UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: Fabric Flowers and Baby Headbands

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fabric Flowers and Baby Headbands


I shall keep my promise, to blog this weekend, even if its a 2 am in the morning! That's ok, I slept in late this morning, (Saturday) so thankfully I am fully rested.

I got to work on these Friday night. I know sad huh? I mean no Friday night plans? I did get to go thrift shopping on Friday during the day with my friend Terri. I got a few good deals.

Anyway, I need to get busy on more to add to my Etsy shop. I am always looking for new crafts to sell on there. I finished with a few, and wanted to show them off to you, and teach you how to make them.

I went through all of my fabric and put all the potential flower making fabric into a big bin. I couldn't believe how much I came up with. I really am a fabric hoarder. It's hard for me to throw out fabric. I mean a  1/4 a yard or less can make a few flowers. I still have 3 big drawers full of fabric for future projects.

There are 4 different styles of flowers shown. And yes... I will show you how to do all 4. I know how to make more styles, but we'll do that on another post.

First flower/headband:


 Step 1: Cut a tiny slit in the fabric and then rip it all the way down. My strip was 36 inches long.
 Step 2: With a needle and thread sew it very loosely all the way down the strip.

 Step 3: Leave the needle in the fabric, don't cut it, then gather it.It will not be this gathered, this is just for the picture. You'll have to play with it while making the flower. 

Step 4: Start rolling it with the stitching at the bottom.

Step 5 Keep doing it until you achieve a flower rose like this.

Step 6: Sew the layers at the bottom together

I added another smaller flower and a white flower to the headband and then cut 2 pieces of felt like this into ovals. This is actually an unused flannel blanket that my step mom gave me for scrap fabric. Gotta love her for saving stuff after her projects so I can hoard it, lol.

Step 7: Attach the flower (s) to the felt circle (oval) and then trim the excess felt.


Now for the elastic headband part. I buy Fold Over Elastic 10 yd 5/8 inch FOE - Shiny that is for baby headbands. I measure it 16 inches (8 folded in half)


Step 8: I hot glue the ends together then attach it to the felt and sew it on there, this reinforces the headband too.

 Step 9: Attach it with hot glue to the headband, then trim away the excess, felt.

And whaa-la, now I have a shabby chic baby headband!

Now onto the next flower:

Step 1: Cut 4  4 in diameter circles



Step 2: Cut 4 3 1/4 inch circles

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 in a lighter shade fabric.


Step 4 fold the circle in half and then again in another half.

Step 6 Hand sew or hot glue the 4 inch circles (darker shade) to your felt circle.

Step 7: Do the lighter shade on top, going in between the cracks of the bottom layer.

Step 8: Repeat with the darker 3 1/4 inch circles.

Step 10: add one more light color 3 1/4 circle and sew it to the center. 

Step 11: Fluff the layers up and add a embellishment to the top, and attach it to a headband if desired.



This flower has the least amount of steps and I would say its the easiest. It certainly can be depending on what kind of fabric your using. I used an old cotton stretch ribbed sweater. Another Scrap from my step mom! This is to show you how many different kinds of fabric/scraps you can use!



Step 1: Twist it, you won't be able to twist the whole thing. Funny technique I use is to get on the floor twist is as much as I can and put the end in between my toes. Oh ya, if this is for someone else, make sure your feet are clean, lol.


Step 2: begin rolling it into a spiral kinda thang!

Just keep rolling, and hot glue about every 3 rolls around the circle. Watch those toes, trust me, enough said!

 Step 3 Attach an embellishment if you desire and then attach it to a headband or clip.


This is one of my favorite flowers, its just so shabby chic, and can look very vintage if you use off white colors.


Step 1:Cut a strip about 1 1/2 half wide

Step 2: Fold it in half and hot glue it.

Step 3 Cut slits, I like to make some long and some short, some skinny and some fat.

Step 4 Starting from the outside of your felt circle, begin gluing it down.

Step 5 Keep gluing it in circles till you reach the center, trim off any excess fabric.
Step 6 Fluff the heck out of it to achieve the stringy look.

  
And whaa-laa another flower for your DIY collection!




Now I just needs some baby subjects. Guess I'll send them to my friend at Lilac Blossom Photography.

Thanks for tuning in!

46 comments:

  1. cute baby headbands Allie. I am your newest follower.

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  2. Lol, you sound about as bad with your fabric as I do with my yarn. The mister doesn't understand why I keep buying more :). They just don't understand lol. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm now following, and if you ever decide to jump over on Bloglovin' PUHLEEZ let me know so I can follow you better, you'd love it there I promise! Oh, and I'm a Texas girl too!!! ;)

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  3. Excellent fabric flowers! I love them! Nice compositions, original design! I like!

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  4. You did an excellent job of demonstrating how to make them! The last one looked super hard until you see how easy it was to make those loops. Loved it!

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  5. I read every step. You are so talented. I haven't seen the last three flowers before.
    Thank you for your visit and kind comments. I am following you back. I look forward to our visits.
    Have a great week, Ginger

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  6. Such a cute post I love all the sweet flowers you are making with the wonderful tutorial on how to make them..Love the originality...I am a new followers of yours and I will be back again,,,Phyllis

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  7. Ahh...I've always wondered how to do these! I love wearing headbands but it's so hard for me to find ones that fit. So I've always said that I would look into making my own!! I guess when I get a little more time, I can use this tutorial to help!!

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  8. The little chabby chic headband is so cute! It's nice of you to share how to do it. :)

    Thank you for linking up to Super Sunday Sync.

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  9. So cute! And you make them all look so easy to make!

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  10. This is a great tutorial! I make my own baby/little girl headbands and clips as well and this just gave me some new ideas ~ thanks for sharing :) Pinned it!

    Also, thanks for linking up at the Super Sunday Sync! Hope to see you back next week.

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  11. The headbands are so cute! Your tutorial is great! Thanks for the visit and new follow! I'm returning the favor! Blessings, Tammy

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  12. Cute! My daughter would love these. Following you back

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  13. Very cool and you certainly gave fabulous instructions!!

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  14. Great tutorial! Thank you for visiting One More Time Evens...following you back!

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  15. These are SOOOO cute! I really love the yellow one :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by and following along with The Thriftiness Miss! Following back and hope you have a lovely day!

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  16. What pretty flowers with very nice instructions. You know the late Coco Chanel loved fabric flowers. Tres chic as the French would say.
    Sam

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  17. Thanks for the tutorials and for the follow. Cherry Kay

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  18. Hi~ Thanks for stopping by Turnips 2 Tangerines and thanks for the follow:) Following you back and I shared this post on FB~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  19. Here I am! :-) Your blog 's very nice too, nice craft-ideas!

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  20. Thanks so much for your sweet visit, I'm following you, too!
    Love the sweet headbands, thanks for the tutorial.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  21. So cute, makes me wish I had little girls!! New follower :)

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  22. What sweet headbands and great tutorial! Thank you for sharing and for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. I would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which is currently live. Here is the link if you want to check it out! http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-63.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  23. These are beautiful!!!! I want to try this out so badly. When I have a little girl, all of her headbands will be handmade!!! Love it!! :)

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  24. Hi: I will have to try making one for my Grandbaby! Love them! Blessings, Martha

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  25. So sweet! Great tutorials! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  26. Wow! What a darling idea! We’d love to have you share your post at our weekly Saturday Link Party! Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

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    1. Thank you! Just posted it on your site, thanks for the INVITE :)

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  27. A fellow Texas girl... YES MA'AM. I love this and this tutorial. I must favorite this one. If you only knew my obsession with bows and headbands. Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up with us at the TGIF link up.

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    1. Thank you Aleshea! And thank you for letting me link up with your blog, will make it a weekly thang!

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  28. Super cute, my girls would love these! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  29. These are so cute, thanks for the detailed tutorial. I have so many of these that I have purchased for my daughter but have never tried to do it myself. I think I just might give it a try.
    Stopping by from Much Ado About Monday Party.
    Sarah
    www.creativeramblingsblog.com

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  30. Hi Allie! Thanks you so much for this great tutorial! You make it look so easy! I love fabric flowers and will have to try this soon! Have a great day! Blessings from Bama!

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  31. These are so cute! Great tutorial too. I would LOVE for you to share this at "That's My Style" Link Party TODAY! I hope to see you there. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing this at "That's My Style" Link Party!!! You made my day. I do hope you'll join in again. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week. :)

      Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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  32. I'm not sure which flower I like best. All of them are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party.

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  33. These are really beautiful Allie. The last baby headband that you made is my favourite. Very vintage! x

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  34. Great post I’ve been meaning to play around with some headbands for a while now :)
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  35. Thank you for such wonderful tutorials! The flowers are so different from each other, but adorable in their own way.♥ I especially love the rusty-rose one with the slits--I've seen the technique done with felt strips, but it never occurred to me to try it with other fabrics! xoxo

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  36. Cute! Great job :) Jen @ www.sweetbabybowtique.com

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  37. So cute! I like the layered one the best I think. Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

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  38. Thanks for sharing your tutorials, love the flowers and the headbands, so cute. I've made some of the twist and wind fabric flowers, but I've been wanting to learn to make some different kinds of flowers for different project. These would work great and you make them look so easy to make. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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  39. Oh she will be so adorable with this amazing headband. Really really stunning! these cute baby headbands are very lovely and so chic!

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  40. These are awesome! Thank you for making the time to post this tutorial Allie. Very very useful! These baby headbands are super cute! Helen

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