Sunday, February 6, 2011

ruffled felt rose headband {tutorial}

You know when you go to a blog and you instantly feel comfortable? Like you belong there? That's how I feel about Living the Swell Life, a blog by a right adorable girl named Jessica. And we feel so lucky to be sharing one of her brand new tutorials here. It's just the kind of thing the Little Birdies like to make. So enjoy, then head over to Living the Swell Life for more.

Ruffled Rose Headband Tutorial

This felt ruffled rose is perfect for finishing off so many different crafts , including sweet Valentine's Day projects! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to turn it into a darling little headband. Once you know the basics, you'll be able to mix it up and translate this concept to tons of other projects, like corsages, pillows, and garlands. Enjoy!

Step 1 |

Flower supplies:

Felt (I love wool felt, but any sort of felt will do. I choose two different colors to help create more depth.)
Fabric scissors
Felt tip pen or fabric marker
Needle Thread (I choose a slightly lighter color so it would be more visible in photos.)
Chipboard for flower pattern
Buttons, if desired

To make a headband:
Elastic headband
Hot glue gun

To create the flower pattern, you can either download and print the image, or go ahead and free-hand your own. C'mon you can do it! My flower is approximately 2.5" in diameter

Step 2 |

Trace pattern onto felt, repeat x5

Step 3 |

Cut flowers. Note: I prefer to skip step 2 and to simply hold my pattern on the felt as I cut around. Felt is somewhat stiff and easy to work with, so this works well. You'll also avoid pen marks on your edges.

Steps 4 & 5 |

Lay one flower down as a base. Fold remaining 4 flowers in half and pile on top of one another so that you have four quarters sticking out.

Step 6 |

Double up the thread on your needle and you're ready to sew! Begin at the center and make several stitches until you've caught all 4 quarters.

Step 7 |

To help ruffle your rose, peel back some of the inner layers and make additional stitches at center to help sculpt the petals into different, more upright directions. Note: If this seems too abstract or confusing--don't fret, you can skip this step also!

Step 8 |

You've got a finished rose! The plain look is very sophisticated, however if you wish to add a button...

Step 9 |

Continue using the same strand of thread to sew a fancy button of your choice to the center.

Step 10 |

To turn your pretty petals into a headband, cut an additional circle of felt slightly smaller than the back of the flower. Flip the flower upside down, add a giant squirt of hot glue, and make a sandwich with the headband and felt circle . It's that simple! I chose to embellish my finished headband with 2 green felt leaves, cut free-hand with a pinking shears.

Now that you've mastered this simple flower, go ahead and experiment with extra layers of felt, different sizes, or use a variety of fabrics.

Thanks, Jessica!

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20 Responses to “ruffled felt rose headband {tutorial}”

Jil Casey said...

The rose could also be made into a pin - it would look pretty on the lapel of a coat or on a hat.

Nana said...

wow..... very inspiring :)
how u can create and find many more idea for your blog?
all tutorial is very inspiring .... ^^

best regard from indonesia! ^^

marisa said...

It might just be me but I can never get those elastic bands to stay on my head and not start to roll off! hehe! I'm thinking I could try it on a regular headband? Thanks for the cute tutorial!

dannyscotland said...

Oh, this is so great! I have wondered how to make these for so long.

Unknown said...

Wonderful tutorial... I've actually been casually looking for instructions on how to do this!

Emily @SweetlyScrapped said...

Oh wow! Thanks for sharing. You see these & wonder how to create the petals that way ;) THanks so much for sharing. I am going to try this with paper too ;)

Maz said...

Great tutorial, thanks! This will be perfect for my bezzie's little girl. But like Marisa think I'll be giving it a go with a regular headband!

☼ Carolina ☼ said...

great!! I love it!!

Trina said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Those roses are so cute!

Danelle said...

wow! beautiful! Thanks so much <3

meemsnyc said...

What an adorable idea!

dreamalittle said...

utterly and completely gorgeous, I'm going to have to try this, I've got a whole load of felt and some vintage buttons...that's my weekend gone ;)

Tatkis said...

It realy is so beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Best wishes,

Bonnie said...

I made a few of these! Love how they came out. Check them out on my blog. :)

Jayna (JJCrochet) said...

Great post and easy instructions. Thanks for featuring this tutorial - love the headband!


Katy said...

I'm doing this with a whole gaggle of ten-year olds coming to my house on Monday. I had another project ready to go, but saw these and got so excited I changed my plans!

Julie D said...

Thanks for the tutorial! My baby has a bunting type winter coat that makes her look like a big, furry bear. However, it's brown, so people kept thinking she was a boy. I made one of these flowers and stitched it on her hood by the teddy bear ear. I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten -- and for less than 15 mins. of work! Awesome!

IeneMiene said...

Thank you for this super tutorial! I have just made a flower to embellish my little girl's hat. If you'd like, you can take a look at


Susie Buetow said...

Hi!! We are featuring your lovely Ruffled Felt Rose Headband on our blog. Enjoy the feature. We shared you on our twitter, facebook and pinterest pages.

We want to invite you to link up at our weekly Crafty Showcase which runs Friday Midnight through Thursday Noon. We then feature the top pics on Friday.

Have a super weekend, Susie @Bowdabra

Pat C. said...

I've never seen this particular technique before... so much fullness for so few petals! Thank you! xoxo

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