Felt and Fabric Flower Power!

I went a little crazy making fabric flowers for Emmeline’s hair just before her birthday photoshoot.  Pinterest sucked me in and there are so many great tutorials pinned on there.   I also love little hand-work  projects I can do on the couch in one evening.  It’s so relaxing and satisfying to actually be able to finish something quickly, since I am used to taking weeks on a quilt.

All you need to make these flowers is a little ribbon, felt or scrap fabric, and a hair pin, or headband.  Emmeline is now stylin’.  If I could pull off wearing big, jaunty, fabric flowers in my hair, I would so be stealing them!

I made this floral headband using a tutorial from Kelly of  “Sewing In No Mans Land”:

Here is Emmeline modeling her headband:

flower headband
Photo by Kellie Delario Photography.

Kelly is CRAZY talented.  Not only is she an amazing designer/sewer/crafter/knitter, but her photography is gorgeous!  (Yes, I have a small girl-crush.)

The only change I made to the headband tutorial was that I hand-sewed everything instead of hot-gluing.  Honestly, it was because I didn’t feel like going through mounds of dusty moving boxes in my garage to find my glue gun.

I had a blast making that headband, so I made ANOTHER one in teal and cream:

The next hairpiece I made was a GIANT silk ribbon flower:

I used a tutorial from “Make It Do” and the secret is using wired ribbon.  This flower proved to be a little (ok, a lot) frustrating, because my original ribbon choice didn’t want to gather up.  Once I chose a different ribbon, it was very easy.

Here is the back.  I used a small hair clip to attach the flower to a headband, since Emmeline’s hair is too smooth and delicate to hold a heavy flower.

 Emmeline modeling her flower and a demure pout during her photo shoot:

Ribbon Flower
Photo by Kellie Delario Photography.

I also made two smaller flowers, in case I chickened-out and decided not to use the larger ones for her photo shoot.

The first was a twisted fabric rose. It’s one of the flowers in the very first headband above, so you can use the same tutorial.

Photo by Kellie Delario Photography.

The second was a really simple raw-edged fabric flower.  I lost it in a field during the photo shoot, so this is all you get (if you click on the photo, you can see it larger):

fabric flower
Photo by Kellie Delario Photography.

Trust me, it was REALLY cute and I loved the texture that the raw-edge gives.  You can find a tutorial at “The Ribbon Retreat”.  I hand-sewed both flowers, instead of hot-gluing and then they were each sewn to tiny baby hair-clips.

The best thing about making hair accessories:

Emmeline can wear them for years without outgrowing them!

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I’m linking up with Pin it! Sew it! over at “Pile O’ Fabric”

Pile O Fabric
Check out my “Pin it! Sew it!” board and my “Pin it! Sew it! I did it!” board on Pinterest.

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