|This one's all for me!|
April showers bring May flowers. That's the old nursery rhyme and this week's Iron Craft challenge. We were to do something to do with flowers. I made a flower headband using my husband's silk pajamas (with his permission, of course) and my daughter's headband. She wasn't using it anyway. Please don't tell on me.
- Silk strips - one 1.5"x20" strip & two 3/4"x20" strips
- Headband (preferably fabric)
- Hot glue gun & sticks
- Scissors and/or rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Straight edge
- Craft stick
I started by cutting off the cuff and then cut the leg off at 20".
|Remove the cuff and cut the pajama leg at 20 inches.|
I trimmed off one edge to make it completely straight and then cut the three strips needed for the headband.
|Trim off the edge to get a straight line.|
Time to fire up the hot glue gun. If you want, you could use a fast drying fabric glue instead. Just test it on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure it won't bleed through.
|Silk + Hot glue gun = Stinky!|
Begin to cover the headband by gluing one end of the 3/4" wide strips to the inside of the band.
|Just a little dab'll do ya!|
Then wrap the strip around the headband as evenly as possible. Don't worry about the frayed threads. Snip them off if they get a bit too long or are getting in the way. You can trim the whole thing up later. I like the raw edges, so only trimmed the very long ones.
|Lots of wrapping.|
You'll need both 3/4" strips to completely cover the headband.
|The covered headband.|
The headband's finished, so now it's time to start on the flower. Cut a circle of felt. I used brown because I didn't have blue and I thought the brown would blend in better with my hair, just in case anyone could see it while I was wearing it. Turns out you can't.
|Starting the flower.|
Begin on the outside and work your way in. Use a craft stick to hold the 1.5" wide silk strip in place. It's just a great way to avoid burning your fingerprints off. I just used a smushing technique (yes, a very technical term) and filled in nearly the entire circle.
|Smush it! Smush it real good!|
To fill in the center, I took the rest of the strip and twisted it, piled a bunch of glue in the center and artfully (more smushing) arranged the twisted bit in place. Tuck the end in and secure with a bit more glue.
|This flower's a bit twisted.|
Cut a small strip of felt to make a loop on the back. This will hold the flower onto the headband. Just glue the ends down, leaving the middle open.
|It's kind of like a belt loop...but for your head.|
And that's it. Finished. Done. Complete. Fin. That's all she wrote.
|Mine! All mine!|
I'm so in love with this headband. I tend to make hair accessories just for Zara, but this one is all for me. And what?
|More views of my loverly new headband.|