Hair Band – Fabric Flower

Hair Band – Fabric Flower

These headbands are so easy to make and so cute for any age! Depending on your choice of fabric and embellishments, they could be worn for any occasion whether it be super casual or for a night on the town.

What you need

Heabands
Fabric
Glue Gun
Needle and Thread
Embellishments

Instructions

For the headband part, I purchased these at the local dollar store and they were only $1 for a package of 5!  So on top of being cute and easy to make, they are very inexpensive.

One of the fun parts is choosing fabric and embellishments to match your headbands.  Here are a few that I came up with:
 
 The first step is to cut a strip of fabric to use for the flower.  The length and width of the strip is optional and will depend on how big you want your flower to be.  On this headband, I folded the strip in half so there is a “finished” edge on the flower.
You could cut a thinner strip and not fold it to achieve a raw frayed edge on your flower if that’s the look you’re going for.
Take your needle and thread and do a quick running stitch along the edge of the fabric.
When you get to the end start gathering the fabric to create your flower.  You have to experiment with this part, because your flower will look different depending on how tight you gather it.  Just play with it until you like it!  (Leave your needle and thread hanging for the next step!)
After you get your flower to your liking, just hold it in place and use your needle and thread to stitch it together.  Just a few stitches in the center to hold it all in place.
This is what it looks like from the front and back:
Add your embellishments.  I just added a button on this one, but the sky’s the limit!  Be creative!
Use the glue gun to attach your flower to the headband.  On these headbands, there was a little metal piece that I wanted to cover, so I took a small piece of the flower fabric and glued it right over the metal to hide it.
All done!



What you need

2.25” x 16” scrap of any thin, flowing material such as silk or organdy
Needle and thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Scissors
Adjustable ring base with large glue pad
E-6000 glue or similar
Iron
Safety pin to turn tube

Instructions

This Jewelry Making tutorial shows you how to make a rosette ring. 
 
Cut a 2 1/4” x 16” strip of a thin, flowing fabric such as silk. 
  
 
 
Make a tube by folding the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. 
 
 
 
 
Sew down the long side, staying  ¼” from raw edges. 
 
Trim threads close to the fabric.
This is what you should have so far: 
 
  
 
Use a large safety pin to turn the tube inside out:
Push the point of the pin through the fabric from INSIDE the tube
 and fasten the pin. Be sure to only catch ONE layer. 
 
 
 
Push the bottom end of the pin through the tube. 
 
 
 
Scrunch the fabric until the end of the pin is visible.
 
 
 
Hold the pin firmly in one hand while pinching and pulling
the fabric away from the pin with the other. 
 
 
 
Keep pulling until the tube is turned inside out. Remove the safety pin. 
 
 
 
 
Cut off 4” from the end with the raw edge (the one that you didn’t turn under). 
 
 
 
 
Tie a knot in the middle of the short tube to make the center and temporary “stem” of your flower. 
 
 
At this point, so that it will be easy to see what to do during the construction of the rosette, the photos will show a flower being made with different-colored fabrics. 
The center (made from the short piece) is red. 
The longer yellow piece will become the ruffle that forms the rose.
I’m using black thread so you can see it easily, but you should use matching thread.
 
 
Thread a needle with doubled matching thread, and sew around the “stem” several times to define the knot. Put aside. 
 
        
 
*Set the longest straight stitch on your machine.
 
 
 
Press the long tube. The seam should be along one edge. 
Stitch at 1/4" from the sewn edge. Leave long tails of thread for pulling. 
 
       
 
Insert a pin on one end of the tube. 
Wrap the long tails of thread on that end around the pin several times so they’re secure.
 
 
 
Pull one of the long threads from the end without the pin.
 
 
 
Slide the fabric along the thread as you’re pulling to gather it up toward the pin end. 
 
 
 You can use your fingers to move the ruffled fabric toward the pin at the other end.
 Pull the thread very gently (so it doesn’t break!) and keep sliding until the entire length of fabric is ruffled. It will twist, but that’s okay. 
 
 
 
 
Beginning at the end you turned under, wrap the gathered strip around the knot one time.  Stitch in place. Be careful not to put stitches down on the “stem,” since you will cut it off shortly. 
 
 
 
 
Continue winding and stitching the gathered fabric around the flower, adjusting gathers as needed, until you get close to the unfinished edge. 
 
 
With the point of your scissors, tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the tube to make a neat fold.
 
     
 
Stitch closed the edge you just made, 
then continue to stitch the flower to the stem.  
Tie off and knot your thread, being sure to hide the knot. 
 
           
 
Trim the stem as closely to the flower as possible, 
being careful not to cut any part of the flower itself. 
       
 
   
 
Apply your glue (I used E-6000) to the raw edges of fabric where you just cut the stem off. 
 
 
 
Attach the rosette to the ring base.  
Press the base onto the rosette to work the glue down into the fabric.
Make sure the base is on straight. 
 
 
 
 
Place your flower ring upside down somewhere it can stay undisturbed overnight.
    
 
The glue is cured after 24 hours and your ring is ready to wear! 
 
       
 
Alternate center idea: Instead of a knot, fold the 4” section over and sew the rosette on around it. Glue a gem or sew a button in the center.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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