Sunday, July 15, 2012

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Fabric Flower Hair Clips/Bands

 Today I want to share a SUPER simple, but awesome Christmas (or birthday, or any time!) gift idea for the little ladies in your life! These fabric flowers are super popular right now, and sell on Etsy for $10 or more. I am going to show you how to make them for MUCH less, and in only 20 minutes or so.  They are "sew simple", and even older kiddos could make them!

Here's what you'll need:

Fabric (this is a great chance to repurpose some old shirts, curtains, sheets, etc...!!)
Needle & thread
Small felt circle

Trace the bottom of a juice glass (or any round object, approximately 3 inches or so in diameter) onto your fabric 5-6 times, depending on the number of petals you would like for your flower. 

Cut around your traced circles, and then iron them flat. Don't worry if they aren't perfect, or even if there is a little ink along the edges. This project is very forgiving! YAY!

 Next, fold the circle in half and iron again...

And again until you have a nicely pressed 1/4 circle.

Continue the process until you have a nice pile of pressed 1/4 circles.

Next, thread your needle and make a running stitch, three or four stitches, along the bottom curve of one of the 1/4 circles of fabric. Don't worry if the stitches are perfect - you won't see them in the end!

Now, pull the thread tight to create your first petal! Wasn't that easy?! Before moving on to your next petal, go back and make one stitch through the base of your petal to secure its shape, as shown below.

Then, grab your next 1/4 circle and make a stitch through the first petal and into the new piece of fabric, securing them together. Continue by again making a few running stitches along the bottom of the new petal, pulling them tight, and then securing the petal.

Repeat the process until you have the number of desired petals for your flower ...

Finally, stitch the last petal to the first, securing your work!

You should now have a pretty flower, with an ugly mess of stitching in the middle.

Hide your work by adding a button to the center of the flower, and stitching it in place!

Affix (stitch or glue) a circle of felt to the back of your flower to cover the mess on the other side.

Voila! A super simple, very pretty fabric flower. You can attach them to a hairclip, headband, or even to other crafts like a homemade picture frame or canvas tote bag! I chose to stitch mine to some stretchy headbands. 

The girls love them! We are busy making headbands for all of the little girls in our lives, so if you happen to be the parent of one of my nieces, keep the secret, please!! :-)

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