14 Mar 2011, 11:14pm
$10 Cost Felt Tutorials
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Rose Headband Tutorial

Remember the cute little flowers I made for a headband a while back?  I hope so, because it was only 4 posts or so back!  Anyway, I had this idea forming in my mind ever since I made those and I finally decided to give it a whirl.  I made a giant felt rose to clip onto a headband.

I had gone to Walmart and found some really cool felt.  I typically shy away from Walmart, but this felt screamed “buy me!” so I did.  And the cool thing, it’s recycled from old plastic bottles!

I’m not going to do the entire tutorial again, just tell you how to make the rose and clip.  For more details, click here.

Depending on desired size of rose, cut felt strip.  I made a large one this time so I cut my strips at about 1 inches wide.  I ended up cutting three of these.

Cut semi-circles.  Either free hand, or if you’re design challenged like I am, use a template…I made mine in Photoshop.  It was way more work than I needed to put in because, let’s face it, I could have used a bottle cap and just traced as I went…wow…why didn’t I think of that at the time!

Cut slits in between each of the semi-circles.  Leave about 1/4-1/2 inch of uncut felt.

Now roll!  Don’t forget to hot glue along the way.  Especially when you transition from one piece of felt to the next.

This is the tricky part.  You want to have left the rolling somewhat loose, because now you need to peel back each “petal”.  My rose was a tad tight, and I have had to keep peeling the petals back every now and then, but roses aren’t perfect, so mine fits right in!

I also took one of these nifty clips that I found at Walmart, covered part of it with felt (as shown) (totally not necessary!), and glued it to the back of the rose.  This way, I can change what I clip it to.  Very versatile!

Finished product on the sweetest head I know!

Now, you do not have to use this for a baby craft.  I just can’t pull the look off like she can!

Cost:  Pack of 12 felt – $3.95
Pack of clips – $3.00

Total:                                  $6.95

Obviously, per rose is cheaper, but this is the overall supply cost assuming you don’t already have felt.

8 Feb 2011, 8:59pm
Felt Tutorials
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Mini Flower Headband

Recently I came across a cute tutorial through homemadebyjill for a cute, easy, and cheap little girl headband.  She had found the tutorial here at I am Momma – Hear Me Roar.  It was originally a grown up girl project, but Jill made it into a headband, and I have taken it one step  further.  It was really cute as a giant flower, but even more adorable as a cluster of small flowers!  I am going to attempt to show you how to make the mini flower headband here!

Step 1:  Gather your supplies.  I believe I show all of the necessary items.

You need: 2 or more (or less) felt colors for flowers, 1 piece of green felt for leaves, 1 headband, scissors, pinking sheers, a ruler, a hot glue gun.

Step 2) Cut out your felt!

Here I have cut three strips of my felt, one side with pinking sheers, about 3/4 inches wide and the full length of the fabric.  I bought my felt at Hobby Lobby in the kid’s craft section.  It was 4 for $1…can’t get much cheaper than that!  I also cut out a rectangle about 3 inches by um…2?  I kind of eyeballed it.  You want it to be big enough for everything to be glued to.  You can see that at first I made three lavender strips which I later corrected with one pink.  Also, eyeballed five little leaves but you could easily print out a photo or use a template if you have one.

Step 3) Cut notches all along your felt.

In between each and every “peak”, you need to make a slit.  Leave about 1/4 inch or so at the bottom.  Repeat with other two strips.

Step 4) Roll your strips.

I forgot to take a photo of this step…Basically, you start rolling from one end to the other, hot gluing every 3 inches (on the non cut end) to secure the roll.  Only a little glue is necessary.  Once finished, set aside and roll the other two.  I am sorry I forgot to show this but the end photos show what they should look like!

Step 5) Begin assembly!

Glue your leaves on in any pattern you wish.  I cut slits in the bottom of the leaves as I am Momma – Hear Me Roar suggested.  Don’t worry, you are going to trim the purple felt so just make sure to put the leaves a little inside the border so that the flowers with cover the ends.

Step 6) Arrange the flowers and trim excess felt.

This is a bottom shot after I arranged the flowers and trimmed the bottom.  The bottom doesn’t have to be pretty, just trim as close to the flowers and leaves as you dare!

Step 7) Finishing touches.

At this point, you are basically finished.  If you want to attach it to a cute outfit, or bag, just stitch it on, or pin it.  You could also attach a clip to the bottom so that it is easily removable from whatever headband you choose.  I hot glued it to a black headband and realized that it matches the Easter dress I just bought for my 6 month old girl!

That’s all there is to it!  Enjoy!

Felt: 4 for $1, Headband – $1.49….total project cost – $2.49 (felt can be used for more than one headband which will cut down on cost!)

Oh, here is a photo of the single, giant flower version!