In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own silk flowers with 100% silk fabric. In part 1 I make a pink and white silk rose and a pink wild rose, while in part 2 I make lilac flowers.
- thin 100% silk fabric, such as pongee
- silk paints
- needle and sewing thread
- optional: crepe paper
- optional: stamens
Paint the prewashed silk with silk paints in different colors.
I used shades of pink for the roses and green for the leaves. Set the colors according to the manufacturer’s instructions: The silk paint I used had to be ironed for 5 minutes.
Then make this starch solution (-> my tutorial).
Starch the silk.
I cut out some of the rose petals and leaves before starching, and some of the fabric I starched in one piece.
Let the starched fabric dry on a flat surface, and the cut out petals and leaves over small bowls to shape them.
Cut rose petals out of the starched silk fabric. Choose the best colored parts of the fabric.
Sew the petals together …
… each time overlapping the previous petal.
I used white petals for the middle of the rose, and light and dark pink for the outer petals.
When the rose is big enough, secure the thread with some stitches and cut it.
Make your own stamens or use bought ones. Cut out a sepal from green silk fabric. Pierce the wire with the stames through the middle of the rose and the sepal.
Attach the sepal with some stitches to the base of the rose with green thread.
Cover the wire with a strip of green crepe paper. Add a leaf if you like.
I made a big pink and white rose without stamens and a small pink rose with stamens.
Sew 5 petal together with green thread.
Stitch down the stamens, and the wild rose is finished. That was fast, wasn’t it? 😀
Here you’ll find part 2 of my tutorial where I made silk lilac flowers.
2 thoughts on “How To Make Real Silk Flowers: Roses – Tutorial Part 1”
Hi was size wire do u use thanks as didt know there is so many different sizes so didt know when ordering the wire
For this project it doesn’t matter so much what wire size you’re using. Something between gauge 20 and gauge 26.