Monday, March 7, 2011

Felt Flower Headband tutorial

This is my first tutorial.  And while it is for something super simple, it still makes me happy!  When I decided to make these, I thought I would use them for myself and for the girl.  However, the headbands are too thin for the girl, she'll break them in an instant.  So, I have them all to myself.  I think I might make her some clips, but until then,  they're all MINE!  HA!

Okay, I'm done.

Like I said, they are super simple.  All you need is:

scrap paper
felt, in various colors
a headband, or two or three or a million
hot glue, any crafters best friend
a button, the size depends on the size of your flower

First things first, you need to make a template.  Well, if you're like me, you need to make a template.  But if you're good with freehand cutting, feel free to just start cutting.  The templates are for the leaves and the petals.  I made one size for the leaves and two sizes for the petals (one slightly larger than the other).  This is just how I did it, but you know you can just make them whatever size you feel comfortable with.

Next, choose your felt.  I tried to stay traditional with the leaves being green and I like to use two of them.  With the flower, I chose two different colors for the petals and cut five from each.  You'll also need a small circle for the middle of your flower and two larger circles to 1) attach the flower to and 2) attach it to the headband.

Now, you'll arrange your petals and leaves on one of the larger felt circles.  Once you've figured out the placing, go ahead and start glueing.  Start with the leaves, then add the larger petals to those, and lastly the small petals.  I then go through it and glue down any flappy parts, just to make sure it is secure. 

This is when you get to pick out your button.  I like to glue the little circle on first then I try out different buttons (varying sizes and color).  Once you find something you like, glue that baby on.

And there is your flower.  Isn't it pretty?  But remember, it could be so much be more.  Choose your headband.  I got a pack of them from Walmart.  They're shiny and make me happy.  You'll need to decide where on the headband you'd like your flower.  I try to put them a little on the side.  When you have it figured out, put a small bead of glue on the headband and attach the flower.  Next, glue like crazy on the bottom of the flower's felt circle and attach the other circle.  This will secure it to the headband with zero chance of it falling off.  (Okay, I don't know about "zero chance", but it's pretty darn secure)

All that's left is to pull off all the stringy glue that likes to hang around and Voila!  You have your very own felt headband.  Isn't it beautiful?!  And you can make these flowers and stick them to just about anything.  Make hair clips, attach them to pins and make a broach, sew them to your shirt for a cute little embellishment.  The possibilities are endless.  You can also use some embroidery floss to embellish the flower.  I would show you that, but I can't find the needle I use. . .that could totally be a problem.

So, that is the felt flower headband tutorial.  Thanks for reading it and I'd love to see what you make.

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