Wednesday, 4 May 2011
I've got a brand new flower-themed tutorial planned for later this month but in the meantime I thought you might enjoy this project to make a felt flower hairband, which I designed last year. The tutorial originally appeared in issue 5 of Cloth Magazine, a fab quarterly sewing magazine.
To make the hairband you will need:
- Plum and burgundy felt (or any two co-ordinating shades of your choosing, one light and one dark). I used 100% wool felt to make the hairband shown in the photos, but any craft felt will be suitable.
- Purple yarn and seed beads (to match the lighter felt)
- Green felt
- Matching sewing threads
- An elastic “bando” style hairband
- Scissors, pins, and two sewing needles (one large, one small)
- Pattern pieces, which can be found at the bottom of this post
1) Using the pattern pieces provided cut out one large leaf shape and two small circles from the green felt, plus two flower shapes from the dark burgundy felt.
If the felt you're using is thin or very soft, you may want to cut two leaf shapes instead of one, and sew them together using running stitch or whip stitch and matching green thread. This will prevent the leaves from flopping.
2) Pin one of the burgundy flower shapes to the light plum felt and carefully cut around it, cutting out a slightly larger shape to create a decorative light edging to the dark petals. Repeat this with the second burgundy shape, making four flower shapes in total.
3) Arrange the flower shapes on top of each other so you’re happy with them and make a “sandwich” of the flower pieces and one of the green circles with the large leaf shape in the middle. Use a few small stitches in the centre of the flower to secure all these together.
4) Thread a large, sharp needle with a length of yarn and knot it at one end. Starting from the back (the centre of the green circle) sew a starburst of stitches to decorate the flower. Sew two stitches per petal and one short stitch in between, varying the stitch lengths for a more natural look and making sure that all your stitches stay within the circumference of the backing circle.
5) Now thread a standard sewing needle with a double thickness of burgundy thread and sew a cluster of seed beads into the centre of the flower. Using one stitch per bead sew one bead in the centre and two circles of beads around it.
6) Re-thread your needle with green thread and sew your elastic hairband securely onto the green circle at the back of your flower.
7) Finally, place the second green circle on top of the first (hiding all your stitches in the middle) and use a whip stitch to sew the edges of the circles together.
You could make one of these to match all your favourite dresses, or to match a special outfit. I think it would be a lovely accessory for bridesmaids at a summer wedding.
Here are the pattern pieces for this project - click on the image to view it, then click again to view at full size and print out. If you print at 100% your flower will be the same size as mine.
This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many hairbands as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial or the templates on your site. Thanks!
Want to make felt flowers to sell at craft fairs or in your Etsy shop? A PDF version of this tutorial is now available for sale for just £3.50. Easy to print (on A4 paper), buying the PDF allows you to sell as many flowers as you like as long as you make them by hand yourself (no mass manufacturing) and credit me as the designer on the label or in the shop listing. You can also use the templates to teach a sewing class if you want to. The Felt Flower Headband PDF Pattern is now available from my website and from my Etsy shop.