The girls are really into hair accessories these days and are especially loving headbands, which really, makes getting out the door every morning a thousand times easier. Definitely better than the “braids, please” and “me, too, me, three” phase!
So, if you’ve got a headband fan in your life, stick around for the how-to on this super cute accessory! Not a headband fan? This gorgeous frayed flower will work just as well in any number of other ways.
Let’s start with the flower! You’ll need a piece of fabric, hot glue, and a small piece of felt. Cut the fabric approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and as long as you wish. For my flower, I cut the length from selvage edge to selvage edge on my fabric (so, approx. 45 inches long).
1. Cut your strip and fold in half lengthwise; press in place if you wish.
2. Sew a gathering stich down the length of the fabric close to the FOLDED edge. Alternately, if you do not want the frayed effect, you can stitch along the open edge, however, you will get a very different look to your finished flower.
3. Pull your bobbin threads to gather the entire length of fabric (gather fairly tight).
4. Next, press your ruffled strip. This will make it easier to work with and define your ruffles.
5. Starting at one end, just start rolling your strip on top of itself. Add dabs of hot glue as you roll to hold the spiral in place. go easy on the glue. You want enough glue to hold the flower, but you still want to be able to shape the flower when you’re done.
6. This is what the back of the flower looks like as you’re rolling it.
Okay, so your flower is all rolled up. Gorgeous! Now cut a circle of felt to fit on the back.
Glue it down! Start by gluing down the middle. Then work your way around the felt, gluing that bottom ruffle of the flower down all the way around.
Now, you can use the flower however you’d like! You could turn it into a brooch like I did with this cute blue pillowcase dress.
Or…you can turn it into a headband in a snap. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
Basically, you will wrap up your headband by winding and gluing your strip of fabric. First, glue a small piece of fabric to cap off each end of the headband.
Then, glue the end of the fabric strip onto the inside of the headband, as close to the bottom as possible so that when you begin wrapping, you’ll cover the small fabric “cap.” Start wrapping the strip around and around the headband, pulling it tight and gluing along the way. I didn’t glue every wrap, just every few.
That’s it! Now take your pretty flower and hot glue it right onto your headband where you’d like it.
You can add another piece of felt from the back so that the headband is sandwiched between the back of the flower and the second piece of felt. I didn’t do that here, but that’s just ’cause I was too anxious to get on to the next project. So many accessories, so little time!!
Comments & Reviews
amy magda says
So pretty! Thanks for the tute!
Brooke Douglass says
Love it!!!! Brooke
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Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life says
These are beautiful. What kind of glue did you use?
Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista says
Lovely!! I shall try it, thanks for sharing!!!
The Girl Creative says
I’m making some of these right now. 🙂 My first project in what feels like months. I made one already and it came out super cute. Now I’m on my second one. Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial. I “discovered” this post on stumble upon so hopefully it will drive some traffic to your amazing blog. 🙂 xoxo Oh….and I made one of your party hats for my niece’s first birthday in December and it was a hit. 🙂
What a great project- can’t wait to try this myself… thank you for the tutorial!
Thanks for the great tutorial…i have made these kind of flowers but sewn all onto the felt…must try with hot glue…see ya soon
Pretty In Pink Parties says
I’m trying these now but can’t seem to get them flat enough after I rolls them. What is the trick to getting them flatter so when you glue them to head band they don’t stand up?
Creative Escapes says
I love this – it is adorable I need to make a few for my girls.
Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial.
Omg! Is amazing!! Thanks a lot for the tutorial!!
Virginia Celoria says
Great tutorial! Plus, I can think of a ton of uses for the rosette. I included it in my roundup of fabulous and free headband tutorials and you can check it out here: http://darlingadventures.com/?p=470
This is such a beautiful project. What kind of fabric did you use in your pictures?
I was also wondering what type of fabric you used and how much?