My 3.5 year old is very into being fancy. Fancy shoes, fancy dresses, fancy nails you name it. Mornings usually start out with her asking me 'do I look fancy' or 'I'm not wearing that. It's not fancy enough'. People who know me know I'm not one for makeup, manicures or bling but she's caught the fancy bug. Whether it's her peers or books like Fancy Nancy my daughter likes all things that glitter, shine or make a statement. This would include hair accessories. For a little 3.5 year old she loves BIG bows. The more room it takes up on her head the better. Instead of buying her bows at $6 a pop, I've taken on the hobby of making them. It's actually been a lot of fun for us. I take her to the store and she can help pick out fabric, flowers or ribbon. Lately, I was wanting to broaden my hair accessory portfolio :) and came upon the next 'pin'. The blogger warned that making these flowers would be addictive....she was right I've made them with every material and can't stop. The look so expensive and are very cheap to make.
hot glue gun
felt circle for a base (a 2" or 3" will work)
hair clips, headbands, or pins
1. Using a circular object (I used a wine glass base) trace the circle onto a heavy paper stock for your pattern. Choose a circle that is the same size that you want your finished flower to be.
2. Trace the circle on your fabric. Be creative with the fabric used. I used my husbands old dress shirts, the new felt I made and a basic cotton print I had from an old craft. I learned the hard way and traced with pen which showed up. Use a pencil instead to trace.
|TIP: I use my husbands old dress shirts for fabric instead of throwing them out.|
3. Use your pattern to cut 7 circles of your desired fabric.
4. Fold your circles in half, then in half again.
5. Snip off the tips of 4 of the circles.
6. Hot glue four of the folded circles to the felt piece. They should fit together snugly, with a small open square in the center.
7. Fold, snip and glue the last three in the center of the flower.
8. Now it's time to get creative. Glue the flower poufs onto headbands, hair clips or pins. Add a button, bead or broach to the center or leave it as is.
I've attached images of some of the one's I've done the past couple of days both for my daughter and I.
|Made from a sweater I felted|
|Also made from a sweater I felted!|