Tattered Florals Vintage Style Millinery

If you haven’t checked it out already, Tim Holtz has a fun challenge on his blog featuring the Tattered Florals die from his collection with Sizzix.  (You can find the challenge here: http://timholtz.com/tattered-floral-challenge/.)

I am so excited about this challenge because the Tattered Florals die is one of my all time favorite Tim Holtz dies.  I believe it was the first die I ever bought and have used it extensively in my classes and projects.  I couldn’t wait to play along with the challenge and create something with the die too!

And…. I am thrilled to tell you that I have a Tattered Florals die to give away to one of my blog readers courtesy of Tim!  (See the details below after the last photo.)

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

For my project, I wanted to create some vintage style millinery flowers to embellish a vintage hat that I have.  The hat is a child’s hat that both of my daughters have worn in portraits.  It now sits as a decoration in my foyer with some other vintage collections.  The setting doesn’t have much color, so I thought colorful flowers would not only dress up the hat, but also make a nice splash of color.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Begin by die cutting several flowers from crinoline.  (Read my blog post about crinoline for help in understanding what it is and isn’t and why I love using it: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/crinoline-help-and-facts/)

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

I used the same technique for all the flowers.  For the tutorial, I am showing the blue-ish green flowers that are next to the large pink flower in the center.  This is the medium-sized round flower on the die.

Mist the die cut flowers with Distress Stain place in a mister bottle.  Leave some areas of white if you can to help create some of the color variation after blending.  (Shown here, Broken China Distress Stain.)

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Squeeze the fabric flowers in a dry cloth to remove excess stain.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Dry the flowers with a heat tool.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Apply a light-colored Distress Ink to the center of the flowers using an ink blending tool.  (Shown here, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.)

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the outer edges of the flowers using an ink blending tool.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Mist water onto your hand and flick it onto the flowers.  The water will cause the ink colors to blend and will create some spotting, which will add to the vintage look.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Squeeze the flowers in a dry cloth to remove excess water.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Dry the flowers with a heat tool.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Stack several layers of flowers together.  Punch a hole through the center of the stack.  (For this flower, I stacked three.)

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Place a bunch of wired flower stamens through the hole.  To give the stamens a more vintage look, you can brush them lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.  (You can find stamens in most craft stores, and online on eBay and Etsy.  A search for “millinery flower stamen” will usually do the trick.)

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Bunch the petals up around the stamen.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Begin wrapping the flower on the cone-like base of the flower.  Tape on this part will help the petals keep their upward shape.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

Continue wrapping the tape around the stem.  If the stem of the stamen is short, a piece of floral stem wire can be added depending on how long of a stem you need.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

After wrapping, fluff the petals of the flower.  It is now ready to use.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

You may find it helpful to wrap some thin paddle wire around the base of the flower before wrapping it with tape.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

The small purple and blue flowers were both created with two layers of the smallest flower from the die.  The blue was colored with Broken China Distress Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I cut away the small stamen pieces and left just the single larger center.  The purple flowers were created with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain and Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I cut away the large stamen center so that only the small pieces remained.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

The larger blue flower is the flower from the step out photos above.  The yellow-ish petaled flower was created with two layers of the long petaled flower from the die.  It was colored with Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw Distress Stains and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

The large flower was created with six layers of flowers.  Each was misted with Picked Raspberry and Antique Linen Distress Stains leaving some white areas.  After drying, the petals were lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  As shown above, they were then flicked with water and dried again

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

After I assembled the flower, I misted Picket Fence Distress Stain onto my craft sheet and brushed just the tips of the flower in the stain.  The stain added a nice highlight to the tips of the petals that touched the stain.

tammytutterow crinoline millinery

The dark orange flower was created from three layers of the medium-sized round flower.  It was colored with Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain and Squeezed Lemonade and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The leaves were die cut with the Tattered Leaves die and were colored with Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage Distress Stains and Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

After assembling the flowers into a spray, I added a bow made from Crinkle Ribbon that was dyed with Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stains.

The final touch was a vintage hat pin stick into the cluster next to the bow.

tammytutterow vintage style millinery

And here is my sweet daughter Emma modeling the hat for me.  Seriously, this photo melts my heart.  I love those little smile lines of hers. <3

If you have the Tattered Florals die, I hope you will create a little art with it and share it on Tim’s blog.  He has some amazing prize packs available!

If you don’t have the die, then leave a comment here on my blog.  I have one die (courtesy of Tim himself!) to give away to one of my readers.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by midnight March 22nd CST.  If we get enough comments to push this post into the number 1 spot on my Top 10 Tutorials list (on the right side bar –>) I will add in some Ranger and Sizzix goodies to the prize too!

Good luck to all who enter!


tammy tutterow supply links 610

sss: Simon Says Stamp  ie: Inspiration Emporium sb.com: Scrapbook.com

Tim Holtz Tattered Florals (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon (sss|ie)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Dusty Concord Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Peeled Paint Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Picket Fence Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Antique Linen Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Scattered Straw Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Picked Raspberry Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Broken China Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Peeled Paint Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Bundled Sage Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Mini Mister (sss|ie)
Ranger Mister (sss|ie)
Ranger Blending Tool (sss|ie)
Ranger Craft Sheet (sss|ie)
Ranger Heat Tool (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors (sss|ie)
Crop-a-Dile (sss|ie)

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  1. Kathryn Moffatt says

    Hi Tammy, this is my first time viewing your blog and I absolutely love it! I found you through Tim Holtz and I’m happy he directed me to your site. I love your work and will deffinately try making some crinoline flowers. Thankyou for the great tutorial. Kathryn Moffatt

  2. Manuela Benetti says

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I would never have thought to make my own flowers like that for a hat. I really love it. I just found your blog and will have to keep reading!

  3. says

    I loved watching your creative process! Such beautiful work you do!! Your daughter is so sweet!! She looks so beautiful in that hat with your work on it!!
    As much as I would love to win something you can count me out of the giveaway because I already own the die. It is a wonderful opportunity for someone who doesn’t have one.
    Good luck to all!!

  4. Bobbie Yaden says

    A work of art. Love this and will use this idea for sure. Hope I win the die but if I dont this is proof I need it. Who does’nt need another Tim Holtz tresure…right!

  5. Jasmine Patrick says

    I just love this die, the vintage style flowers are just so beautiful! Thanks for sharing, your tutorials are always so easy to follow, thanks again

  6. Lorrie Koenig says

    What a marvelous educational tutorial! And, the flowers/hat turned out beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. Krista says

    I love your style. I am going to try canvas flowers to do with middle school kids and senior citizens together in a multigenerational project at my school! Hope it works, but I have crinoline for the backup!

  8. Ellen Schlagel says

    Your flowers are so fresh and colorful I’m wishing hard for Spring! While I love the aged, vintage look Tim Holtz is known for, it’s refreshing to see such vibrant colors of Distress products used to create your flowers!

  9. Maree says

    Only just found your blog. The work on here is amazing and i will continue to visit. Love the tutorial – right amount of description and pictures to help us create.

  10. Tommye Bell says

    Luv, Luv, Luv your summer hat. Reminds me of all the hats my precious Mom wore. Thanks for the tutorial! I don’t have the tattered rose die, but I can see that it would be the most used one if I did! TFS.

  11. says

    I love your blog and I love this die! I don’t have this die and I had to do Tim’s Tattered floral challenge with dies that a friend cut out for me. This is such a versatile die and your post proves just how versatile this die can be. These fabric flowers are just beautiful and could be used in so many ways! I love how you inked them with many different colors and your daughter is just adorable in that hat!

  12. Barbara says

    Awwww … the picture of your daughter in that beautifully decorated hat is simply beautiful! Love how you created those flowers! I don’t have the die … would LOVE the die! Thanks for the chance … always drool at your tutorials!

  13. Teresa Hamilton says

    I’m going to redo the floral hat I made for myself over 10 years ago & update it with Tim’s tattered florals as soon as I get my hands on his die!! Thanx!

  14. Lisa Korpiewski says

    Love your work Tammy! Beautiful flowers. Would love a chance to win the floral die so I can make my own tattered flowers!

  15. Gail Briggs says

    Hi Tammy, This is the first time I have seen your blog and I loved it. Your tutorial was very well done and I would love the opportunity to make these beautiful flowers but I do not have the die or the inks to do it. Maybe I will be lucky and win.
    Thanks, and your daughter is so adorable in her Easter hat!

  16. stampnk says

    wow, I love how you added so much dimension and texture to those flowers with the ink! Gives them such a great vintage look!

  17. says

    Very pretty hat and beautiful daughter. Her name looks like it fits her. Reminds me of my fav movie, Pride & Prejuice. The hat would be a great idea for Easter.

  18. says

    Hi Tammy, the flowers that you made are so gorgoeus and look wonderful on the hat. I went out to buy some Crinoline for myself and my friend in Sweden, who sent me to your blog! Thank you for the tutorial here on your blog and on the Sizzix blog.

  19. jean keller says

    I learn so much from your blog. I appreciate your willingness to share your expertise. Thanks a bunch. Love these beautiful flowers…a breath of spring.

  20. Connie Abraham says

    You came up on a follow on my pinterest. I absolutely love your style, simple yet beautiful. You are truly a designer. Love the flowers, very creative. Love, love, love you stuff. Thanks for the ideas and sharing. Keep up the inspiration.

  21. says

    Tammy, I love the new improved hat you have made, and your daughter looks gorgeous wearing it. I definitely love all things vintage and shabby chic. Although I have to tell you, I have tried to make these flowers with crinoline and have not had much success. First of all, in Canada we don’t seem to have a crinoline with as many threads( per square inch) as yours. The only one I could find was so light and airy they blow away everywhere with just your breath!, and vanish so well into the wood floor, you feel like you need a magnifying glass to search them out. I don’t know how many I may have lost to the vacuum! LOL. If you try to colour them, the threads barely hold the colour, it’s almost non existant. I can’t even get them to stay together with wire or glue, I guess because the threads don’t overlap enough to hold one another together.I will go back to the store and experiment with other fabrics, but was wondering if I sprayed the “h-e-double hockeysticks” out of the fabric to get the stiffness, would it still take any spray ink? probably not, as I would be re-wetting the starch.I will have to try something else. Thanks for sharing another one of your awesome projects, I love coming to your blog daily for a good dose of inspiration.

    • says

      It almost sounds to me as if you have tulle instead of crinoline. When you buy crinoline, a lot of fabric store employees will direct you to tulle (bridal veil) because many people call fluffy under skirts (petticoats) “crinolines”. Crinoline fabric is very different. If you take a look at this post: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/crinoline-help-and-facts/, it will show you photos of the crinoline that I use.

  22. Katie B. says

    Awesome project!! Love the bright colors in the flowers you created. Always love your tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  23. Heidi Gore says

    Did you pick the winner for this yet? I can’t seem to find out who won. Of course, I’m hoping it was me.

    • says

      I am working on it right now. I was down with a migraine when it closed and I am playing catch up. Thanks for checking on it and reminding me!

      • Heidi Gore says

        So sorry that you are suffering with these migraines. Please disregard my comment until you are better. I was just checking since I lose track of these things so frequently.

  24. Jerilynn Olson says

    Love the look of your flowers. I have done this exact thing with the wire and stamens and dyes but I used muslin and netting and when I didn’t get the look I liked I had some scraps of sew-in interfacing and made flowers with that which I really liked but I wasn’t getting the puffiness I was looking for so I’m excited to try the crinoline. Your daughter does look so sweet in that adorable hat. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Susan Hicks says

    Finally, a tutorial for flowers I actually want to make, and will probably actually be capable of making! This looks like the tutorial of my dreams. How did I miss this post??? Thank you!

  26. says

    Wow the flowers came out so beautiful!! That’s a wonderful vintage hat also and it goes perfect with those flowers!! Fabulous work.. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I can’t wait to try this.

  27. Debbie Lilja says

    Just found your blog. I have been interested in getting a die cut machine. After reading your post and seeing the tutorial I definitely want a cutting machine! Thank you for sharing!