You will need a very lightweight synthetic material, I used the lining from an old bridesmaid dress. Why synthetic? So that it will melt when you singe the edges of the flower petals rather than burn. The lighter the fabric, the more it will curl when you singe around the petals. Thicker fabrics singe, but retain more of a flat shape and aren’t suitable for this type of flower. You won’t need more than 1/8 yard of fabric though, so if you’re not sure, just buy small amounts of a variety of synthetics. Once you’ve experimented a little at home, you’ll have a better idea which fabric to use in the future.
- 1/2″ wide strips of fabric in varying lengths (2 – 14″ long strips, 1 – 38″ long strip)
- flower trim – 2-3 pieces
- tulle – small piece
- felt for backing
- brooch pin
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
This week’s collection is luxurious and indulgent. It’s impractical and irresistable. Dark chocolate molded bunnies, a white silk toddler dress, chocolate cupcakes with white fondant decoration, brown eggs with love notes inside, white tulips . . . I love it. LOVE it.
Okay! This is the last of the Tea Party details and I’m getting anxious to show you some of the new things I’ve been working on, but since I know you want to make some of these hats just. for. fun., I’m sharing some close-ups and a little photo step-by-step. The supplies I used included: felt, tulle, pearls, feathers, silk flowers, flower ribbon, plain headbands, and some pieces off a feather boa. Basically, I just started with a piece of tulle and tied or fluffed it into something “big.” Then, holding it in my hand, I started grouping some flowers and/or feathers around it. When I thought I had a grouping I liked, I hot glued it into place on a small square of felt. Wearing the headband and looking in the mirror, I held the glued arrangement up and figured out the correct positioning on the headband. Then I ran back to the glue gun and glued it right in place onto the headband, covering the back with another piece of felt.
For Addie’s hat, I glued strips of flower ribbon onto a circle of felt, then glued elastic to the bottom, with the ends meeting in the center of the felt circle bottom, and then covered the elastic ends with a backing of felt. I knew she would never keep a headband on her head, and this method worked out perfectly.