I don't know about all of you but I. Love. Flowers. If I'm ever looking at a layout, thinking that it needs just a lil' something, my go-to is flowers. I love this technique which Julie Koets has been so kind to share with us for this week's How To'sday. Not only would paper versions of these flowers be spectacular on a layout or card, but they are certainly the highlight of Julie's beautiful head bands.
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I love the texture and simplicity of felt flowers and decided to try my hand at making my own. I am making a headband for my beautiful niece and decided to create a few simple flowers to adorn it. All you need is some felt (I purchased mine at my local craft store for 25 cents a sheet), scissors, and a glue gun.
To make a "loopy" flower, I cut a strip of purple felt approximately 9 inches by 1.5 inches and ran a line of hot glue along one edge.
If you don't have a glue gun, you could use fabric glue, but I don't have the patience to wait for things to dry. After running your strip of glue, fold the felt in half, sealing the edges together.
Using a good pair of sharp scissors, make snips from the folded end every quarter of a inch, stopping a quarter inch from the bottom so as not to cut into the glued area.
Then start rolling the felt strip tightly, adding a drop of hot glue every couple inches to keep the felt wound tight. Secure the end using more hot glue.
Fluff out the loops of your finished flower, which is now perfect to add to a layout, a hairband, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can make the flower larger or smaller by adjusting the width and length of your felt strip. This finished flower turned out to be about 2 inches in diameter.
You can also make a similar fringed flower, using just a single layer strip of felt and making snips every quarter of an inch or less to make a "fringe". I used a strip of pink felt which measured approximately 9 inches by 1 inch.
Once fringes are cut along the entire length of felt, roll the felt into itself, securing with a drop of glue every so often as you go.
Fluff out your fringes and snip off the ends of any fringes that are sticking out too far.
Lastly, I made a rolled felt flower by cutting out a circle of felt 3 inches in diameter and cutting a loose spiral pattern into the felt.
Starting with the outer edge, start rolling the felt and secure it every so often with hot glue.
Finish it off by gluing the end (the center of the original spiral) to the base of the flower.
I glued all three of my flowers onto a fabric headband that I picked up at my craft store. I've also used these flowers on a shadowbox layout that I made for a friend and I think they'd look darling as a brooch by gluing or stitching a simple pin to the back.
I can't wait to see how pretty this looks on my beautiful niece! I tried to get one of my boys to model it for me, but seeing my camera in hand, they wisely refused. Instead, I had to use our favorite stuffed puppy to model my handiwork.
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Thank you so much Julie! I know my girls, as well as myself, will be eager to put this new technique to use.
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Have a great day!