Picture of Starched Fabric Roses for Your Valentine!
 I have made several instructables showing how to make paper flowers, roses, daisies, and so on.  The thought came to me one day to use fabric as there are so many colorful, brilliant, decorative and vibrant fabrics to choose from. The issue was the fabrics were not "stiff" enough, so the next thought was to starch the cloth before trying to manipulate them into various flower forms.  It worked!
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Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

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Few tools and supplies are necessary: starch, fabric, scissors, glue, materials for stems and so on.

Step 2: Starch Fabrics to be Used

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Using the starch and bowl as seen in the previous step, fabric is soaked in slightly diluted starch and allowed to dry.  Depending on the stiffness desired, I have starched them 2 and 3 times.  You want a stiffened material that is easy to work, yet holds it's shape indefinitely. For a different look, I used some napkins from a restaurant.  See the finished flower in step 7.

Step 3: Draw Designs on Fabrics and Cut Out

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Follow the patterns shown on the photos, and cut out the shapes as depicted.  They are very simple shapes and should be easy to duplicate.  Actual outline is not that critical, as they will be manipulated into flower forms anyway. I cut squares to start with, each square being a petal or leaf.

Step 4: Make Leaves As Well

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Leaves are made from starched fabric as well. Pick a green, patterned or not, and/or various shades of fall colors if desired. In this photo, you can see the details of serrated edges, and stems which are drawn on the leaf with a pen or art pencil.
So much for buying fake flowers ever again! The tequila rose is definitely my favorite.
bajablue2 years ago
Beautiful, handmade flowers that bloom indefinitely?  It doesn't get any sweeter than this!!!
Creativeman (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks baja!