DIY: Seating Chart Part 2 of 3

Today, we will continue the DIY seating chart with two types of fabric flowers.  These two flowers look great by themselves, arranged in a mixture or even stacked.  Below is a picture of the flower stacked.


Let’s start with the top flower. I’ve been making these fabric flowers for awhile now but, A Wedding Diary, is where I originally learned how to make them.

Supplies Needed:
Scissors, Needle & Thread, Felt, Candle, and Polyester Fabrics.
IMPORTANT: You must use a polyester fabric so that it will melt and not burn (Satin, Charmeuse, Chiffon, etc).


Instructions:

1. Cut out several squares of fabric in descending sizes to make the various layers. Your largest circle should be about 4 to 5 inches in diameter and the rest should be about 1/2″ smaller. This will vary based on how full you want the flowers to look. More layers, more full.

2. Round the squares off into circles. Don’t worry about getting them perfect as they will melt down unevenly anyway.

3. Slowly rotate the circle about 1 inch from an open flame. Go slowly as the edges start to melt. Get closer to the flame for a more dramatic edge effect.

4. For a modern flower that is more flat, only burn the edges slightly. For a more ruffly and girly look, hold the flower at both edges and slowly bring the middle of the fabric to the flame.

5. Layer the circles together largest to smallest and put a few hand stitches in the middle to keep them together. (It was also suggested that a brad could be used instead of sewing – helpful shortcut!)


Next, we will show you how to make the bottom half of the flower. Again, these look great on their own or stacked. Below is a picture of them on their own.  We learned how to make these fabric flowers here on Ruffled.
From Ruffled: Yoyos- cut circles of varying sizes in desired fabric (we used the same type of fabric). You probably want the circles at least 6 inches in diameter. Thread a needle and work a running stitch around the outside of the circle. Pull the thread to gather the fabric into a little bundle, and press flat. Make a few stitches to tack the front of the flower to the back so it will stay flat. Tie off the yarn and tuck visible ends to the inside. If you want, you can hot glue or sew on a button for the center.Tomorrow is the final day, come back and watch as we put the whole board together.

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Vendor Spotlight: Artistry in Bloom

Today we are so excited to share our favorite florist with you: Artistry in Bloom. You’ve seen Artistry’s work before (here and here), because we hired them for our weddings. Artistry isn’t limited to flowers, though. They are amazing at draping beautiful fabrics and have recently opened a huge showroom to display all of their amazing rentals (think candelabras, vases, iron gazebos, lighting, serving dishes, etc). The images below were taken at last weekend’s Social Graces wedding. The flowers were absolutely stunning.

Photos by Meg White.