Ever finish an outfit and look at it and go… this needs just a little *something?* We’ve got you covered with this month’s tutorial. AND It will help you use you up some scraps!
And either print out my little circle templates that are loaded in the Whimsical Fabric & Me Group under the files section, OR run to your kitchen and get some various sized round things:
Making the Headbands
And ta-da.. I’m ready or my first term at Hogwarts! Oh, you thought this was for my daughter?? Nope! Heehee
Then you are going to fold them in 1/2 and then 1/2 again so the form quarter circles, and align them so that the curved edges are toward the inside.
Now, we will start stitching them together. starting from the top stitch loose stitches across the curved edge, through all four layers, ending with the needle coming up from the bottom again... this may sound a little confusing, but you want the edges of each piece to point downward when you start to gather.
Repeat this process until you have all of the petals on the thread. Then pull tight to gather them into a circle. Tie a knot and cut off JUST the knot tail, leaving the needle tail attached. Then take the 6th circle and sew the loose gathering stitches about 1/2" in from the outside of the circle.
Now, you'll put one of the buttons on top of the poof, and stitch it in place, making sure to catch the edges of the flower on the bottom side, so you lock the center piece in place. If you have a really big button, you can almost forego the center piece, but it looks cute.
As you did with the last one, after a couple of stitches, you will then stitch through the button and the FOE, securing it to the FOE. Then flip it over, and trim off the excess of the center poof so it looks neat.
Take all 16 circles and fold them in half.
We are going to do like the previous flower, and gather along the curve edge of the folded circles, going through both layers, ensuring the ends of the pieces point downwards.
And we'll repeat the button sewing business and attaching to the FOE like we did on the last two headbands..
Then in 1/2 again.
And now we begin building out flower. Add each petal to the thread by threading through all layers of the bottom point of the flower.
Do this until all 16 petals are on the thread.
And now you've got a poofy flower! Take a couple moments to fluff your flower and arrange the petals so they look even and nice. And then you are ready to attach it.
Here is where your tiny button comes in. The knit flower is a little heavy, and knits stretch. So if you just sew it right to your fabric, it will pull the fabric it is attached to.
So on the back side of the fabric you are attaching your flower to, sew the stitches through the tiny button. This will keep the flower from distorting your garment.
Keep Calm and Carrion