Monday, June 24, 2013

Fabric Calla Lilies

I love calla lilies!  They're in bloom in my garden and I'm loving the look of this beautiful and majestic flower. The calla lily has an appealing and elegant shape - one of simplicity.   I think it is one of the easiest flowers you could find to recreate, and I had just the right fabric in my stash to make this with.


Here's How:

Draw a petal pattern on paper cardstock and cut it out. Each calla lily is just one petal. How easy is that?  I wanted a fairly large flower so my dimensions were roughly 6.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide. Do have fun making your own version of calla lily petals!

Next, mod podge an area of the fabric large enough to accommodate as many of the petals you wish to make.  I did this to stop the fabric from fraying and to make the petals stiff.

Once dry, cut out one petal, using the pattern and apply mod podge on the back and place together on another area of the stiffen fabric, smoothing it as you press. I did it this way so the calla lily would have a finish look on both sides.  After drying, cut out the double sided petal.  Repeat for additional flowers.

To make the spadix ( floral spike), I used 3/8 inch dowel rods since calla lilies have thick stems. File the edge of the rod to an oval shape and paint about two inches of that end.

 *In hindsight, I should have made the spandix out of clay and pushed a floral wire stem into it and draped the wire in strips of paper towels and mod podge to thicken and then tape with floral tape. This way you can bend the flower stems to conform to any type of arrangement.  You can't bend dowel rods but that is what I had on hand. I didn't have any clay and was not in the mood to make the homemade kind. Sorry!

Glue the rod to the center of the petal.

Fold over the bottom end of the petal and secure with hot glue.

 Make the stem.  Tape the remaining portion of the rod with floral tape.

                   (I re-opened the petal base to tape for a cleaner look and re-glued)

 Shape the petal.  The edges of the petal need to be curled by rolling the edges over to get the shape of a calla lily.  I looked at the calla lilies in my garden to get a real feel of how they needed to be shaped.

                                                                     Beautiful, huh?

Calla lilies need little adornment to make a dramatic statement.  No matter what the decor, they are simply divine in both modern and traditional arrangements.  And calla lilies made out of fabric are no exception.

I hope you like this easy way to make fabric calla lilies. The stencil looking fabric gave the flower a unique and distinctive look.  One I'm pretty proud of.  Why not have a try at making your own!

Take a little time to enjoy,

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  1. Lovely!
    (Found you via creative mondays)

  2. This was a great idea and execution.

  3. The calla lilies are beautiful - the fabric is lovely. I am pinning this in hopes I will do this project. I have never seen calla lilies growing in a garden - just at the florist. Are they hard to grow?

  4. The fabric and the end result are just magnificent!
    Thank you for the photo tutorial as well.

  5. So beautiful. I love the Calla Lilies, I have a few white plants growing here, anyway one day I saw the purple ones on Martha Stewart show and went searching for them. These lilies get chopped down and barely require any attention...because they have been classed a weed here LOL Oh well I have the most beautiful weeds ever :) Sadly I couldn't get the purple ones, might have to make some.

  6. These are sooo pretty Gail! I love the fabric you used, and you always have such great tutorials with wonderful pics.

  7. these look so pretty. they're my aunts favorite flower, and I am always looking for an interesting way to gift her some.

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  9. I so love calla lilies and these fabric ones are such a cute ideas. Great job.

  10. These are so pretty! I love that fabric too ;) Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @ Better With Age

  11. These calla lilies are gorgeous! I never would have thought that this could be a DIY project but I can't wait to tackle them! Thanks for linking up to the On Display Linky Party! I Hope you will link up another amazing diy!

  12. I love calla lilies too! Great tutorial and I love the fabric you used! I'm so glad you shared it at the Rock 'N Share! Hope you’ll join the party again soon! Have a great holiday! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  13. Calla lilies are my favorite flower .. always have been. What a beautiful way to have them year round.

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  14. I love calla lillies, they are so pretty. What a nice way to have them displayed.

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  15. Those really are beautiful! I never would have thought to make them out of fabric!
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  17. I'm so glad I found your tutorial. Yes, there are a lot of others around, but this is by far the best! I bought a bunch of dressmaking fabric a few weeks ago and can't wait to try it.


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