Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fabric Hair Flower Tutorial

I just love these hair flowers for my daughters and myself!  Several months ago I had run across them on a blog, and have not been able to find it again...luckily they were easy enough for me to remember, so here I am showing all of you how to make them!

First, pick out 2 fabrics...I usually use leftovers from a project.  Then you will want to get a circle you can trace...I like to use my favorite shrek glasses I got a few years back!  They are 3½ inches in diameter.  Use a pencil and trace around whatever you are using.
For the bottom flower you will need 5 circles, and for the top flower you will need 3. 
Cut out all the circles.  
Fold each of them in half and press with your iron.
Cut each circle in half along the crease.  You will have lots of half circles like this:
Fold your half circles in half, right sides together, one at a time...

Sew together along the straight edge.  
Just keep sewing one after the other...
And when you are done you will have a long chain!  Next you will cut them all apart from eachother.
Turn each petal right side out, I use a skewer that I trimmed the point back on so it doesn't poke through my fabric.  Make sure to push the point out the best you can.

My kids think the petals look like barbie party hats.  If you sewed all 10 of the bottom flower petals you will have an extra only need 9 for the actual flower.  So they really do work as a hat!  Haha...ok, I'm a dork!
Next you need to thread a needle and begin sewing the petals together (I double over the thread to make it a bit stronger)!  Stitch along the bottom of the each petal...make sure you put the seam to one side of the petal and keep it on the same side for all the petals you sew.

For the bottom flower sew 9 petals, for the top flower sew 6.  Here is my bottom flower once I had all 9 on.  Next I will tie the ends together in a nice knot (don't pull too tight or your thread could snap...that is really frustrating, believe me!  So be careful).  Trim your strings.

Here are both of my flowers all sewn together.
Now I am going to glue them together to make a darling hair clip!

I have both of my flowers, an alligator clip (which I got at Sally beauty supply...a box of 100 for only $5), a small circle to cover the back, and a fabric button I covered to match.
Put a small line of hot glue across the back side of the circle.  Clip the alligator clip right onto the glue like so:  
You can't really tell, but that is the back side of the fabric facing up.  Cover it with hot glue now, and the top of the clip, and glue it to the back of your bottom flower.
Flip it over and put some hot glue in the center of the bottom flower and stick on the top one.  Glue on the button or whatever you want to use for the center of your flower and you are done!
Here are some others I have made:
You can do the fabrics however you want...On the top flower I used 3 different fabrics, and just alternated them on both layers.  I love how it turned out!  Have fun with it! :)

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  1. Thanks, so cute, I love it! Also, the princess Tiana hat is awesome. :)

  2. Those are awesome! You posted right before me at Skip to my Lou, which is awesome because I posted Fabric Flowers too.
    Aren't they so fun to make?
    I'll have to try your tutorial soon, I love how they are layered.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are adorable! Love the barbie hat ;)

  4. SOOOOO pretty, and a great tutorial! this is totally going into my to make file! And I'm really into large flowers in my hair! This will be perfect for my next hair clip! I just started a link party and I would LOVE it if you'd consider adding your crafts to it! I'm having flower headband giveaway as part of our first party too!