barbalot!

Here are my pics:

on: April 29, 2010 08:46:08 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by dragonfire411
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I've been meaning to try these for a while now and I finally got around to making a few.  Here are just a few of the dozen that I've made.  I'm seriously addicted already Cheesy

on: September 02, 2009 06:41:38 AM 
Started by barbolot, Message by K3lly
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Last night I took a shot at these cute little hair clips.
I went to the Goodwill, and bought about 6 polyester shirts, and a couple little girls skirts.
There was pattern on most of them, and I havent tried to do this with all of them yet, but I am looking forward to it! I found it hard to use scissors to cut my round shapes, so I ended up using my rotary cutter, worked really well for me.  I hope with more practice I get better at these, Ifind them really charming!!
I had some trouble uploading a couple of them, so 2 of them are missing, I'll try again later!!
I hope you like them!

And these are for my nieces, they are only 4, and 6, but they love little hair pins, and flowers, so it works out!!

I think this one is my favorite!!
on: December 09, 2009 08:04:22 AM 
Started by barbolot, Message by stafishtaylz
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I finally got around to getting some fabric to make these. I made 2 sets for each of my sisters for Christmas, and placed them on some cardstock. I notched the cardstock so the flowers would be almost flush with the cardstock and not hanging over the sides. I'm still trying to find a way to wrap them so that the flowers dont get crushed....any suggestions???

on: December 14, 2009 08:55:38 AM 
Started by barbolot, Message by McJulie-O
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So I saw your flowers and tutorial and had to try them myself.  I'm afraid mine aren't as pretty, but they were fun to make and I'll definitely wear them!  I'm giving them away to my girlfriends for Christmas.  I wish I had gone with beads instead of buttons, but I think they turned out OK.  I can only provide links because I don't have enough posts under my belt to be allowed to post images:


Thank you for the tutorial!

Oh, those are GORGEOUS! Perfect for gifts! ...and I love the one with the gradations of color!! This is JUST the inspiration I need for a hard-to-buy-for sister!

Thank you, thank you!
on: February 01, 2010 06:52:00 AM 
Started by barbolot, Message by jojobean76
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I said I'd give it a try over the weekend, and I did!

I used some leftover lining I had from some bags I had made, and got enough lining to make two pieces.

These will be attached to hair clips and given to my 15yo cousin as a gift when I travel to Australia next month.

Am planning on making more, to hand out to the women where I work on International Women's Day, coming soon!!

Thanks for the tutorial!! Cheesy

on: February 01, 2010 06:46:31 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by imafundork
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Thank you so much for the tutorial!  I made a ton of them on Friday to offer up in the sweat shoppe swap.  Here's a couple of pictures.

on: May 04, 2010 07:35:47 AM 
Started by barbolot, Message by sugaree
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i have enjoyed this tute more than you'll ever know, barbolot.  it makes me happy all the way to my toes!

here's another batch i made to send to my sister.

on: May 11, 2010 04:44:36 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by barbolot
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I tried a new application for these flowers -- on a baby onesie!  Smiley  I embroidered the stem and leaf first, then made the flower.

I assembled the flower a bit differently, since I did NOT want it to come off (and be eaten!)  I glued each layer of petals to the next layer with Aleen's Fabric Fusion (permanent fabric adhesive.)  Once dry, I glued it to the onesie, and then let that dry.  Lastly, I attached each bead in the center of the flower using doubled thread, stitched a few times each.  This flower is going nowhere!  Wink  It should hold up pretty well to wear and washing.   I sent this onesie to my Baby Onesie Swap partner, and if I hear back on how it's holding up, I'll let you know. 
on: December 19, 2009 03:32:54 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by Princess_Bubblie
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I tried this with some yellow polyester fabric I had. I cut 7 concentric circles, and it curled pretty evenly. I used tongs instead of a clothespeg.

And being a headband girl, I glued mine onto a headband (you probably can't see it very well in this picture)... Cheesy I'm still debating whether or not to attach some beads, or a button to the centre.

on: January 06, 2010 08:35:21 PM 
Started by barbolot, Message by Shelanie
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After this tutorial, I had to make these. I love how they turned out! Thanks for the tutorial.
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