- 100% polyester fabric
- tea light or other flame source
- small pre-made flower (bridal section of Hobby Lobby)
- glue gun
The size of the peony will dictate how large to cut your squares. I used approximately 3" squares for this one and then rounded the edges (I did find another tutorial that started with more "petal" shape edges to begin with....I'm going to try that one next). Don't sweat the circles being perfect....remember, you are going to melt the edges, so imperfection is A-okay.
Again, the number of circles is totally subjective as well. I used a combination of three different fabrics; an ivory satin, a diamond white crinkle satin and an ivory organza. I chose the two different fabric colors since the bride's dress is a diamond white lace overlay with an ivory silk cumberbund/sash. This beautiful bride has a lot of hair and plans to wear it part up/part down...so it can definitely support a larger flower.
After I had made the petals, I used a pre-made fabric flower that I found at Hobby Lobby for the center. To me, it added just the right focal point to finish off the look. I sewed through all of the layers, (with the exception of the center flower) with the sewing machine.
I chose to embellish it with several different goodies; Russian netting, ostrich feathers, a couple of pieces of the lace from her gown (I hemmed the gown and had to cut off a significant amount), pearls and rhinestones.
I covered a plastic comb with tulle and then added a few pearls to the outer edges, then I glued everything to the comb with the glue gun.
I started incorporating some beading, crystals and pearls.....ooooh, I have all sorts of design concepts rolling around in my brain for more!!