For as much as I love my family, I must admit we sometimes have communication problems.  Not the type where we don’t talk to each other about issues, because we do; we are very close and love each other dearly.

The problem I and most (all) of my siblings have is that we sometimes do not explain ourselves clearly which often (always) leads to a misunderstanding.  Well this time, I’ve done it again and unfortunately, you are the recipient (if it helps, I consider you kinda like my second family).

See the picture above?  I showed you this picture here in my paper Ranunculus post.  I said I had prepared a tutorial of ‘this’ ranunculus – meaning the one pictured above – however many of you thought I meant the paper ranunculus (and with good reason).
And so please accept my apologies if I misled anyone with my poor communication skills.  As many of you have left such nice messages asking for the (paper) tutorial, I will prepare one, but hope that in the meantime, I may show you the tutorial I had prepared.  I hope you are not too disappointed and can forgive me.

Muslin or Satin
Candle or Lighter
Needle and Thread
Embellishments (optional)
Using Muslin or satin, cut several circles of 5 different sizes
 (you might need more than 5 depending how full you want the flower to look)

With the lighter (or candle), quickly run the flame along the edges of the circle. There are pros and cons to both methods – while the process is easier with the candle, it sometimes leaves a smokey soot behind.  The lighter leaves a cleaner look, but you risk developing a blister on your thumb (voice of experience).  Feel free to try both and decide which method works best for you.

The fire will burn the fabric making it curl upwards, as pictured above.

Continue this process until you have as many petals as you like.
Work from largest to smallest.
Notice how small the top circles are in comparison to the first one?
When you’re done, it should look something like this.
With a needle and thread sew all the petals together starting at the bottom. Sew until secure.

Decide what type of embellishment, if any, you would like to add to your flower.  Once decided, glue a piece of felt and a pin to the back (sorry I did not take a picture of this step).

This one was a white satin ranunculus which I had dipped in red food colouring to make it pink.  I lightly brushed some yellow food colouring on the top centre petals and sewed some pink pearls.


I decided not to embelish my flower.  I like the way it looks plain and as the fabric is so light, I simply used a regular safety pin to pin it onto this lace to wear as a necklace, or you can wear it as a pin.

Here is another type of flower I made using the same technique.  I like the way the embelishment makes such a simple craft look so fancy; it makes me want to play dress-up.

And here I am playing dress-up with my brand new hair pin.  My hair and make-up are always done and I never ever wear a pony tail or yoga pants and a big comfy hubby shirt (nope not ever…not me..)
Here is my less than a dollar pin…
awww….much better, back to jeans.
It’s actually really ambarrassing posting pictures of yourself on your blog.
 I don’t know how fashion bloggers do it on a daily basis.
Here is one last look at the two pins I made.  They are so easy to make and would make a perfect gift for mom, don’t you think?
Please accept my apologies once again; I will try to communicate better in the future.
Thanks so much for being here.
much love,
linking here, thank you for having me.

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  1. says

    Beautiful! Wow Lucy – this is gorgeous and I am not disappointed at all! :o) I enjoy your blog so much – you are super talented! PS – you look beautiful in your photos as well!

    – Jenn @ Social Salutations

  2. says

    Are you kidding me! This is GORGEOUS! WOW! I would love to try to make one. They are just…GORGEOUS! You are gorgeous! I found you on the Whipperberry blog! SO happy I did. I’m your newest follower! :)

  3. says

    You are so beautiful, Lucy! Thank you for sharing the flower tutorial. I think MAYBE I can make one. Or maybe you can make more and sell them. lol

  4. says

    Lucy, Lucy, Lucy! I can’t believe how BEAUTIFUL you are in addition to how TALENTED and CREATIVE you are…what was God thinking when he gave ALL THAT to you? Okay- this is one beautiful floral project and I LOVE it…but…

    Well, let’s just say this chick won’t be doing any fabric burning because I have been known to set a kitchen on fire with a candle making experiement! I don’t play nicely with matches…and I won’t tell you about the time I threw my red pants in the stove when I was about SweetCheeks age (4) because they were scratchy…oh…did I neglect to add that I almost set the house on fire that time? Yeah…so I won’t be doing this project most likely. Got anything that doesn’t involve burning and/or open flames?;>) No? Well, hugs anyway- xxoo Diana

    • says

      Hey, Diana!
      I read in a 1930s homey-craftsy-magazine about making silk chrysanthemums, and after cutting the petals from silk crepe or georgette they said to simply twist the rims between two fingers to make them roll in slightly and thus form the petal. I wonder if this (fireless ;) ) way would work here?

      Cheers! Julia

  5. says

    Look how pretty you are Lucy! I love those little flowers, I’ve been wanting to try and make them for so long now. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :)


  6. says

    Lucy, This is amazing!!! I love it:)
    I’m going to have to try this one out!! I love how you added some bling into the centre of each flower.
    Thanks for the tutorial :)

  7. says

    You are an inspirational women with so much talent. I LOVE and feel your passion for what you do that it brings me to tears…not many people in this world today feel this way about life. Keep up the great work!! Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. Cheryl says

    I am following instructions on the melting technique on the flowers but failing miserably. I am doing something wrong. I am usine white & cream organza, satin, & other synthetic fabrics. Holding them @ varying ldistance away from flame, if I get any curling at all, I am getting a black smoked edge, looks dirty. Will you advise. I really want to make the flowers!

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