Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flickr Friends Guest Post: Hayley from Come to the Mouse House

Hi there!! My name is Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House, where I blog about decorating, crafting, parenting, and everything in between.

Can I just tell you how excited I am to be guest posting here today?  Well, yes, I am super duper happy to be here to show off my Fabric Flower Headband Tutorial!


A few months ago, I made a dress for the sew-along portion of Project Run and Play and I also created a fabric headband to match.  People seemed to like the dress, but more people were interested in how I made the headband!

I realized that my guest post here is the perfect opportunity to finally create the tutorial, so I hope you enjoy!




I am always looking for ways to use up the baskets and baskets (and baskets!) of scrap fabrics I have and this headband is a perfect way to destash.


Go ahead print out the pattern found HERE
Cut out the fabric and the felt circle.
Grab your trusty glue gun and your sewing machine

You are going to use your sewing machine to gather each strip of fabric on the straight side.
Here is a tip on how to easily gather fabric:

Set your machine to a "basting stitch" or a long stitch

Then, crank up the tension, as high as it will go

Then run a straight stitch down the side of the fabric
(don't back stitch or lock stitch at all)

That simple technique automatically gathers your fabric!

To adjust the gathers, simply pull the bobbin threads until you have the desired amount of gathering

Do that to all four strips of fabric.
You now have 4 fabric "flowers".
Cut the long threads off.



Stack your four fabric flowers


Stitch the four layers together using a basic straight stitch

At this point, you can add a button or a fabric rosette to the middle using your hot glue gun or sewing machine


Time to assemble!
Don't forget to buy some elastic headbands from the store
And go!

 DONE-ZO!
Once you get the hang of it, you can probably whip out 100 of these babies in under an hour.  That might be a tad ridiculous to do, but it is possible.  


I actually have another style of flower headband that I make and there will be ANOTHER tutorial on my blog next week, so be sure to check it out!


Now, please scroll down to see some photos of my adorable child. 
I have no shame.
I am okay with that.
Just please agree with me that her cheeks are amazing.






 Thank you SO much LiZ and Elizabeth
 for having me over here today.  
It was a pleasure and I can't thank you girls enough!

7 comments :

  1. Your daughter is very cute, lovely cheeks!
    Great tutorial, easy to follow, just made one :)
    Hand stitched instead of sewing machine, still quick but perhaps not 100 in an hour lol.
    I attached mine to a hair clip cause that's what I had on hand.
    Thanks Heaps

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  2. Your daughter and her cheeks are adorable! This is a great tut, pinning it now. :) My girls will be getting some new headbands today.

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  3. Stephanie, wowsers! You are fast, haha! Good idea about the clips!

    Rebecca, I bet your girls will look adorable in them :)

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial Hayley!

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  5. Pretty flowers!! And your daughter is darling!!!

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  6. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial! :) and yes, your daughters cheeks are AMAZING!! :) :)

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