Fabric flowers are all the rage with the glue gun set, and understandably so! I've been wanting to make these quite simple layered organza roses for quite some time, and I have to be honest, I started this project for Chanukah! But since I'm feeling the pinch to come up with some Passover appropriate crafts, I realized that this one is perfect, and I'm so happy that I didn't make these back in December, as they really are perfect for spring. While I haven't figured out how to incorporate fabric flowers into my wardrobe, I do think my table will look just lovely wearing these oversized blooms—as napkin rings that is!
- polyester organza fabric, shiny on one side matte on the other, and medium weight (10 shekels a yard in Israel)
- a candle
- a glue gun
- some pretty beads, sequins or pearls
- some nice ribbon, i used wired silver mesh ribbon which looks lovely peaking out from behind the napkin
These flowers are made by cutting concentric circles, about eight or nine in a stack works nicely, and then melting the edges carefully with an open flame, such that the edges curl to make a cup shape. The concentric circles are then stacked and extra pieces can be added for fullness. (Not every piece had to be centered within the stack, some might look better with a layer or two off to the side a bit.) When you are happy with the arrangement, use a glue gun to adhere one layer to the next, adding a pearl or bead at the top to hide the glue spot! Turn flower over and attach a length of ribbon to be used for tying the flower around the napkin. Voila!
You can whip up a bunch of these quite quickly, especially if you cut multiple circles at one time. If you're unsure of how to cut concentric circles, you can make a pattern for yourself on the computer, print it out and then pin the paper circle to the fabric and cut around the circle. A circle template with multiple sized circles would also work well for this. One tutorial that I saw suggested using flower shapes rather than circles (you can see one such shape in the flower on the left hand side) but I found that to be much more difficult than working with circles. Okay, gotta run we've got a family simcha in Jerusalem today, and Pesach is coming! All the sooner to use these flowers on my seder table!