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Sunday, November 20, 2011

DIY Fabric Floral Headband

I've been feeling crafty lately. I think its because we're trying to sell the house so that means no redecorating and I guess that I must have some creative outlet. Thanks to Pinterest I got an idea to try and make fabric flower headbands for my 3 girls. These will also make great photography props! I found a tutorial on Pinterest but ended up doing it my own way. Here are the pictures before I give the instructions.

To start with I went to Wal-mart to buy fabric (pretty much the only place to pick from in Stephenville). I first, asked if I could buy less than a yard and the lady said I could buy 2 inches! I went to grab all the reels of satin fabric I wanted...lots of different colors. I think I got 1/4 of a yard of each and about 6 different colors all for under $4.

To start you need to cut your fabric in 1 inch strips and the length depends on how big you want the rose to be. I started with a 1 inch strip the whole width of the fabric and then started using half. The Pinterest tutorial said to use fabric glue but that ended up making my fingers so sticky I couldn't work fast enough so I started using thread. I began by tying the end of the strip in a knot and then begin to twist and wrap the fabric around the knot. I definitely did not perfect this step! Something like twist, wrap glue, stitch and repeat until you get to the end. You then take the piece of fabric left on the end and either sew or glue it to the back to hold everything together. I think the glue option probably holds everything together better in the long run.

Next, for my headbands I did groupings of three colors and sewed 3 or 4 pearls (that Brianna had handy in her craft cabinet) in the center of the rose. I used fabric headbands found at Hobby Lobby. I needed a circle of felt on which to hot glue the flowers. I found an object that looked to be the right size, traced, and cut. To figure out how big of a felt circle you need group your flowers together. You need the circle to be as big as possible without being bigger than the grouping (so it doesn't show). Okay, you need your hot glue gun ready for this...take the circle of felt and glue it to the underside of the headband (where you want your flowers to be). Press and let dry. Then turn it over and you will hot glue your three flowers to the top of the headband onto felt and headband. These should be super sturdy after they dry. Something about hot glue and fabric.You can also use these for a corsage. Just leave out the headband and glue the flowers directly onto the felt. When it dries glue a corsage pin to the back and presto!

Friday, November 11, 2011

2011 Christmas Cards

For those of you who are awaiting your Christmas pictures or had pictures done this year and need Christmas cards, I just purchased new 2011 templates. I also have some older templates I can show you if you let me know. Here are the new ones!

And, here are the Cowans. LOVE the wardrobe!!

And next, a couple of almost new baby boys...