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Chiffon Flower

Inspired by the rosette shoe clips on the cover of the Quilts and More Summer 2010 issue (officially on sale May 4), I decided to whip up a quick chiffon flower embellishment for a flower girl dress. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll add a pin back or attach the flower to a sash that she can wear around her waist, but here’s how it turned out.

I got about an 1/8 of a yard of chiffon from the fabric store and a string of craft beads. In total, the project cost less than $5, and I have plenty of leftovers if I decide to make more. But you could easily get the same look for less if you have fabric scraps and a broken necklace at home.

I modified my version quite a bit by starting with a 3-1/4×42″ strip of chiffon. I folded the strip in half lengthwise and used a running stitch along the open edge. This gives the “petals” a finished edge as you gather the strip into a circle. Because my strip was so long, I was able to overlap the gathered ruffled to create a layered look. If you prefer a less layered look, use a more narrow strip and let the edges fray.

Once I was satisfied with how the flower looked, I secured the ends in place with several stitches and knotted off the thread. To cover up the gathered edges in the middle, I stitched three pearls to the center of the flower. You could also secure them with crafts glue. Besides shoe clips, brooches or sashes, you could also embellish a purchased T-shirt, top a headband, add a bobby pin, or embellish a clutch … the possibilities are endless!

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3 Responses to “Chiffon Flower”

  1. WOW! VERY creative! as you said “endless possibilities”! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is really cute. Love the soft, airy feel of it.

  3. Thanks! Glad you like it.