Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Pink Posy's Customer Gallery Competition!!

Last Month we Launched our Customer Gallery at Pink Posy. We had some fabulous photo entries from you all, demonstrating how you use our products whilst crafting and being creative. We were incredibly impressed and inspired by the originality and presentation of your creations so choosing a winner and runner up was very hard!

Tell Me More...

This is currently a monthly competition- running from 1st-end of each month. We would love for you to send us photographs of our products in use. Whether you have bought diamante brooches, diamante buckle ribbon slides, rhinestone gem clusters, charms, diamante cake toppers or any product you have bought from our range, we would love to see them in use!! 

What Could I Win?

There will be a £15 prize voucher to spend at Pink Posy for our favourite Photograph and a £5 voucher for the Runner up (each month)! Your Photograph will also feature in our Customer Gallery! 

How Do I Enter?

Please send your photographs with your name and location to: sales@pinkposy.co.uk and also state which of our diamante products you have used in your photograph.  For Full Competition Terms and Conditions Please visit our 'Competitions' Page on our homepage at: www.pinkposy.co.uk.

June 2013 Winning Photographs:

A HUGE Congratulations to Kath Hammerton from KK Bespoke Browbands for submitting the Winning Photograph for our June 2013 Customer Gallery Competition! Kath won a £15 Voucher to Spend at Pink Posy! 

And another HUGE Congratulations to Miriam Guy from Cakes by Miriam who won the Runner Up Prize For her Photograph! These can also be viewed in our customer gallery: http://www.pinkposy.co.uk/catalog/gallery.php?cid=6

We look forward to seeing your wonderful diamante creations! Remember, send your photographs with your name and location to: sales@pinkposy.co.uk and also state which of our diamante products you have used in your photograph. 

Good Luck!


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

How to Make a Fabric Flower

How to Make Your Own Fabric Flower Tutorial

 (Fabric flower- Made with Polyester Satin & Organza Fabric with a Pink Posy Clear diamante gem cluster embellishment*)

Ever wanted to know how to make fabric flowers? Want to add something pretty and glamorous to your hair, dress, bag or gift? Here is an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make your own! 

What You Will Need:

  • Fabric- Polyester Satin
  • Organza Fabric (optional Extra)
  • Small Piece of felt for the back of the flower
  • Piece of A4 Card
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Textile Scissors
  • Glue gun and Glue Stick
  • Candles & Matches (or a lighter)
  • Hair Clip or a brooch pin
  • Embellishment to finish

(Why not choose a rhinestone embellishment from Pink Posy's wide selection!)

  1. Measure and Cut Out Template Squares

On your piece of card, measure out 4 squares (these will become progressively smaller.

1 x Large Square at 10.5cm x 10.5cm
1 x Medium Square at 9cm x 9cm
1x Second Smallest Square at 8cm x 8cm
1x Smallest Square at 6.5cm x 6.5cm.

(All measurements are rough- You can play around with different sizes to see what you prefer)

On each square, draw lines through the middle to find the central point. Measure approximately 15mm from the centre point on each line and draw a line through it (as shown in the photograph). 

Cut all templates out and cut along the dotted lines up to your
15mm markers to produce a slit on each side of the square.

2. Choose your fabric.

(Polyester Satin)

(Polyester Satin Matched with Similiar Colour Organza Fabric)

Choose your preferred fabric colour. You can make your flower with all Polyester Satin or you could add more layers to your flower using additional organza material. If you wish to use the organza material as well, use your templates with the organza to cut out another 4 matching sized squares to your polyester satin.

3. Draw Around Your Templates 

and cut out the Fabric Squares.

Draw around your Templates onto the Non-shiny side of the material and cut out the corresponding squares. Not forgetting to cut the slits on each side of your squares.

You should have 4 Squares of descending sizes.

4. Curl the edges of your Squares to Make Petals Using the Heat from above the flame of your candle or Lighter.

***Please be very careful when doing this next part.*** 

Ensure you test out a piece of spare fabric so that you can get used to the effects of the heat on your fabric and how quickly the edges melt. Have the shiny side of the fabric on the outside (closest to flame). Do not put your fabric in the flame- this will burn it, holding your fabric a little distance over the flame will be enough to melt and curl the edges of your fabric. Testing will allow you to see how quickly the edges begin to shrivel and melt, holding over the heat too long may cause the material to shrivel too much, burn or develop holes so practice first with your spare piece of fabric! Also ensure there are no drafts near to where you are working.

Once you feel more confident with curling the edges, now start with your square pieces of fabric, curling the edges on each.

(If you are using the organza fabric as well, just note that this melts a lot quicker than the polyester-satin!)

How your square petals will look once the edges have been 'curled'

5) Glue gun the middle of each curled square and glue these with the largest layer at the bottom up to the smallest layer on the top, then embellish with a diamante gem.

(If you are using Polyester Satin alone, this is roughly how your fabric flower will look- made up with 4 layers. If you would like to add more bulk and glamour to your flower follow the additional steps before gluing your fabric pieces together).

6. Layering with Polyester Satin and Organza.

So you should have four curled pieces of polyester satin and 4 curled pieces of organza material. Layer fabric- largest piece of polyester satin, then largest piece of organza, then medium sized polyester satin, then medium sized piece of organza etc... 

Use a little bit of hot glue on the central point of your squares to glue the layers together.

Largest Satin Polyester Layer at the bottom then largest organza layer.

Until all layers are glued together, alternating the fabric. 

Your Pre-embellished flower should look something like this.

7. Cut out a small piece of felt for the back of your flower and hot glue onto the back of your flower.

8. Attaching a hair clip or brooch to your flower.

Once the felt is secure, glue gun a hairclip on with a smaller piece of felt to secure it in place. Alternatively you can glue on/ stitch on a brooch pin back.

9. Embellishing your Flower- the finishing touch

Now, for the finishing touch! Embellish your flower with a diamante gem, just add a spot of hot glue to the back of your diamante embellishment and press to the middle of your flower to secure. (Pink Posy's Clear Diamante Gem Cluster has been used on this flower)

Enjoy your New Beautiful Handmade Flower!!

Fabric Flower Inspiration...

A stunning Accessory for your hair! Customise your flower to match your outfit!!

Wear as a brooch/ corsage on a dress, bag or belt to add additional glamour.

(Ivory Pearl diamante gem cluster from Pink Posy features on all 3 of the 'Fabric Flower Inspiration' photographs).

 *Please Note All rhinestone diamante embellishments pictured in this Step-by-Step Guide can be purchased directly from our site along with many many more beautiful items at: www.pinkposy.co.uk

Diamante embellishments that we currently Stock:

Ivory Pearl, Clear, Light Pink, Purple, Light Blue & Royal Blue Gem Clusters and Small Snowflake rhinestone embellishments.

Coming Soon:

Grey Pearl, Aqua Blue, Lavender and Smokey Blue Gem Clusters Coming Soon to www.pinkposy.co.uk!

If you would like more information about our products please visit our website or email us on sales@pinkposy.co.uk.