Thursday, December 2, 2010

Finally... A Flower Tutorial

Today I bring to you the long awaited flower tutorial, for the flowers featured in this post. These flowers were inspired by the fabulous Betsy Veldman and her gorgeous creations here. Today I'll share with you how I made mine and turned them into cute hair ties. A couple months ago my son was invited to a birthday party for a friend from his preschool class. These are what I made as the gift...These flowers can be created from either fabric or felt. Here's what you need to get started...
When using felt, die cut four flowers and leaves from the colors of your choice. If using fabric, die cut four or more flowers (the more flowers you use the fuller the finished flower will be). You will also need: thread/embroidery floss, needle, a hot glue gun and hair rubber bands.
Fold the a flower in half, then fold in half a second time, stitch embroidery floss through the base of the folds.
Repeat the steps above. Here's a Note: When threading the folded flowers onto the needle, I alternate the direction of the folds (if you look closely at each flower in the photo above you can get a better idea of what I am talking about).
Pull the embroidery floss through the felt and tie ends together tightly.
Flatten out the back side of the flower and hot glue leaves into place.
Die cut a felt circle and attach with hot glue to cover the leaves and create a clean/flat surface. Here's a Note: Use the same felt backing on fabric flowers as well, it makes for a nice solid base.
At this point you can either attach a pin to the backside (like in this post) to create a broach or jewelry accessory. Or follow the steps below...
Cut a small rectangle of felt, hot glue one end to the flower and let it cool. Place a rubber band under the rectangle and attached the other end with more hot glue.For this yellow flower, I simply flattened the center and stitch a button into the center.
For this star hair tie... die cut a small and large star from colored felt of your choice and stitch together with a button.
For the backside I die cut a second large star, trimmed off a couple ends and then attached over the rubber band.
Here's a Note: When using fabric for your flowers, why not mix and match patterns and colors. The blue flower, pictured above, was created by folding and stitching together solid and pattern fabrics together.

To display these pretties... cut a strip of cardstock, punch notches using a hole punch on either side (being careful to line them up) and then slid the rubber bands over and into the notches.

Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope you found this post helpful.


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  1. Maile -

    These are esquisite! I love them! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

    Elaine Allen

  2. You really do take my breath away with your creations.

  3. These are fabulous. Thanks for sharing the how-to information!

  4. These are SO beautiful! I especially love the pink flower! Thanks for all the details!

  5. So Pretty, Mailie! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  6. These are just wonderful Maile!!! Can't wait to try them out myself!

  7. I love the pink one! Thanks for the brief tutorial.

  8. Thanks for this, Maile! I think I may make some for my sweet niece!

  9. OMG, I love these - filing them away for future use! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  10. beautiful hair tides. thanks for the tutorial!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this tut Maile. I bought some headbands for my girls for Christmas to embellish and was wondering how these flowers were made. Plus, I have a party for a 4 yr old next week and this would be a perfect gift! You rock!

  12. Hi Maile

    What a great tutorial those felt flowers are adorable and could be used on so many projects -thanks for sharing it with us!


  13. These are too cute!
    You are sooo creative, Maile! :)

  14. These are just too awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial...I may work up the nerve to give them a try!

  15. this is fabulous!!!! thanks for doing the tutorial!!

  16. Oh my gosh I love these!!! So super cute! Are you going to be selling them?? You should totally set up an Etsy store and sell them! I would love to buy the flower ones!! :-)

  17. Sooo cute! I've been wanting to make felt flower brooches, but wasn't quite sure how to do it. So this tutorial is perfect. Do you have a tutorial on how to attach the pin for a brooch? The link in this post didn't seem to take me there. Thanks!

  18. Super cute, Maile! I LOVE these!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  19. Wow just saw this post today on making the flowers from felt for hair ties or pins! Love it and I just ordered these dies so I can't wait to try it! So fun! Your blog is full of crafty goodness! TFS!