I get asked about my girls’ hairclips and headbands on such a regular basis that I decided to share some how-to’s! This particular “flower” is my favorite to make because of its simplicity and flexibility. This tutorial will be the first in a series that I will be posting over the next couple of months.
First, let’s go over the few basic supplies:
needle and thread
hot glue gun
scrap of felt
whatever you want to attach the flower to (elastic for stretchy headband, hairclip, pin, etc…)
Now that we have all of that gathered up, let’s get started! First, you will want to rip your coordinating strips of fabric. These can vary in size depending on what you like. For this particular flower, my fabric strips were ripped in these sizes:
Blue – 22 in. x 2 in.
Yellow – 18 in. x 1.5 in.
Pink – 12 in. x 1 in.
Next, you will want to pick up that needle and thread. For this part, I usually just cut a piece of thread long enough to gather up the fabric. I recommend making it longer than the length of the fabric on your first try…let’s just say that dogs, kids, and needles don’t mix and sometimes they go flying out of your hand and shooting across the room with thread still in fabric IF you made it long enough….saving you a gathering re-do.
After you get the fabric strip all gathered up, pull it nice and tight, and try to pull the inner edge of the gathers to the backside of the fabric that way your flower will be flat on top. Next, just tie a few knots (5-6 to secure it really well) and you now have your first flower base! For this flower, you will do the same thing 2 more times for the other fabric strips. Then, grab our best friend, the trusty hot glue gun, and stack those guys on top of each other with a nice little glob of glue between each one and look what we have!
Now, the next few steps are really up to you and your imagination. I usually find a coordinating button that I like and glue that to the center. Be careful when doing this part because it can be easy to over-do the glue and burn a finger or make an icky mess. I made mine into a headband… so I found a piece of double-fold elastic from my stash and glued that on to the back. To make it look a little cleaner and prettier on the back, I recommend glueing on a piece of felt to cover the stitching area.
This flower can be used for headbands or hair clips, but it can also be great for embellishing clothes, handbags, home decor, and plenty more. It can be made any size or any number of layers, just play around with it and see what you come up with!