Tuesday, November 30, 2010
So here's the promised tutorial for the flower/headband I made HERE. So many of you were so nice and requested a tutorial and here it is finally! It really would be a great gift for daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, sisters and so forth.
All you need is: Some felt, scissors, pencil, thread/needle and a glue gun later on. Also you'll want some kind of hair clip or just a headband to attach it to. (Sorry, these aren't shown haha.)
Alrighty, take your felt and trace a 5 petal flower. Dimensions can be anything you want, mine was about 4"x4". Now, don't mind that my petals are wacky shaped, it'll all be hidden anyway :)
Make three of these flowers and gradually get smaller with each one, so it'll be tiered.
Now the fourth layer is only a 4 petal flower. It may look odd now, but I really like the look in the final product.
Arrange all your petals until you like the look, then take and fold everything in half. Take your needle and thread (you'll need a pretty long piece of thread fyi,) and run it through ALL the layers.
Now, I'm not good at sewing terms, but I believe this form of stitch is called whip stitching? All you smart women out there, correct me if I'm wrong 'cause I would love to know. :) :) :) Nevertheless, whipstitch? quite a few times in the center of the petals.
Next, you'll fold over again the opposite way, and stitch again the same way you did, but now it'll be over the other stitches. Make sense?
..................Like so. Keep going until you have a beautiful mess of a knot.
See how hideous??? It's perfect haha.
Okay, unfold and fluff out your flower now and see if it's to your liking. If it needs more puckering add some more stitches on the back. After you are done, knot and cut your thread. Cut another piece of felt about 4" long slightly taper it. This will be the middle of the flower.
Put a dab of hot glue in the beginning and roll that sucker up. Oh yeah, now cut out a felt circle to cover your ugly knot in back.
Glue your cluster down in the center there. Now onto the back. :)
If you would like to attach it to a headband, this is what you'd do. Hold the flower, put some hot glue on the circle and press it over the headband onto the flower. (Make sure you put a lot of glue, so it doesn't slide right off.)
Or,......just glue the circle on directly and attach or glue on a hair clip.
I'm terribly sorry for all the pics, phew. It really is so simple and takes about 15 min in reality. I'm just extremely detailed and don't want to short cut it. Hope you love these like I do, they really are chic, classy and easy!
P.S. I'm linking up Here on the respectable days, check it out!