My latest Etsy listings have been for satin flowers. I have looked at pictures of satin flowers and wondered how they were made, but this is the first time I have tried to make one. The first two that I made are from bias cut strips that I shaped by pulling on the edges. I used a vintage button for the center.
I also tried burning the edges. It worked, but I didn’t care for the results. Just pulling against the grain created a slightly fluffy appearance that I do like.
I tried several different versions of leaves. I wanted a folded leaf, but a couldn’t come up with one I liked. I did figure out a semi-folded version after I had these finished. I may use it next time.
Then I found directions that I had saved sometime, so I tried making a flower their way. In those directions, you started with a 36 inch long strip of fabric. I do like their method of curving the ends, then using that side for the gathering stitches. In the first two, I pulled up the gathering stitches, stitched the flower into shape, then attached it to a base. For this one, I attached it to the base as I went. I found some pearl beads so I used them for the center.
I may try to combine the best of both designs. Cutting the strips on the bias and stitching to the base as I go. If they don’t sell, I’m going to make some more of the jeans pocket purses and use them for decorations.
Tonight I worked on a table runner and a baby quilt. I’m making both from fabrics in my stash. Using fabrics in my stash has been one of my New Year’s resolutions for several years now. I’ve made a big dent in my vintage denim stash. Now if I can just do the same for the rest of my stash!
I had been given a box and three bags of fabric last year, so I’m going to try to work on those, too. The off-white satin was in one of those bags. I found a piece of blue and white striped suiting fabric that I think will work really well as a tote bag or a duffel bag. Stand tuned for more news from that front.
Wishing one and all a very Happy New Year! I’m going to celebrate by going to bed early!!