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Flower Headband Tutorial

Here is the promised tutorial on the flower I created before! I’m really excited about how this one came out. It was a lot of fun! Instead of putting this on a clip, I decided to make a headband out of it to go with a cute little dress my daughter e! 

  • small rotary cutter with cutting board
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • spray adhesive
  • candle
  • card-stock
  • 3 glass beads
  • poly-braid elastic
  • needle and thread (matching beads)
  • 1/8 yd satin fabric
  • 1/8 yard tulle
  • 2 1/4 in. felt circle
First, you must take the time to draw out the flowers onto your cardboard or card-stock or whatever you have that might be capable of making a decent stencil. You can see I just used a box from a popular baby snack. The flowers come out best if they have 5 petals. I cut out a 4 in, 3 3/4 in, 3 1/2 in, and 3 in. Following the dimensions here will give you roughly a 4 in. flower in the end.

Also, cut out a 2 in circle from your card-stock and a 2 1/4 in circle from your felt.

Use your new stencils to cut out the flowers from both your satin and tulle fabrics.

Here’s both my satin and tulle flowers getting ready to be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone. I kid…it’s more or a teeny tea candle.

Now there’s the felt and card-stock circles that I spoke of earlier. For the elastic headband you want to measure the intended head and use that exact number. No need to adjust for seam allowance.

Now comes the tricky part. Fold the petals on each side of the one you are burning.Very carefully burn the edges while turning the petal. You don’t have to touch the fabric to the flame! Just get close and it will respond to the heat being put off. The best angle to make it curl is to have your hand closer to the table and the petal turned up a bit with the flame underneath the petal. You could practice with a scrap to see how it responds to the flame. Next, you do the same thing with the tulle. Dear Lord, its hard not to burn up the tulle! It burns SO fast, so be really cautious. I’m now wearing a lovely bandage due to this project. Don’t you guys worry. It was a small burn; and my 3 year old kissed it, so it should be fine.

And there you go! Here’s what they should look like. I put the tulle inside the corresponding satin pieces.

Use the spray adhesive to glue the card-stock circle inside the felt circle being careful to center it.

Now to prepare your elastic. Overlap the two edges by 1/2 in. and sew. I just hand-stitched, but you could certainly use a sewing machine if you like.

Take the largest petal and turn it face down. Put a small dab of hot glue in the center and place your elastic seam right on the dab. You want the seam to be hidden once the backing is on.

Now that the elastic is held in place, put the circle on top to see how for out from the center that you need to glue down the elastic. Do that, and then just glue on your circle with the card-stock side face down. I usually go in after the circle is glued on and glue down the edges real good being careful not to overdo it, because you don’t want big globs of glue showing.

Set the smallest petal piece along with its matching tulle piece aside. You still need to add the beads to it before gluing. You’re going to turn over you piece with the elastic attached and begin gluing the petals in order from largest to smallest again leaving the smallest piece aside. There should be a piece of tulle between each piece of satin. Also, you see how they don’t match up. Every petal after the one before should have its petals between the previous one’s petals. If that makes since…

Check it out! Now we’ll work on the center…

Make sure you have the satin with the tulle on top. Now figure out where you want the bead to be and start by pulling the needle from the bottom up. Once through, string on the bead and head back into the fabric still being mindful of where you want the bead to be. Go back up and through the same bead to secure it. Repeat with the last two beads.

Here’s how it should look! Perrrdy! In case you didn’t know, I’m from the country ya’ll. Hot glue your last beaded piece into the center and voila you’re done!

And here’s my sweetie looking all cutsie.


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Posted On
Mar 24, 2014
Posted By
Sophia

Hi!! Lovely your headband!! Cute cute!!
I just got really curious why you did use a card stock on it?!! Could you please let me know if it is because gets harder or its more adeherent?… Thank you!!

Posted On
Mar 24, 2014
Posted By
Kim

Thank you! I used cardstock for support, but you could also use a cereal box clipping. Otherwise, you may notice the flower peice getting floppy in no time. Good luck and hope to see your finished project!

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