These are beautiful Satin Flowers, which are better for formal occasions that casual ones. You could pull off a look , contrasting the formal satin roses with a Jean Jacket. These Satin Roses are a beautiful rather than a quick project. They did go more quickly once I got the hang of making them.
It is important getting the Right Fabric to make the Roses work out. The heavy Bridal Satin is the best. I did try some of the lighter polyester, crepe baked satin dress fabrics and they are just too soft and do not keep the crease. The Two Toned Rose does use one of these lighter weight fabrics for the second colour. The seam along the edge makes it heavy enough and the Heavier Satin still keeps the crease. The visible side is the satin side of the fabric, so you can see that it does not have the sheen of the Bridal Satin even though you might think that it would.
These are all Three Sizes of Satin Roses and a Rose Bud in a mixture of differently coloured Bridal Satins. There is a large choice of colours available. I've used Cream, Taupe and Purple.
The fabric, I used for the green leaves is lining fabric, just plain, no satin finish so that the leaves contrast with the Satin Flowers. You could use taffeta, if you can find it. It is even better if you can find a couple of shades of olive green and bronze green.
You will also need some pipe cleaners and a small amount of stuffing, either cotton balls or polyester fibrefill.
Make Large Rose
To make the outer layer of petals, cut four 5 inch squares of cream satin fabric, cutting along the straight of grain. Fold each square in half diagonally and press on the fold.
Make a 1/4 inch turning of the folded edge and press again. Open out the second fold and pin two of the triangles together so that one lies half underneath the other.
Pin the third and fourth triangles to these, so that they overlap in the same way, tucking the last corner under the first triangle to form a square.
Thread a strong needle using a heavy double thread.
Starting at the top right, gather along the top cut edge. Pull it up as tightly as possible and secure it with a back stitch.
Continue gathering down the left side with the same thread, pulling it up and stitching the same way. Repeat back across the bottom and the up the right side.
Fold along the second pressed line to complete the shaping.
Make the second layer of petals the same way using 4 inch squares of fabric.
Make the third layer of petals the same way using 3 inch squares of fabric.
To make the centre of the rose, take a pipe cleaner and bend 1/2 inch at one end around a small wad of cotton ball. If I want the stem to be stronger, I twist two pipe cleaners together and finish the same way.
Cut a 2 1/2 inch square, from the satin fabric (it can be a slightly darker shade) and gather it over the cotton ball to form a smooth bud.
Cut another piece of fabric on the bias to measure 5 inches by 2 inches. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and press. Fold again, another 1/4 inch and press. Round off the corners of the strip and gather along the raw edge.
Draw the strip up to half the original length, and wind the fabric twice around the bud. Secure the gathers, stitching neatly in place as required around the base of the bud.
To Make Up the Flower position the centre of the rose inside the smallest layer of petals.
Add the middle size layer, then the outer layer of petals.
Finish Back of Rose, cut a circle of fabric 2 1/4 in diameter. Turn 1/4 inch, all around and press in place. Make a small slit in the centre of the fabric circle and slip it over the pipe cleaner to cover the back of the rose. Stitch backing, neatly in place to the outer layer of petals.
Cover Stalk, for a Delux Finish, cut a strip of green lining fabric, on the bias 1 1/2 by 10 inches. I found it easiest to dampen the fabric so that it sticks better. Folding the fabric 1/4 inch along the top, wrap the fabric around the pipe cleaners. I found it tricky to start really close to the top, so I just gave the pipe cleaner a gentle tug to slide the fabric up to meet the rose. Finish wrapping the stem and catch the fabric to the pipe cleaner at the end.
Make Medium Rose
Make up exactly the same way, omitting the largest layer of petals. Use a 1 3/4 inch circle of fabric on the back.
Two Tone Rose
You can make Two Tone Roses in any size. For each of the petal sizes, cut two squares, in each of your colours. They should be an extra 1/2 inch in size, for instance 5 1/2 inches instead of 5 inches. Cut them in half diagonally.
Stitch the contrasting colours, right sides together, along the diagonal cut with a 1/2 inch seam. You are now back to having squares to work with. Make up as with any of the Roses. I made sure that my first fold along the seam, placed the seam just slightly on the side of the fabric that you are going to use as the underside of the petal, so you would not be able to see it on the finished rose.
Make Small Rose
Make up exactly the same way, using only the 3 inch squares for the petals. Use a 1 1/2 inch circle of fabric on the back.
Make Rose Buds
Make it up pretty much the same way as the Rose Centres. Cut a strip of the Satin, 9 inches by 3 inches. Fold in half lengthwise and press. Make a further fold 1/4 inch and press.
When wrapping the stem, pad the base of the bud slightly with stuffing, and wrap the fabric around it to form a calyx.
Make Green Leaves
Cut some rectangles from the shades of olive or bronze green fabric that you are using.
With right sides together, fold the fabric in half and stitch along one side using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Turn leaf right side out and pick out the corner with a needle. Position the seam in the centre of the back of the leaf, forming a triangle. Press.
Gather along the raw edge of the seam, starting and finishing the seam line on the right side of the leaf. This causes the end points to fold back. A stitch or two will hold the gathers.
Make Up Satin Rose Spays
Make up as many leaves and satin roses as you wish to create a spray suitable in size for your needs.