Flower Tutorial- petals

As I was creating the flower tutorial I realized there were so many options it's really three tutorials.  One to show you the basic technique of how to create those beautiful curled edge petals (when I wanted to learn how to do it myself  I had to wait for an etsy class! Can you believe I couldn't find it through my BFF Google?  Not you, you can see how right here.

So without further ado- Part 1 Petals

What you will need:
Synthetic material.  I emphasize SYNTHETIC, natural fibers (like silk) will NOT work.  I made that mistake when trying to figure it out for myself, so don't waste your money.
A candle
A glass of water

For my material I like to go to the thrift shop and find 100% polyester shirts.  Don't be fooled though, at $3.99 a shirt I'm sure buying by the yard would be a cheaper option, I just happen to live closer to the thrift store than the fabric store.  I know, I'm sad about that too.

Step 1. Cut your material up in to round pieces.  Notice I say round and not circles.  It doesn't matter how exact or round they are, being a bit obscure makes them all the more interesting and natural looking.

Step 2. Light the candle, with glass of water near by just in case.  Hold each of your round pieces NEAR the flame, not IN the flame.  As you get close the fabric edge will melt and curl.  Turn your fabric until all the edges are sealed and curled.

Step 3. This is what happens when you get your material IN the flame.  Synthetic material is extremely flammable.  If it starts on fire don't panic, drop the material into your glass of water, that's what it's there for.

Step 4. Admire your new creative skill.

So what are you going to do with all these petals?  Well that's why this is part 1!  Coming soon.....

Part 2- Poppies

Part 3- Roses

This is the same rose technique used to make this rose too!


  1. this is a great tutorial. not many people share the "secrets"...can't wait to see the finished project! k

  2. Ah I wondered how you got the pretty edges to the petals! Thanks for sharing :-)

  3. I love your tutorial. Very nice!

  4. I wanted to add that I love the fact that you're upcycling / recycling those old shirts instead of buying new fabric. Be proud of it! I am totally inspired to try to make some of these petals for a jewelry project hat I have so thank you!

  5. AjBCreations,
    Yes it is always better to reuse! Thank you. I would LOVE to see the jewelry project when you finish it! I can put it in the photo gallery. Thanks for the comments!

  6. Hello there! Just anted to let you know that I have linked you in my blog!!!

  7. I just made a hairband using this tutorial. Soooo in love with it! great idea!


  8. This is AWESOME!!!! I can not wait to try it--with 3 girls there's plenty of places for flowers to go! I just found your blog, and am having a blast exploring! I think you may definitely get added to my list of favorites! Keep up the good work and come check me out some time :-)

  9. Very nice tutorial! Seeing how things come together makes you try doing things you'd never thought trying! Very useful pictures and comments!

  10. Great Tutorial, thank you for sharing with us!

  11. Just thought I'd share I loved your idea and made one myself......then I created the cutest flowers made from the scraps, you can see them here http://oklahomataylors.blogspot.com/2010/08/scrappy-flower-my-first-tutorial.html

  12. I absolutely love it! No need for a specific pattern or going out just to buy certain products. I used an old t-shirt and am so pleased with how they look. Thank you so much!

  13. These are gorgeous! Thank you so much for this - I can't wait to try it! And I love the fact that you aren't buying new. I've been making wired fabric flowers and I always browse the charity shops for clothes that I can cut up - baby clothes especially tend to be made of fab colours and patterns.

  14. These are pretty great! I just got me some poly shirts at goodwill so we'll see if it works. I'm actually trying to make flower inspired clothes for dolls (for Rose Petal Place dolls, not sure if you know what those are or not) trying to make my own characters!

  15. Πολύ όμορφο το blog σου και πολύ ωραία αυτή η ιδέα! Ευχαριστώ για τις οδηγίες που είναι πολύ κατατοπιστικές! Καλή συνέχεια! Φιλιά απ' την Ελλάδα!!

  16. tijerasycucharaApril 26, 2013

    these flowers are beautiful. thank for your tutorial
    have a good day