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