A Hairclip for Daughter ... but Maybe Mommy Will Borrow it!
After seeing all of these beautiful tulle/lace/organza flowers out there, I knew it was fate wanting me to make some when I found in the clearance scrap bin at Hobby Lobby none other than tulle, organza, and silver silk material. Really?? $5.93 later, and I was walking out of the store one happy and excited future flower maker!
Now, if you've read my posts before, you know I love to make fabric flowers:
Yes, you could call me a flower fool! I love flowers as accessories. So Friday night with the kids in bed and the hubster out with his friends, I settled back on the couch with my glue gun heating up, my sewing machine on, and some Lifetime television on in the background.
I don't have pictures of these steps. I was too excited to start. Sorry! First, I cut my circles. Three different sizes from each of the three materials: tulle, silky, and organza. I used a small bowl for the biggest, a cup for the middle one, and my camera lens cover for the smaller ones. I didn't cut perfect circles, but instead a slightly wavy edge to give them a messy look.
Once the circles were cut, I seared the edges with a candle flame. You don't want to burn the edges, so don't put it into the flame. Just near. The heat will sear the edges so they don't fray. I did this on all the pieces.
Then I did two different styles. The first was to layer some of the circles (I just picked randomly pieces from the different piles and pieced them together. I also had one layer of white felt that I cut a small circle of for the backing, which I could then glue clips to.
For this first style, I sewed the pieces together, messily, two pieces at a time. So the back two pieces I stitched together. Then I picked two more, and sewed those onto that back layer, and so on until 8 pieces were sewn on (only one piece of silk though, to give it some color).
Then I hot glued on 3 pearls.
The next one, I glued all of the 8 pieces together with just a dab of hot glue in the middle of each layer, gluing the first (back) layer to the piece of felt. Then, I put hot glue in the middle of the top layer and placed on a vintage button I had, and sort of wrinkled up the middle to make the flower look a little wavy. No sewing on this one.
The finished product:
And these were pretty big. Like, too big for my head big. Cute for a little girls hat, but definitely too big for my head! I looked like a moron, and no, I'm not posting that picture, lol! But it did look nice on shirts:
And, I also made two smaller ones that weren't as big as my daughter's head, lol, and put them on a headband I had. I LOVE it. So much fun to make. I can see myself making a zillion more with different fabric middles. Oooh, thought: I bought a stick wreath at a garage sale for a quarter this weekend! I think I'm going to make these as the decoration for it! (it was bare)
Guess I know what my next post will be!
Here are these beautiful flowers at play. I love her range of emotions in a 30 second time span. And yes, again, there are cookies on her face. I admit it: 90% of the time I have to resort to bribery to keep ANYTHING on her head/in her hair. I'm lucky I even got pictures, lol!