Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tutorials: Flower Headbands Made with Fabric and Dies

With an "Anything Goes" theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, I decided to make some snazzy floral headbands (great for babies and kids) using fabric and some floral dies.

I like a more delicate headband style, so the bands are all made with 5mm elastic that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  The flowers on the teal headband were cut with an Original Sizzix die I've had forever called, Flower Layers by Emily Humble.  You can still find it online here and there.  The pink one is made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and the orange one is made with the Sizzix 3D Flowers die.

The process is the same for all of the bands.  I started with some fabric scraps, which I cut into flower shapes using my Sizzix Big Shot and dies.  The trick to getting the dies to cut through fabric is to throw in an extra "layer" in your die sandwich.  I included a sheet of cardstock on top of my top layer to give it more tightness and ensure a clean cut.  My die sandwich went as follows: bottom cutting plate, die, fabric, top cutting plate, piece of cardstock.


I cut out a few flowers in different fabrics and arranged them in a clustered row.  One note of caution is that if you use cotton fabric like I did, there's nothing to keep the edges of the flowers from potentially fraying a bit over time.  This doesn't bother me since I like that type of look, but be sure to use felt or some other non-fraying fabric if you like a cleaner style.


I wanted some of the flowers to have a bit of dimension, so I got out my Prima Esplanade flowers, which come white, and sponged some Spun Sugar Distress Ink onto the petals' edges.


I also quite enjoy tulle, so I pinched together a bit of it and cut a hole in it using the Crop-A-Dile.  I threaded a brad through the tulle and stuck it through my Prima flower.


Now that I had all my components, I glued them together (fabric flowers to each other where they overlap, then the Prima flower with the brad on top).  I used a glue gun to make life easy.  Next, I flipped my flower grouping over, cut a piece of white felt, and hot glued it to the back of my flower grouping to give it more stability and structure.


I prepared my elastic by cutting it to the right length (around 17 inches to allow for a bit of overlap and to ensure it wouldn't be too tight), and then sewed it together.  The elastic comes in different colors and I used pink elastic for this headband.


I put my flower cluster on the bottom, then glued my elastic to it, then glued another piece of felt on top to cover where I'd stitched the elastic together.  It would be more sturdy if I'd sewed the whole thing together, but I've never had any problems with the hot glue not holding up.


I flipped it back over and wah-la!  Instant cute headband!  


Here's a picture of the teal one being modeled by the cutest little person in the history of ever (in my totally unbiased opinion, of course).  And thanks to my amazing photographer friend, Amy, for this fabulous pic:


Here are the supplies I used for my headbands, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:




It is indeed "Anything Goes" week, so there's no reason not to throw your hat in the ring!  Upload a picture of your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you'll be automatically entered in the weekly drawing for a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!
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20 comments:

  1. These are so cute and so very pretty, Andrea ... and what a darling little girl, she's beautiful! Anita :)

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  2. Absolutely stunning, love that little cutie, too! Valerie

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  3. I love your hair bands and the cutie modelling them is perfect cute and sweet too! Clever idea, thanks for sharing how you created them too Karen x

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  4. Your posts are always so much fun--is there no limit to your imagination? Photo of babe has me smiling, such a serious but sophisticated pose from this lovely little lady. Is she contemplating what shoes to wear?

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  5. Great idea to do the multi-colored headbands! Your "model" really made them over the top cute!! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  6. I myself am a fan of headbands and I wish there would have been more around when my (bald) daughter was a baby! These are adorable and a great tutorial too! BTW, thanks for the AWESOME comment you left on my blog! Super appreciated!

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  7. Ohhh! So cute! I have a new baby niece and another on the way.......:)

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  8. Such a brilliant idea and beautiful headband! Super cute! :)

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  9. She is so, so cute I could just eat her up!! I remember when Phoebe and Max had squishy, little legs, seems like so long ago....(they are 10yrs and 8yrs now). Love the headband, so pretty and must be comfortable and she looks like she loves wearing them. The teal is fabulous too! I actually popped over to thank you very much for the lovely comments you left on my entry for the SSS Monday challenge (my blog is called Twine Around). You said such lovely things about my colouring skills, it gave me a much needed confidence boost. In fact I might even take a chance and apply to the DT call...eeek! So thank you for giving me a gentle push!

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  10. First of all your model is just adorable and I love the look on her cute little face!! :)

    As for your headband ~ it's another original, wonderful piece of art and as with all your work, it's so very clever! I absolutely adore them Andrea... :)

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  11. So cute!! And your headbands are wonderful. What a great idea for a project. Love the flowers.

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  12. These headbands are so sweet and the model is gorgeous! Love how cute she looks with the headband!

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  13. A beautiful way to crown a little princess! When I saw this post instinctively smiled, because it is so beautiful and sweet.
    Regards,
    Bozen

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  14. This is so pretty and clever, Andrea! Love the cute picture of your model! She looks amazing with that headband! Hugs, Sandra

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  15. I want this for my little girl!!! beautiful and clever! barbarayaya

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  16. The headband and the baby are each a masterpiece. Excellent work on both!

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  17. Adorable headbands - and a beautiful model!
    Alison xx

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  18. this is so cute! no that a difficult to make but really awesome idea! thanks for posting my dear! compliments from http://www.alwaysunderpay.com/

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