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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