I was in the market for a great hair accessory for my daughter, but I wasn’t willing to pay the going rate of $15-$20 each. All of the headbands that I seemed to like were made up of fabric flowers. So I decided to do a little research and attempt to make my own.
- fabric (I used scraps from previous projects. You could also hit the remnant bin at your local fabric store.)
- glue gun
- headband, barrette, pin backing (depending on what you want to use your fabric flowers for)
I made 2 different kinds of fabric flowers for my headband–the rosette and the “pouf”.
I started with a piece of fabric that was about 2 inches wide by 18 inches long.
I folded it in half and then folded it in half again so the it was about 1/2 inch by 18 inches.
Then I started rolling the fabric to form the bud in the center of the rosette.
Once I had made the bud, I started twisting the fabric as I wrapped it. This gives some texture, dimension, and color variation.
Every so often, I gave it a little shot of hot glue to secure the rosette. When the rosette is the desired size, fold the tail of the fabric under the rosette and glue to secure. Trim as needed.
You can adjust the size and thickness to your needs. I played with this quite a bit before I got the exact look that I was going for.
I started this one by cutting out a circle of felt that was the desired size. I then cut out 10-12 circles out of my fabric (tulle, in this case) that were the same size as my felt base.
I put a dot of glue in the center of the felt and then attached the first “petal”.
I formed the petal by folding the tulle in half and then tucking the edges in to form an hourglass (see photo).
I placed the point of the tulle in the glue. I repeated this 3 more times to cover the felt circle. I then added another dot of glue and repeated the process with another 4 petals, covering the seams of the first layer. You can continue this process until you have the desired fullness. The tulle naturally fluffed up, but if you are using a different fabric you may need to glue a final petal to stick up in the center.
Again, play with it until you get the look that you were going for.
NOTE: I burned my fingers quite a bit working with the tulle. Cotton might be an easier fabric to start out with.
I picked out a fabric that I wanted to use as the backdrop for my flowers. Then I cut it to the desired size. I then cut 2 pieces of felt to the same size as my fabric.
The felt is a little more stiff and will support the flowers. I glued my fabric to one of the pieces of felt. Then I glued the flowers onto the fabric. I then arranged the “headpiece” on the headband.
I sandwiched the headband between the 2 pieces of felt and glued them together. I trimmed everything up a bit until it looked how I wanted it.
NOTE: The pink flower with the rhinestone center was actually two shoe adornments that I glued together. You never know what you might find in your craft supplies! A similar look could be achieved by cutting out slightly different sized flowers and then layering then on top of each other, securing with hot glue. Add an embellishment in the center and you’re done!
I plan on trying out some more fabric flower making skills to make some pins. I think they would look great on a scarf or coat, and they would make great little holiday gifts!