Satin flowers

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.

Satin flower

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.

Satin flower with pearl beads

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!!



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4 Responses to Satin flowers

  1. Both types of your silky designs are awesome…I was determined to use up all of my Christmas supplies I had collected over the years…so I understand your stash of material…Then it will be so fun to purchase something new!…

    • I didn’t come close to using all of the Christmas fabric I had/have. I spent too much time making things for all the grandkids. I’m going to have to sneak in something every month to use as a gift so that I don’t spend so much time making gifts in December. What are you working on now?

  2. Aussie Emjay says:

    These are so very pretty.

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